Monday, January 20, 2014

poem - Literary Pleasure




She is not moved
Affected
Of the world buzzing around her-
She has her thoughts keeping her
Busy.
She never turned from understanding
Only wanted more
Like an addiction
Savoring each drop
Teasing herself as if it were the last
So much a student.
She is not moved
By petty, material, bane
She has no concept
Of the world around her
Only the world within.


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Book Review - Ship Fever by Andrea Barrett

It is 7:13pm and I have literally just finished reading the book Ship Fever by Andrea Barrett. This collection of short stories, tied by the themes of Life, Death and Nature, are filled with intelligent creativity that gives the reader a chance to truly delve into literary desire. Although this is the first book I have read by Barrett, I know that I will be reading more of her work very soon. Her writing grabs you from the first page and does not let you go; quite honestly, you will not want to let go. Her writing is similar to Barbara Kingsolver and Alice Hoffman yet stands in its own category of a mixture of magical realism, fierce intelligence and literary enticement that tingles with every page.



The Behavior of the Hawkweeds tells the story of a woman and her husband who is a professor of Genetics who, through their fascination with Gregor Mendel, realize that the circle of Life is very delicate and can be unforgiving.

The English Pupil tells of a sled ride one night in which Carl Linnaeus, fevered with delirium, remembers his life and the beautiful knowledge he gained that is now trickling away like sand.

The Littoral Zone tells the story of the coming together of a professor of botany and a professor of invertebrate zoology and the romance that ensues although they are married to other people.

Rare Bird tells the story of a woman who defies all convention in 1762 when she embraces the world of knowledge and sets out to test a myth regarding swallows against the mind of Linnaeus.

Soroche tells the story of a woman who, through the death of her husband, tries to learn what it means to truly live, only to lose it all again.

Birds With No Feet tells the story of a young man who set himself into the world as an explorer and scientist and learns a harsh lesson about the set ways of the Natural world.

The Marburg Sisters is my favourite story in the collection - imagine two sisters, closer than skin, who see the world through a different lens. Add a contact with a ghost, slow decaying death of the human body and freedom of the mind, body and soul and you have a story that I will truly cherish for the rest of my life.

Finally, the last story entitled Ship Fever tells of a young doctor who sets out to discover himself and his role in the world by taking on typhus on a small island that has the ability to both cure and kill whomever comes into contact.

Reading Ship Fever will reawaken your senses and make you ask many questions about not only yourself and your role within the world but of the world itself. 

Happy Reading!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Footprints



  


Footprints on a beach
Disappear under a wave
To be claimed by the sea.
They shimmer under the blue and green
Moving ever so softly
Under all forms of eyes
That swim around in no hurry.
These prints become yet another layer
Of Poseidon’s floor
Where they will sit for years
Only to be re-washed back to the surface
And become sand
To be imprinted once more.





(copyright 2014 Kimberly B. Richardson)

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Book Review - The Garrick Year by Margaret Drabble

The Garrick Year, written by British author Margaret Drabble, tells the story of Emma Evans, a woman who apparently has given up her life so as to give more room for her actor husband, David, and their two children as they move from London to the small town of Hereford. David has accepted to perform in several plays in  Hereford and so the family must move there during the season. During this time, Emma makes friends with some of the actors and actresses, increasingly grows frustrated at the life she has pieced together for herself and takes part in an extramarital affair. She complains and argues with her seemingly clueless husband and yet nothing really gets accomplished or handled by her; it appears as though the complaints and arguments seem to satisfy her enough.



As much as I liked reading The Garrick Year, I was very put off by Emma and her lack of actually making a chance in her life. It seemed as though she wanted to complain and nothing else. And, while she did have an affair, it seemed as though she merely went through the motions and said what needed to be said for the sake of expelling oxygen from her mouth. In short, I disliked Emma immensely and yet I wanted to know more about her. I wanted to know the real reason why she married David; was it out of fear, self doubt, boredom, anything? I wish I could ask her. I also wanted to know if her life ever changed after moving back to London once the season was over in Hereford? She reminded me of a woman that you keep seeing at a coffeehouse or in the metro and although she dresses quite plainly, your eyes keep meeting each other out of sheer curiosity. Who is she and why do I want to know more? Why do I keep staring at her and why does she return it in kind? Suddenly, she asks you a simple and random question and by the time the coffees have been consumed or the destination has been reached by the metro, you feel as though you have known her your whole life and wonder if that was a good or bad thing.

The characters in The Garrick Year reminded me of a typical Iris Murdoch novel - all of the characters are real, they express themselves both eloquently and rather choppy and their mindset is quite questionable yet you can't help but want to know more about them. They live their ordinary lives and we the readers get to sample their "life" like a slice of cake. 

If you are looking to read a slice of British life that will make you cringe, laugh and wonder, read The Garrick Year.


Monday, January 6, 2014

Bonjour 2014!

Now that I can safely see 2013 in my rear view mirror, I am happy that 2014 is here! This is a new year filled with new challenges, explorations and discoveries as well as lessons learned, moments of enlightenment and a chance to let go of what holds you back from living your life.

So, welcome 2014! Let's see what you got!


 


She won’t be here tomorrow-
the bus she always puts off tomorrow,
tomorrow, and tomorrow -
finally, finally here.
Too many loose ends to cut off
or stash away until we have more time
to discuss them all.
I wish I could love her
like she deserves.
Regrets, too many.
Wishes, unspoken.
Kisses, dry and unfeeling.
So now, I help her to the bus
and that is that.

22 August 2006