2017 Reading Challenge

Taken from the Modern Mrs Darcy website I took up the following challenge for 2017 and here is my completed list:

A book you chose for the cover:
A Vocation and a Voice: Stories by Kate Chopin

A book with a reputation for being un-put-down-able:
Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

A book set somewhere you’ve never been but would like to visit:
History of Ancient Egypt by Erik Hornung 

A book you’ve already read:
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

A juicy memoir:
Of Ashes and Rivers that Run to the Sea by Marie Munkara

A book about books or reading:
The Oxford Book of English Verse, 1250-1918 by Arthur Quiller-Couch

A book in a genre you usually avoid:
Meditations on First Philosophy by Rene Descaties 

A book you don’t want to admit your dying to read:
The Feminist Manifesto by Mina Loy

A book in the backlist of a new favorite author:
Transformations by Anne Sexton

A book recommended by someone with great taste:
The Yellow Wallpaper; The Wallpaper Replies by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

A book you were exited to buy or borrow but haven’t read yet:
Collected Poems: 1969-1999 by John Forbes

A book about a topic or subject you already love:
See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

Don’t Tell Me

Don’t Tell Me

Don’t tell me what I can or cunt do
Don’t try to censor me with your personal bias
I am not your mouth piece and never claimed it
I don’t crave your acceptance or require it
Try stifling my speech and see what a territorial bitch I can be
Try throwing archaic values you’ve placed upon locution I feel empowered by
Sisters in solidarity is what we should be
Instead the use of one term divides us
Disagree with me and shame me down
Shame on you for censoring my language
I reclaim the noun – the verb – the word
I use it proud and loud
For I am the CUNT who takes it back and brings it to the fore
For I am the CUNT who refuses to bend to your fickle contempt
For CUNTS everywhere –
I seize and celebrate whilst waving your policing views adieu

 (C) T. Altman 2017

 

Remedy

Remedy

Stumbling preeminent neediness
Into stony seas of logical distress
Exploring with detected trepidation
Analyzing abysmal wretchedness
Commanding intelligent selflessness

For what purpose, point and pine

For the tumbling truth
For the painful promise
For the rhyming ridicule
For the salacious savvy
For the remedy of writing

Resolutely the enormity is me

 (c) T. Altman 2017

 

Allotrope

Honey soaked, troubled notes

Pierced within cracking walls

Unreleased burdens, build and topple

Foraged for tranquil peace

Regarded as flotsam – inestimable instead

Paragon of the genetrix cue

Lumbered pressure allotropes does make

Verse (c) T. Altman 2017

(Image: Woman Aflame by Dali)