1/31/21

January Monthly wrap-up 2021

 


Books read: 

Fiction: 

Boots and the Seven Leaguers 


The War of Mist book two of Luthiel's Song

Roses are blue octopi are cool I don't like modern poetry

 Roses are blue octopi are cool

modern poetry sucks like the suckers on an octopus arms

an octopus is all squishy with no bones

flowers bath in the sun

along comes the sweet rhythm of the breeze 

my feet come stumping on those flowers

stump, stump, stump

modern poetry is the suckers on an octopus's arms 




Normally in all the English classes, I have taken poetry it is my favorite unite. I like reading and analyzing poetry. I took a writing class for college and one of the units is poetry. The poetry that we have to write was slam poetry. The instructor provides some videos on people performing slam poetry, so we have an idea of what it is. Now one of the prompts for slam poetry was to write about a struggle. A lot of the people in the class took it to mean you have to write something personal. The prompt just says to write a poem about a struggle and that could be anything.

I am a private person, and I will be least likely to break down and get all personal, telling my life story. What I did instead was write a struggle poem about my brother's cat. I'll share and maybe one day I'll make it into a picture book.

The Cat who eats everything


My brother has a cat name Raven

She’s quite so brave to be call the cat of a thousand names

To be know as Shadow, Ninja, and Panther just to name a few

But the name she is know most is the furry black hole that devour all


Raven not to be within a mile of any thanksgiving fest

She will take a chunk out of the turkey

Stuff herself with stuffing

Leave pawprints in the mash potatoes

Lick the cranberry souse dry

Take a bite of the apple pie

Nibble on the pumpkin pie

Raven’s hunger does not stop at holiday meals

No cans of tuna

No chicken

No beef

No pork is ever safe

With a paw she will push shrimp off the table

Acting like it fell on its own


Raven is so round

Can only see her pointed ears

her yellow eyes are as big as an owl

She will lock her eyes on to yours

As you spoon cereal quickly in to your mouth

Scooping more cereal trying not to lose to a cat

Just a few more scoops

Eventually coming down to your lost

You slowly push the bowl of remaining milk to Raven


Take this warning to heart

Beware who ever enters where Raven dwells

Leave no crumb unguarded

She hides beneath the shadows

Waiting to strike

Raven is my brother’s cat, the furry black hole that devour all 
  

The lesson I learn from this is that I don't like slam poetry or as a matter of fact I dislike modern poetry or most of it that are.

Okay, let's back up for a moment as to why I'm writing this post. A bit backstory is that I came across a blogger that wrote a discussion post on how to get into poetry. The advice was to start with modern poetry because it’s easier to relate to. I disagree to an extent.

As to why I don't like most modern poetry is because it’s all emotional statements. It doesn't have a flow. Not necessarily rhyme. Poetry doesn't have to rhyme but there has to be a pattern.

To put this to the test I went and borrow two books from the library. One of them is called The Sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur and the other is The Octopus Game by Nicky Beer. Both authors are female I didn't intend that way, but it works out. That way I can prefer one over the other without crybabies whining about how "sexist" for saying a man is better. Guess what sometimes a man is better than a woman and sometimes a woman is better than a man. Everyone has different skills. Then again people are going to whine no matter what.

Back to the point. It appears that Rupi Kaur has more feminist views. My bias is going to show when I say I have a strong opinion about feminism. I'm not going to rant about it but, I don't stand with the agenda of modern 3rd wave feminism.


Here I will provide some examples from each book

This is from The Sun and her flowers:


I live for that first second in the morning 

when i am still half-conscious 

i hear the hummingbirds outside 

flirting with the flowers 

i hear the flowers giggling 

and the bees growing jealous

when i turn over to wake you 

it starts all over again

the panting 

the wailing 

the shock 

of realizing 

that you've left 

- the first mornings without you pg. 23

This is not bad. The sentences start out long and then shorted with each line leading to a conclusion. Now if only every poem in the book was like that. 

Here another example: 

i am sorry this world 

could not keep you safe

may you journey home 

be a soft and peaceful one

-rest in peace pg. 125

It all statement. The poem and so many other poems in the book are all emotional statement that have no impact. Instead of a wall it’s a big fluffy pillow.
 

