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A celebration, this is: Sylvia Plath

Happy Birthday, Sylvia Plath! In honor of Ms. Plath’s birthday, I am sharing this blog post that I wrote a few years back… for her birthday.

No Other Appetite

Sylvia Plath was born on October 27, 1932.  As we all know, she is no longer with us, but her writing and passion live on.  For me, personally, I have yet to find another writer who touches me in the same way that her words touch me.  Her fiction, poetry, letters, and personal journals are treasures that will all continue to live on as  classics forever.

In celebration of the memory of her life, here are a few videos of Sylvia Plath reading some of her work:

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To Write or Not To Write…

Antique black typewriter painted with UV light. Various objects on a dark background. Artistic blur.

Antique black typewriter painted with UV light. Various objects on a dark background. Artistic blur.

Surprise, surprise… it has, once again, been quite the lag since my last post. All of life’s daily “stuff” has really left me feeling pretty deflated by the end of the day. Between work (I started a new job last February), baby (turning two next month!), pets (3 cats, many reptiles), caring for the house (the cleaning… never…. stops…!!), and all of the other things that come up, there really isn’t much time leftover to update my blog. As always, however, my intentions are to MAKE time and to set up a more definitive schedule. It might take me some time to get there, but I’m truly hoping that I get there.

This past year has been pretty tumultuous. Last October I left a company that I worked at for close to 7 years and worked briefly at another company that just wasn’t a good fit. I wasn’t happy from day one and struggled to try to make things work. This was happening while we went through the worst winter that we’ve had in a long time. Snow. So much snow. Somewhere in the midst of all of this, I came down with a nagging cough that turned out to be bronchitis. I put an application into my current company during the holidays, and, luckily, everything worked out! I’m much happier now, enjoy the work that I’m doing and the people who I work with.

Being in a better place mentally and emotionally inspired me to start up my classes towards an M.A. in Creative Writing again. Finally, finally I was going to be able to start my actual creative writing classes! Needless to say, I was psyched and determined to make the most out of it. As I began, however, I found that my excitement dissipated fairly fast. My inspiration depleted completely. How could it be that I was running out of gas on achieving my lifelong dream just as I was getting to the good part of the process?

The realization that I wasn’t invested in the work and that it wasn’t helping me find any additional joy in my days was startling. My desire to be a writer has been an integral part of my personal identity for as far back as I can recall. I felt as though I was watching my dreams die, but they weren’t dying because anyone else was shooting me down; they were dying because… well, I don’t know why. If this wasn’t a part of my path, then what have I been dreaming about my entire life and working and hoping towards?

While it is possible that I’m being melodramatic and, perhaps, I wasn’t enthusiastic due to other circumstances – the teacher, the assignments, the school, exhaustion – I know that I’m never going to enroll in school again for this endeavor. It’s too expensive and I can’t see how it will pay off. That’s a sad and scary thought for me. Though, at the end of it all, if it’s just that I’m an eager reader and casual writer, as long as I can indulge and continue to find happiness in these activities, I will get to a place of contentment with that fact.

Have any of my readers had a similar experience? Any MA or MFA students out there? Please feel free to share your experiences and thoughts in the comments section. In the meantime, I’ll be over here, trying to get my act together with this blog.

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Bluebird by Charles Bukowski

It’s a Bluebird kind of year.

This poem isn’t read by Charles Bukowski, but I think that this gentleman does an alright job with it. I believe that there are quite a few videos out there on YouTube with him reading poems. Anyway – I do hope to get into a better rhythm with updating this blog. I promise. I say this every six months, but I mean it. I swear!

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The Poetry of Joyce Carol Oates

Like the rest of Oates’ work, her poetry is phenomenal.

Celestial Timepiece

Oates’s poetry … forms a body of work on its own merits and does not need to be interpreted only as an adjunct to her novels and short stories, as critics have said.

A future assessment of the place of poetry in the Oates canon may well increase its importance; such a reevaluation has happened with other major writers whose poetry was overlooked as the early readership more quickly perceived the message in prose. Poetry’s compressed language releases its power more gradually, but intelligence and verbal brilliance combined with the ‘talk style’ rhythm that is not yet much understood should bring a wider audience to these poems.

—Doris Earnshaw, Critical Survey of Poetry, 4th ed.

Poetry Collections

  • Tenderness / 1996
  • The Time Traveler / 1989
  • Invisible Woman: New & Selected Poems 1970-1982 / 1982
  • Women Whose Lives Are Food, Men Whose Lives Are Money / 1978
  • The Fabulous Beasts: Poems / 1975
  • Angel Fire:…

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Quotable Monday: On Writing by Stephen King

77fceeb85081430f8d7c423dc98632a4Just remember that Dumbo didn’t need the feather; the magic was in him.

Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of The Craft

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Wear Your Passion: Literary Tees

If you want to display your literary love and preferences through your attire, I highly recommend browsing Etsy.  There are many individuals and vendors offering unique and awesome options.

I picked up this gem from the boredwalk shop out of LA:


Girl power to the max, folks!  Do you have any special literature-themed clothing? 

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In Memory of Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney passed away last week at the age of 74. His funeral ceremony took place today in Ireland where many mourned the loss of a great poet and man. In memory of his talent and light, I share with you this video of Heaney reading his poem, The Underground.

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September 2, 2013 · 8:13 pm