Reading List: Mother Love by Rita Dove

” This is how easily the pit/ opens. This is how one foot sinks into the ground” 

Persephone Falling

        Just finished reading this collection of poems by Rita Dove! It was so wonderful.

 I’ve been trying to get my hands on it since studying a few of Dove’s poems in my Writing By Women’s class last semester. So I was very happy when I found it at @russellbooksvictoria last week. 

 Dove’s writing is brilliant and powerful. It’s no surprise that she was poet laureate for the U.S from 1993-1995. 

In this collection, Dove works with the Greek myth of Persephone and Demeter to explore the relationships between daughters and mothers at numerous stages and settings. 

I would recommend to friends and acquaintances. Especially if they like poetry, modernized tellings of myths, and women writers who are just completely brilliant. 


Writing: The Continued Performance of Death and Grief

Trevor Collister 1922-2016


Death and Grief move

as partners.

One leads,

The other follows.

Notes and chords

choosing the leader.

But for the most part…


for the most part it starts and ends the same.

Grief manifests

whispering past lips

screaming into ears

to hover above heart and lungs

to root in our stomaches.

Grief catches hold

as Deaths gasping fingers reach out

for the final beats of pulsing blood,

the final hums of breath.


Grief screams,

“too soon”,

“not yet”,

“even so…”

Death drags and pulls,


before we get a chance to say a proper goodbye.


In return, Grief burns,

flaring up the roots it has made.

to poor out our eyes

and track dirt across our cheeks

to throw itself into the rhythm of

sobs and                               silences.


Grief slides down to its knees,

drumming familiar beats,

with hands and feet


as Death takes a bow.

Its performance over.

Yet, Grief continues on.


Eventually, Grief settles.

Not today

and probably not tomorrow

but someday,

Grief will find a place to calm


Memory to spill out.


like spoonfuls of sugar

and the smell of cigarette smoke,

reaching both arms out wide

to spin


and round.


This is when Grief slips away

put to rest

until its next appearance

on stage.

– a. benson (seascatchfire23)

Reading List: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

“A gambler, a convict, a wayward son, a lost Grisha, a Suli girl who had become a killer, a boy from the Barrel who became something worse. What bound them together?” 

In Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo continues to add the world which she created in “The Grisha Trilogy”. A world the grips and pulls. The plot moves rapidly, sharing fragments of each characters past as the story builds. The characters and the relationships between them are intricate and woven together reaching in a grasping at the darkest of places. 

Six of Crows has grit to it that is hard to wash off even after the last page. I can’t wait for its sequel.