Another example: 


if i am the longest relationship 

of my life

isn't it time to 

nurture intimacy

and love 

with the person 

i lie in bed with each night

- acceptance pg. 108


Broken English page 149 - This is a long poem that I'm not going to copy here. To sum it all up. It's an emotional hateful rant that beats the reader over the head and jabs a finger at them. The poem doesn't bring the reader up to the level of sympathizing with the poet.


Poetry is supposed to evoke emotions of joy, sorrow, pain, anger, etc. Rupi Kaur does very little to none of that. Instead, she talks directly to the reader and slaps them in the face. It like kicking a puppy. What did the puppy do to you?

For The Octopus Game:


She is as at the fair both circus tent

and sideshow freak within, each blue-ringed spot

an ornament and affliction intent 

on advertising, in the polyglot

speech of nature, her peculiar venom

which seizes the victim first in a rush 

of wonderment, freezing his limbs in some

sudden winter, all the while a weird thrush 

mottles his tongue with rime, so that his first 

words of love should be perfectly preserved 

for this tattooed girl, this contortionist 

adrift in the lonely excess of her

power, so rife with death throughout she will

at times, upon her own breath, taste its chill. 

-Frost on the Octopus pg. 15


Nicky Beer writes poetry with structure and rhythm. Again, poetry does not have to rhyme but, it does have to have a structure and rhythm. The lines in Frost on the Octopus are not broken up at random. Instead, there a relationship created between two words from one line to the next, creating a flow.
 

Another Example: 

They didn't understand: I never wanted 

to kill myself, just to hang in the air

a little while, my body uncommitted

to any particular surface, loose

as a starfish someone's scooped from the sea

floor and let drift back to the bottom. Only

then my head as if the flushed and lovely

assistant in magic trick-disappeared, 

and with it it my plan for getting down. But

the story had a happy ending none-

theless: they cleaned me up and screwed a silver

eye into my skull. Now I am free 

to spend my hours gently swinging in and out

of the slatted light. Look at me: I can't stop smiling

-Laboratory Model pg. 52


The bottom line here is The Octopus Game poetry is better written than The Sun and her flowers. Not all modern poetry sucks. There is some good modern poetry however I haven't read any that has that spark. Then again time is the final judge in this. Rupi Kaur will likely fade into obscurity or dramatically improve somehow. Either with time, by unlocking her true poetical, or she gets struck by some divine lightning bolt from the sky. Hay, we all went through 2020 so no one should be surprised if that the next crazy thing that happens. Where in the dark timeline after all.

Both poets have a feminist theme in their poetry. It does not make sense that one terrible poet gets all popular and a genuine good poet gets brush under the rug. Now that I think about it in marketing terms, people that are not well-versed in poetry are going to go with what everyone else is talking about. Very few people step out of the herd mentality and go down the beaten path. No, I not trying to be a poetry snob. This is just the overall reality of how people can be at times.

Since I disagree with this blogger's advice starting with modern poetry because it is more "relatable", then I have to give my advice for how to get into poetry. Here my abridge version because this is must deeper topic that I can go into, but to spare the length of this post I not going too deep.

If you want to get into poetry start exploring different forms of poetry. There are so many different styles of poetry out there that you’re going to find a few that you'll like. Yes, some forms are more popular in the current time periods than others. That the beauty of it. If you don't like one form, then you can move on to the next and you can always go back. Unlike starting with modern poetry and working your way backward. It’s all trial and error. When it comes to reading one type of poetry in one time period it’s like listening to one type of music. It’s going to get old fast.

Another way one can get into poetry is to read poetry anthologies either one with poems related to a certain theme or one that a collection of different poets.

That my advice for how to get into poetry and this is the end of my rant on modern poetry. Hope you enjoy and got something out of this.

1/27/21

The City in the Lake

The City in the Lake The City in the Lake by Rachel Neumeier

Genre: High Fantasy

Age: Teen 

POV: 3rd person altering pov. 

