It’s Sunday evening here on this shore, my side of the Atlantic. It’s been a quiet and restful day in my house. I have a couple of younger relatives visiting and we spent the day baking muffins and drinking tea. I’m also following the returns of the Nigerian elections on Twitter at #NigeriaDecides. So far, the incumbent president, Johnathan Goodluck, is leading in the polls. A run-off is still a possiblity but we won’t know until later, possibly on Monday. However, it turns out, let’s all hope that Nigerians continue to hold the peace. So far so good :).
April is the National (US) Poetry Month and I’ve joined the celebrations with a 21 Days/21 Poems feature here at Kinna Reads. To date, I’ve posted 9 poems on the following themes:
- Childhood – Fifteen, Maybe Sixteen Things to Worry About by Judith Viorst
- Motherhood/fatherhood – The Mother by Gwendolyn Brooks
- Prejudice – Telephone Conversation by Wole Soyinka
- Commonplace object/thing – Ode to My Socks by Pablo Neruda
- Everywhere you go there you are – The City by C.P. Cavafy
- Flowers – Sunflowers by Pamela Mordecai
- War – Some People by Wislawa Szymborska
- A poem you’ve just read and loved – A Curve in the Tell by Nana Fredua-Agyeman
- Aging – Next Day by Randall Jarrell
I’m enjoying re-visiting some old favorites as well as discovering new poets as I go through the poem selection process.
I participated in last week’s read-a-thon. The pace of my reading had slowed somewhat and I really needed to up my enthusiasm. The read-a-thon did just that. I’m reading a lot more now than in previous weeks. I’ve finished the following:
- Mr. Happy and the Hammer of God by Martin Egblewogbe
- Clear Light of Day by Anita Desai
- Queen Pokou by Veronique Tadjo
- Paradiso by Jose Lezama Lima
On the menu, at Kinna Reads, this coming week are:
- More poems
- A review of The Lottery by Shirley Jackson for Short Mondays
- Reviews of three novels as I try to clear my backlog.
That’s it for now. Have a good week, everyone. It will be a short work week for some of us :).