Thursday, July 30, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
In a rocky cleft
beneath the willows,
burns a quavering blue flame
that I alone must tend,
arcing my body into a canopy
when the rain pelts
or smothering snow falls.
In all weathers I must feed the fire
scraps of paper, broken pencils,
and fingernails torn as I scratch and claw
through the bricklike clay of my spirit,
hardened by years of rejection,
yet fertile still when gently watered.
Dig through unyielding earth for
wood chips, abandoned cardboard,
any and all refuse
that might feed this insatiable muse,
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
A couple of months ago, I had a thread about mysteries and some of you recommended Julia Spencer-Fleming's mysteries about Episcopal priest Clare Fergusson. Well, I bought the first one in the series, In the Bleak Midwinter, and I really liked it. The main character is complex and has some unexpected aspects to her, not least of which is her attraction to the married chief of police. I'm definitely going to keep reading this series.
I also read one spy novel: Secret Asset (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard). The author, Stella Rimington, was once director of MI5, so her novels have a great feeling of authenticity. I like that the protagonist is a woman, Liz Carlisle, and not a James Bond clone.
Finally, I've read Susan Vreeland's novel Luncheon of the Boating Party. It is a fictional account of how Renoir painted his masterpiece, but it is very well-researched and I've learned a lot from reading it. It's written in an engaging, readable style. For me, the best part is getting inside the head of a painter.
So that's the list of books I've read since the last time I posted a review. I'm up to 17 books this year. Not as impressive as people who read a book or more a week, but still not too shabby.