Daily Archives: October 8, 2011

Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Photo by Arnold Genthe - 1914

As a teenager starving for more female role models (specifically poets), someone who knew me rather well recommended that I check out Edna St. Vincent Millay.  The recommend-er correctly believed that I would not only be fascinated by Millay’s biography, but by her poetry, as well.  She was truly a woman who lived her art and that is something that I admire with all of my heart.

The Little Ghost

I knew her for a little ghost
That in my garden walked;
The wall is high–higher than most–
And the green gate was locked.

And yet I did not think of that
Till after she was gone–
I knew her by the broad white hat,
All ruffled, she had on.

By the dear ruffles round her feet,
By her small hands that hung
In their lace mitts, austere and sweet,
Her gown’s white folds among.

I watched to see if she would stay,
What she would do–and oh!
She looked as if she liked the way
I let my garden grow!

She bent above my favourite mint
With conscious garden grace,
She smiled and smiled–there was no hint
Of sadness in her face.

She held her gown on either side
To let her slippers show,
And up the walk she went with pride,
The way great ladies go.

And where the wall is built in new
And is of ivy bare
She paused–then opened and passed through
A gate that once was there.

From:  Renascence and Other Poems

The Dream

Love, if I weep it will not matter,
And if you laugh I shall not care;
Foolish am I to think about it,
But it is good to feel you there.

Love, in my sleep I dreamed of waking, —
White and awful the moonlight reached
Over the floor, and somewhere, somewhere,
There was a shutter loose, — it screeched!

Swung in the wind, — and no wind blowing! —
I was afraid, and turned to you,
Put out my hand to you for comfort, —
And you were gone!  Cold, cold as dew,

Under my hand the moonlight lay!
Love, if you laugh I shall not care,
But if I weep it will not matter, —
Ah, it is good to feel you there!

From:  Renascence and Other Poems

And Edna St. Vincent Millay reading Love is Not All

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Bookmarks Magazine – All about books!

You may or may not have noticed that my posting has been a little erratic this past week.  This is because I traveled across the country for my company’s National Sales Meeting in California.  While the meetings were good, it left my brain totally fried and my body screaming at me for more sleep, so I did not get to update as consistently as I hoped that I would be able to.

Personally, though, I enjoy traveling and flying on airplanes.  The idea of being “stuck” on a plane for 5+ hours is dreamy to me because it provides me with that many uninterrupted hours with which I can read.  For this trip, I worked on wrapping up The Night Circus, but I wanted to bring a magazine or two along so that I could switch over to something different, if necessary.

So, the night prior to heading out, my husband and I went to Barnes & Noble and scoured the literary magazines. The scouring paid off.  I discovered an excellent magazine called Bookmarks.  Their tagline is – For everyone who hasn’t read everything.  Well, that’s me.  And I always want new recommendations.  When I’m less than halfway through any given novel, I’m thinking ahead to what I’m going to read next.

Not actually the current cover

This magazine is chock full o’new books (separated by genre), paperbacks, recommendations from book clubs, etc.  Flipping through this for a few minutes, I walked away with at least 5 books that I want to read within the next year.  I’m ecstatic that I stumbled upon this (a magazine that I had no idea actually existed) and wanted to share it with you!

Bookmarks Magazine:  http://bookmarksmagazine.com/

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Fun with words Friday! Whimsy

A whimsy of wing'd things by Lauren K. Cannon


whimsy – noun

  1. capricious humor or disposition; extravagant, fanciful, or excessively playful expression: a play with lots of whimsy.
  2. an odd or fanciful notion
  3. anything odd or fanciful; a product of playful or capricious fancy: a whimsy from an otherwise thoughtful writer.

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