First line: Late one afternoon in the mid-1990s, a close friend of long standing called to tell me of a sudden domestic crisis.
What is interesting about this book: It's always fascinating to see what poems people (in this case, men) are moved by.
What is not interesting about this book: The majority of poems that men are moved by are by other men.
Thank you Terrance Hayes for choosing Gwendolyn Brooks. Thank you Billy Collins for choosing Victoria Redel. Thank you both John Ashberry and Andrew Solomon for choosing Elizabeth Bishop. Thank you Colin Firth (yes, celebs are in this book as well) for choosing Emily Zinnemann. Thank you Anish Kapoor for choosing Adrienne Rich and Marc Forester for choosing Mary Oliver and Douglas Kennedy for choosing Emily Dickinson.
There may be a few others I missed, but not many (or should I say men-ee).
While some of the men offered lovely insights, some of the poems and thoughts fell flat. I think this is a great idea for a book, but just not executed precisely or as well as I would have liked.
This book is grounded in landscape, in earth, sea, and sky. Mother Nature is twofold--what is outside & a mother and son. A chapbook that seems to move effortlessly between both relationships--human and nature. Though as poets, we know nothing is ever effortless, it's craft. We exist in the beauty of the images throughout this chapbook.
The poems in this collection tell a beautiful & heartbreaking story from childhood to adulthood dealing with life, loss, struggle and coming to terms with our own lives. The narrator is easy to connect with, the narrator who "lives among invisible winds." These poems share stories and many of the images stayed with me long after the book was set down.
Emily Dickinson's Coconut Cake, Retouched for the 21st Century
(This recipe was adapted and modified from the original — Letter #665 in The Letters of Emily Dickinson, edited by Thomas Johnson, and is indebted to several measurement suggestions in Emily Dickinson: Profile of the Poet as Cook.)
2 cups Coconut Secret® coconut sap sugar 1 cup Earth Balance® butter substitute 2 cups brown rice flour (Arrowhead Mills® gluten-free "Improved Texture" mix works well) 6 eggs (separate yolks and whites)
1 ½ to 2 cups shredded, unsweetened coconut (can also use flaked coconut, coarsely chopped) 1 cup coconut milk
Rather than make a simple icing, standard fare in the 19th-century, based partly on the ingredients I had lying around, I decided to go with this topping instead. It worked very well.
1-2 cups flaked coconut, unsweetened ½ cup orange blossom honey Zest of four limes Juice of two limes
Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, blend butter-substitute and coconut sugar. Add brown rice flour and beaten egg yolks. Beat egg whites until slightly frothy and add to batter. Gradually add shredded coconut and coconut milk, blending all ingredients thoroughly. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with coconut oil. Pour batter into the greased dish (the baking dish should be half full). Bake for 25 minutes in a convection oven (probably 30-35 minutes in a regular oven). Mix the coconut-lime topping. Remove from heat, let cool for a few minutes, spread the topping evenly over the cake.
If you love Steampunk (or just art, or art from mostly found objects), this is a book that can inspire.
It's broken down by artist and the images are sharp and on glossy paper.
I just love to browse through it and let my mind wander. But if you want to learn more about the artist's vision and/or thoughts, that is included as well. There's also a 4 page essay called "Steampunk 101" written by G.D. Falksen where he answers so many of the questions asked about steampunk.
If you ever wanted to know more about steampunk or be inspired by its art and artists, this is the book for you. Absolutely beautiful stuff.