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tamaria

tamaria

Joined October 2016

poetry MFA student. always tired.
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The Tradition by Jericho Brown
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Deaf Republic: Poems by Ilya Kaminsky
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Bee Journal by Sean Borodale
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Comemadre by Roque Larraquy
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Goodbye, Flicker: Poems by Carmen Giménez Smith
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“Quantum mechanics says that space is granular, made of pieces, and not only that but there is no infinity—nothing infinitely small, nothing infinitely vast.... And if space is finite, thought is finite, time is finite, then who are we in one place and who are we in another. Who are we before we leave and who are we after.”

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Even better the second time. #poetry

“how long / does it take / a story / to become / a legend? / how long before / a legend / becomes / a god or / forgotten? / ask the rain / what it was / like to be the river / then ask the river / who it drowned.”

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“Or it is death, the everlasting kind, not like a field, not at all like a field, which lives even as it dies, and dies as it lives. Also unlike the field, there was a time before this was here. It moved in, but we don‘t remember when, like a stepmother who came so long ago she‘s erased all memory of our mother.”

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Not Here | Hieu Nguyen
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🔥

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Ordinary Beast | Nicole Sealey
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“Scientists say the average human
life gets three months longer every year.
By this math, death will be optional. Like a tie
or dessert or suffering....”

One of the best books of #poetry I‘ve read in a while. I also now own two of these somehow but I wouldn‘t say I‘m complaining 🤷🏽‍♂️

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Delicious pub day #bookmail!

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Do Not Rise | Beth Bachmann
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Such a weird and wonderful read. 👁 #poetry

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“You should never have
agreed to be a god

for me if you were afraid
to assume
the duties of a god...”

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Little Boat | Jean Valentine
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There‘s nothing like a book of short #poems on a rainy morning.

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Blud | Rachel McKibbens
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“Listen: anything holy
is not reversible.

There isn‘t a man alive
who could undo me.”

That someone plagiarized Rachel McKibbens (and thought they could get away with it) blows my mind. They couldn‘t have understood the work or the woman behind it. 🤦🏽‍♂️ #poetry

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Barbie Chang | Victoria Chang
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“does she exist if she walks past men
and they do not look

at her is she still alive is a signified
without a signifier

really impossible can that which is
signified ever become

a signifier”

This collection was even better on the second read. My mind is constantly blown by Victoria Chang‘s ability to shape and re-shape language so many times in one breath. #poetry #😩 #🙌🏽

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How He Loved Them | Kevin Prufer
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“The thing about a watch in a box is that,
like you, it tells the same story over and over again
to no one.”

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Space, in Chains | Laura Kasischke
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“God punched a hole in the drywall on Earth and pulled out of that darkness another god. She—

just kept her thoughts to herself. She just—

followed him around the house, and every time he turned a light on, she turned it off.”

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“I tell him my gods had to stay behind
To watch my people / He likes it when I talk like that”

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Ceremonial | Carly Joy Miller
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“The bees curl, offer
their deaths to evening.
Slowness a blessing
on the body‘s horizon.”

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Another City: Poems | David Keplinger
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“and like a man
in an elevator falling

he would stand frozen” #yes #poetry

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Winesburg, Ohio: Authoritative Text, Backgrounds and Contexts, Criticism | Sherwood Anderson, Charles E. Modlin, Ray Lewis White
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“I wanted to run away from everything but I wanted to run towards something too.”

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Either Way, You're Done | Stephanie McCarley Dugger
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“In my daydreams,

I do not beg for mercy.”

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Madwoman | Shara McCallum
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“she was a child
and did not conceive of beauty
as something that could end or

in memory become unbearable”

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The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin
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“When the reasoning mind is forced to confront the impossible again and again, it has no choice but to adapt.”

This book almost immediately became one of my favorites. So lush and full, fantastical and human, I‘ve been craving this story ever since I put it down! So sad I won‘t have time to read the rest of the trilogy for a while! The last year of my MFA just started and has already engulfed me. #rip

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This book helped me get out of a major reading/writing slump this summer—I picked it up on a whim because of its cover and found that I just needed to go back to my reading roots: beautiful prose, solid story, complex relationships... and magic 🤓 I think I‘m ready for my last year of grad school now. #phew

laurenlovesliterature It is a cool cover 11mo
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Virgin: Poems | Analicia Sotelo
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“He was the rain: he would come and go,
he was there for everyone.”

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Bestiary: Poems | Donika Kelly
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Avoiding all this work I‘ve got like...

#booksandbeer

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Simulacra | Airea D. Matthews
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“Can you run your nimble finger down a myth‘s spinethread at 3 am?
How do you know?”

