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Put out my eyes, and I can see you still;
slam my ears to, and I can hear you yet;
and without any feet can go to you;
and tongueless, I can conjure you at will.
Break off my arms, I shall take hold of you
and grasp you with my heart as with a hand;
arrest my heart, my brain will beat as true;
and if you set this brain of mine afire,
upon my blood I then will carry you.

MayJasper Blimey, a bit OTT 10m
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Even he who loves you and discerns your face
in darkness, when he trembles like a light
you breathe upon,—he cannot own you quite.
And if at night one holds you closely pressed,
locked in his prayer so you cannot stray,
you are the guest who comes,
but not to stay.

God, who can hold you? To yourself alone
belonging, by no owner‘s hand disturbed,
you are like unripened wine that unperturbed
grows ever sweeter and is all its own.

Weeds and Wild Flowers | Alice Oswald
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Why, yes, I AM still fan-girling over Alice Oswald; thank you for asking. 😍

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1. According to GR, A Charlotte Mason Education by Catherine Levison (104 pp), but I don't completely trust GR page counts.
2. The Lord of the Rings (1,216 pp as one volume). See note on GR page counts above.
3. Meditations of the Heart by Howard Thurman (printed 1953). Epic of Gilgamesh is older (c2100 BCE) but I don't have an original printing (inscription?) of that one.
4. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo (Oct 2019)

@ljuliel #bookquestion

Scochrane26 I don‘t trust GR page counts either because it depends on the edition. I think what I listed was accurate though as far as shortest & longest. 7h
ljuliel I‘ve not read LOTR ,but I‘ve seen those combo- books where all the stories are in one book. It‘s huge ! 7h
ImperfectCJ @Scochrane26 I might just not be adept at sorting on GR. When I look at the Stats section, it lists PK Dick's The Minority Report (which I read in 2009) as 103 pp, but it didn't show up when I sorted my "read" shelf by page number. ? Oh, well. Not a huge deal. 7h
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ImperfectCJ @ljuliel I wasn't sure whether to include the big volume, but as Tolkien apparently wanted it published that way originally, I felt justified. 🙂 (Second-longest is The Stand at 1153 pp.) 7h
ljuliel Yep, The Stand is huge ! Another I have yet to try ! 7h
TalecArashi I would certainly be impressed if you did have an early edition of Gilgamesh! 😂 4h
ImperfectCJ @TalecArashi Who knows...there could be one in one of the many stacks of books I have around the house. 🤔 4h
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the mermaid's voice returns in this one | Amanda Lovelace, ladybookmad
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I‘m on a bit of an Amanda Lovelace kick. This was another great collection! And a cathartic ending to the Women Are Some Kind of Magic series. 🧜‍♀️

#nfnov #poetry

rsteve388 6 pts 3h
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Selected Poems | Jenny Joseph
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TheSpineView 🤩🤩🤩 12h
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Free Verse | Sarah Dooley
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🎶Love is a bird, she needs to fly
Let all the hurt inside of you die
You're frozen
When your heart's not open🎶

Young Sarah has lost her mom, dad, and only sibling. Now in foster care, her heart and soul are frozen with raw emotion. She has to find a way to love and trust again...


Cinfhen Another song I love!!! 🎶Mm, if I could melt your heart🎶 20h
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Excellent! I just devoured this one. So far my favorite of hers, although I loved her witch one as well. ✨

#nfnov #gratefulreads #readinonesitting

OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻📚🖤 13h
rsteve388 6 pts 3h
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#PoetryMatters - Home: I don‘t remember how I found this poem. When you read poetry it comes to you from several different places. Whatever I was doing on the day of this discovery I was in the right place at the right time. It has the weight of an anthem & the urgency of a black & white truth. The poet wrote it while at a deportation center after visiting an abandoned Somali Embassy in Rome that had been turned into a home by some young refugees.

Nute ☝🏽 no one leaves home until home is a sweaty voice in your ear
saying —
run away from me now
i dont know what i‘ve become
but i know that anywhere
is safer than here👇🏽
Nute Partial poem shown in above post. Photo Credit: Online Newspaper - Land Times Application: AdobeSpark 21h
TheSpineView This poem speaks volumes in just a small amount of verse! Excellent! 💜 12h
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This book of stories is really a collection of poems about unfortunate children in Tim Burton's signature creepy style. A super quick read with cute illustrations to go along with the stories.