Squandered and bleak, pillaged and plundered.
It is a feeling of being desolate and barren,
glimmered with a touch of hope and wonder
that holds you this side of the soil
You don’t want to be so acrimonious but your lenses are more maroon than rose-tinted
Why does it have to be this way?
Always an ache to follow an ache,
And what feels like nothing in between
To soften the blow
Who can dare do this to you
With all your gifts and curses,
Nightmares and dreams
How does one fight that?
Isn’t it sad that often for artists and writers, recognition comes posthumously? If you asked me to make a list of my top ten albums or books, I could confidently assure that at least half, or a comfortable majority, of those I mentioned, were produced by someone who no longer sits top side of the soil. But maybe it’s not sad. Perhaps that is the real beauty of an artists death; they can continue to inspire, educate and influence from beyond the grave.
Recently the American author Toni Morrison passed away, and I saw her death mourned across multiple media outlets. Morrison, by no means, went unnoticed in her lifetime. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Morrison enjoyed great recognition for her literary and storytelling talents. But when she died, I felt guilty. I felt guilty that I had never read one of her works.
I’ve now come across a copy of Beloved, and have begun reading. I’m only a chapter or two in. But already I feel a great sense of loss. I’ve lost a voice in this world that I had never heard until now. The same feeling, I remember noticing the first time I listened to Jeff Buckley, knowing that nothing more than the finite recordings of a marvellous mind was all that remained.
Just a Thought.
E. M Forster The Machine Stops, that was mine. I remember reading, incredulous to the idea that it had been written over 100 years ago. Questioning, how could someone who hadn’t seen the invention of television be describing the lives of humanity in a digital age.
Today, the stories relevance and commentary on the way technology can corrupt humanity is more important than ever.
So what short story made an impact on you? Why should everyone read it?
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Peace and love,
No matter how versed in literature you may be, everyone has that one book they’ve always intended to read and never quite managed to do it. It’s that book that you feel guilty about. That book you know you should have read.
So what’s yours? Leave me a comment.
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A great novel by a great author, The Road is a must-read for anyone who enjoys post-apocalyptic fiction. McCarthy’s unique, sparse writing style is engaging, and the bleak future he paints in the novel adeptly pulls the reader into the sense of despair he develops.
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