Monday, April 27, 2015

Violet Orchid

He eats tuna fish
Beside the violet orchid.
Caterpillar yellow stamen slinks down
Butterfly winged petals.
His teeth crush muscle,
Tear apart flesh
Mixed in with borrowed mayonnaise.
Green stalks to hide
His wonton eyes
Behind purple petals.
He devours the plant.
Sneer with false teeth
Stamens extruding from his 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Love Poem

You are the leech
that drains the poison.

You are the snore
that drowns out my alarms.

You are the salt
that draws out my sweetness.

You are the sap
that keeps me water tight.

You are the dirt
that feeds my blooms.

You are the dragon
that makes me his treasure.

The Bees

The BeesThe Bees by Laline Paull
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a slow burn. Keep reading. It pays off in the end. .I think I was trying to find some allegorical or symbolic meaning. But then I realized it is just about a bee in a hive. Then I almost gave up....why do I care about Flora 717? But she crawled under my skin, and I was crying by the end. The prologue and epilogue are superfluous, and detract from the whole,. Original and well-written.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Trail of Broken Wings

Trail of Broken WingsTrail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Somehow I have stumbled on to reading books about domestic violence lately. This one by far explores the aftermath of what is like to deal with the after effects of violence by someone you loved. However, I also had the least emotional connection with any of the characters in the book. It is readable, and the bits of Indian culture sprinkled throughout was interesting and made me hungry for some Chai, but all in all, it is forgettable.

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Eleanor & Park

Eleanor and ParkEleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Move over Belle and Edward...this is what teen love should really look like. Yes, there are cliches, but what are cliches other than relateable situations? Yes, there are unanswered questions, but you don't notice until you are reflecting on it later, which you will, because this story sticks with you. Yes, there is language, but somehow it makes the love story that much more pure, set on the back of a high school bus amidst bullies who are loud and crass. All I can say is I hope all of the Eleanors out there (and what girl isn't insecure to some extent?) find a Park to love them just as they are .

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Thank You for Your Service

Thank You for Your ServiceThank You for Your Service by David Finkel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

David Finkel starts out by explaining that soldiers who come home from war and have trouble with PTSD or traumatic brain injury or one of another myriad injuries seen and unseen from the latest wars, if seen as red dots on a map would make America glow from coast to coast. But instead of choosing the many, Finkel concentrates on a few of the individual dots. Apparently he followed the same soldiers during their tour in a previous book, but it is not necessary to read it to understand or know these vets. Most of his vignettes are typical day to day occurrences, yet he writes with such style and poetry, you find yourself getting caught up in their minutiae and it in fact better informs the reader how every day, from nightmares at night to trying to keep a job, and especially interacting with loved ones is a daily ordeal. It highlights the struggle to go through the military beauocracy to get help, and the randomness as to what program they get help from. It also helps you see the struggle family members, especially wives, have of ttrying to understand and empathize with this man who no longer acts like their husband. And they seem to get no help at all from the military community. Althogh focusing on a handful of soldiers is helpful for creating empathy, I still wish Finkel might have included a picture for the whole...are there programs that have been shown to work? Are women vets as affected with PTSD? Are there any preventative measures we can take? What can the public at large do? (It seemed the soldiers found any sympathy given from civilians both paltry and insincere). Great read.

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