Never before has the self been so celebrated with ties to grief, pleasure, agency, and suffering. Dericotte's collection of poems is vital not only to the literary community, but to me, and for my being in the world.
Joy Harjo, winner of the Poet Laureate, maps her journey to recover history and identity in this collection of poetry. A descendent of the indigineous Mvskoke tribes, Harjo immerses us into this retelling of the past which is now undoubtedly intertwined with the present.
From the very first poem, Helal is challenging us to rethink the norms. Her lyrical prose and poetry deals with being in between things, between two places, stuck between two times. I couldn't help feel suspended in these spaces with her.
I read this book at the perfect time. A reissued publication in paperback, this book was originally published in 1986 by Dr. Viktor Frankl who is well known for Man's Search for Meaning. In The Doctor and the Soul, he expands upon his theories surrounding the meaning of life, but focuses in on how to heal via the spiritual being. I could not be more impressed by such an intricate study of the soul.
We all live on this rock floating around in space, and if we were to remember our collective history together, Bjornerud thinks we can put aside our animosities to help the world...I agree.
This book is an important call to action at the individual level. What can we do with our own agency in the age of the Anthropocene?
I technically read this for a class, but this book has been an important part of 2019, and will be cherished all my life because it has helped shape my world view and deepened my understanding about human relationships.
I also technically read this for a class, but it is one of the most moving comic books
I have ever read. This is the true story of Thi Bui recollecting her lineage and ancestry with her parents as they lived in Vietnam during the war, the unrest that followed, and their subsequent departure for the United States.