Summary: The Kingdom’s heart is the City. The City’s heart is the King. The King’s heart is the Prince. The Prince is missing. Something is wrong in the kingdom. Something disturbed the old magic reaching out to the far reaches of the kingdom to villages where Timou lives. When Timou’s father journeys to the City to help look for the Prince, but never returns, Timou senses that the disturbance in the Kingdom is linked to her and to the undiscovered heritage of the mother she never knew. She must leave her village, even if it means confronting powers greater than her own. 

1/25/21

The New Prophecy books 4,5&6 Warrior Cats series


**Spoiler alert ** 

There will be spoilers for all three books. 

Summary:
The clans have finally settled into their new homes around the lake. Now they must establish their territories and learn the danger of their new home. Without the moonstone the warriors have no way of connecting with their ancestors. Leafpaw must find a replacement for the moonstone otherwise there will be no way to communicate with StarClan.

“On the other side, beyond the gap that led into the stone hollow, the unknown forest lay waiting. No—ThunderClan’s new territory lay waiting.”
― Erin Hunter, Starlight

1/19/21

Stacking the Shelves #3 & WWW #7

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Reading Reality where people share their latest book hauls. 

I have two separated hauls from the pass two weeks. I will start with the oldest one first. 


1/15/21

The 39 Steps: movie review


Genre
: Thriller

Year of release: 1935

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Summary: Richard Hannay is a Canadian visitor to London. At the end of "Mr. Memory's show in a music hall, he meets Annabella Smith, who is running away from secret agents. He agrees to hide her in his flat, but she is murdered during the night. Fearing that he could be accused of the murder, Hannay goes on the run to break the spy ring.

1/13/21

The Best Ghost Stories Ever: Scholastic Classics Edition

 Reading the World #9

I haven't done a Reading the World Post in a long time. Now I'm back and this topic will be on ghost story mainly by America and British authors from the late 1800s to the early 1900s.

Edited by Christopher Krovatin

About the book: This is the Scholastic Classics edition of the Best Ghost and since its publish by Scholastic it going to cater to a young audiences. All of the authors are well known and as for the stories? The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Monkey's Paw, and The Masque of the Red Death are three stories everyone should at least have heard of. 

Then there are some other stories by well known and not so known authors like The Empty House, The Judge's House, A Ghost Story, The Yellow Wallpaper, The Romance of Certain Old Clothes, and The Story of Clifford House. 

The stories:

The Empty House by Algernon Blackwell - This is one of my favorite short stories of all time. The reason for that is how it build up atmosphere by using three of the five senses. 

1/11/21

The War of Mists: book two of Luthiel's Song

The War of Mists Goodreads: The War of Mists

Author: Robert Fanney

Genre: High Fantasy

Age: Teen

Summary: War is on the horizon. The folks all across the Faelands are gathering and marching to the Vale. The only thing standing in their way are the widdershe spiders.

1/8/21

Alone in the Dark: Movie review


Genre:
Action, Horror, Creature Feature

Rated: R - language 

Year Release: 2005

Director: Uwe Bull

Summary: Edward Carnby, detective of the paranormal, unexplained and supernatural, investigates a mystery (the recent death of a friend) with clues leading to "Shadow Island" that brings him face to face with bizarre horrors that prove both psychologically disturbing and lethal, as he discovers that evil demons worshiped by an ancient culture called the Abskani are planning on coming back to life in the 21st century to once again take over the world

1/7/21

What Defines a favorite: A response


This post is a response to Paper Procreations on my comment to what defines a favorite. I am placing this on my blog because I have a lot to say and I didn't want to make it out to be a long comment. Plus, I want to expand more on the points I made.

In summary I said that someone's favorite can be defines by what is popular at the time. I left the link so you can see for yourself. 

1/5/21

The Anti TBR tag



 A popular book EVERYONE loves that you have no interest in reading? 

Any book by Sara J. Maas. I have no interest what so ever in reading her books.

 A classic book (or author) you don’t have an interest in reading? 

1/2/21

Boots and the Seven Leaguers

Boots and the Seven Leaguers Goodreads: Boots and the Seven Leaguers by Jane Yolen

Genre: Fantasy

Age: Teen

Summary: The most popular band in the Kingdom is coming and Gog does have a ticket. So he and his friend Pook decide to glamor themselves as roadies and earn their tickets. Gog little brother has gone missing. Gog needs to find him and get back in time to the rock concert.