Love the deceptively simple questions this book asks itself and its reader... #nationalpoetrymonth

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A super easy-to-read primer for #afrofuturism, which, as a concept, has really shifted how I think about time, space, and self. 🚀

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Romey's Order | Atsuro Riley
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This book made me re-think how you can take control of language and make it all your own. So cool:

“The sand-bar has shown up (and shone) and I‘m home-headed; that‘s my crab-net, and my lunch-bag, and my yellow fly-blown bucket, dragging there behind me like a ruined foot.”

Also yes, I‘m an adult who (eats mini-pizza and) reads #poetry...

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Killer. I can‘t even.

#nationalpoetrymonth

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Glass, Irony, and God | Anne Carson
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It‘s always fun to buy used books and see what other people took notes on #nationalpoetrymonth 😂

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Blacks | Gwendolyn Brooks
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“The fun was disturbed, then all but nullified
When the Dark Villain was a blackish child
Of fourteen, with eyes still too young to be dirty,
And a mouth too young to have lost every reminder
Of its infant softness.”

Gwendolyn 🙏🏽 #poetry #nationalpoetrymonth

WomanistBibliophile I have this book ordered and cannot wait for it to arrive 🖤 1y
tamaria @WomanistBibliophile she‘s so incredible 🙏🏽 1y
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Talking to My Body | Anna Świrszczyńska
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Ah! Everyone should read Anna Swir! #poetry ⚡️⚡️

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“the air thick now with their separate listening,

and again the girl‘s voice, now quietly weeping, and the creak of her bed...
In the game, someone has to touch you to free you

then you‘re human again.” #gutted

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Emergency Brake | Ruth Madievsky
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“what is it anyway about hearing someone you love
speak your name
that‘s like being rocked back and forth,
is here anything more sacred
than that person‘s mouth”

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What a way to start a collection!

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The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry | Ilya Kaminsky, Susan Harris, Words Without Borders
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I love how the large and the tiny live together in this #poem. By Leonardo Sinisgalli 💔

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“like the ocean, having been the ocean
long before we arrived, each wave
newborn and buried at once; like us,
standing breathless at the edge,
astonished by our own lungs.” #poetry

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tamaria @8leagueboot one of my favorites in the book! 1y
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The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry | Ilya Kaminsky, Susan Harris, Words Without Borders
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The simplicity of that top stanza, and then those last lines..!

From “This is Bad” by Gottfried Benn #poetry in #translation 🙌🏽

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Watchmen | Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons
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Finally read Watchmen! Jon‘s relationship with time is one of my favorite things about the story.

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“‘...and when you get caught up in that endless effort not to disappoint people, the first lie leads to another, and then it‘s your whole life.‘”

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“Maybe, he thinks, it is like the Noh: whenever
the script says ‘dances,‘ whatever the actor does next
is a dance. If he stands still, he is dancing.”

#poetry #notevenafilter

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“I always dream something‘s taking shape,
nothing is ever dead.
What seems to have died fertilizes.
What seems motionless waits.”

#poetry #yes

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Mean | Myriam Gurba
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Giovanni's Room | James Baldwin
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My currently chaotic desk seemed an appropriate place for Giovanni‘s Room. What an incredible, beautiful, sad, destructive, and lonely book...

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Barbie Chang | Victoria Chang
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“one day I will bang and bang on the soil from
below but you and your briefcase will not hear
me one day you will look down at the manhole
pass through my breath rising up as steam”

#sogood #killme #waitimalreadydead #poetry

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Aura | Carlos Fuentes
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What a perfect book to read in a bilingual edition.

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Good Bones | Maggie Smith
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“Let me love the world like a mother.
Let me be tender when it lets me down.”

From “Rain, New Year‘s Eve” #poetry

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"but the myth of love for another remained

bright and plausible..."

From "Blur" #poetry

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Black Movie | Danez Smith
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#grateful for these mornings of #poetry in bed, the hands that hold the book

"clip 1: the boy getting older in spite of everything

clip 2: the boy & the boy-friends smoking blunts
for once something else brown & on fire"

From "Lion King in the Hood"

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"but give me
in Spanish
something, finally, to drink..."

From "The Hungry Man's Rack" #poetry

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"The old did not die
but simply vanished
like discs of snow on our tongues."

From "Straightpins" #poetry

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Pieces of Shadow | Jaime Sabines, Jamie Sabines
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"Someone spoke to me all the days of my life,
into my ear, slowly, taking their time.
Said to me: live, live, live!
It was death."

Simple brilliance! From "On Myth" #poetry