Sunday Thoughts

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:

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 :).

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6 comments

  1. I came upon you searching for commentary on William Saroyan. Would you believe it, I am an American in Armenia teaching his stories to university students. He has a great deal to say to them that is timely and helpful for their current life. I really enjoyed your insights and used some of them with my students, Please let me know if you will be reading any more of his stories.

    Julie

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    • Will do. I have a book of his on my shelf which I will reread one of these days. Thank you for your kind words. I’m really flattered.

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  2. Nice recap of more than a week’s activities. Was alone today so i completed Mine Boy yesterday, The Purple Violet of Oshaantu today and a poetry chap book. I have enjoyed your poetry.

    How did you find Mr Happy and the Hammer of God? It’s been one of my favourite single-author short story collection. Perhaps similar to Mia Couto’s Voices Made Night in terms of enjoyment.

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    • Well, you are getting some reading done despite the little one. I loved Mr . Happy and The Hammer of God . Review coming soon. I got the book from Nana Darkoa. Will keep the Couto book in mind. Thanks.

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  3. Elections are always nerve wracking, aren’t they?

    It looks like you had a great reading week! I finished one book in the last 2 weeks..

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    • Yes, they are. I did have a good reading week. I’m reading more now than in the first 3 months of the year. Don’t worry, reading will come back to you too.

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