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News

Friday News Bites: Loretta Lynch, Calbuco Volcano, SCIENCE! + More

If you need a reason to eat ALL the cheese, then this is the Friday News Bites for you. Let’s get started:

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Books

Read More Poetry: Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith

How do I even begin to tell you how wonderful Life on Mars is? Tracy K. Smith’s poetry fills me with peace and such joy, even when she writes about how inhuman we can be.

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Just for Fun

Poetry Corner: “Leisure” by W.H. Davies

We all have poems that stay with us, don’t we? I remember finding “Leisure” in my Grandmother’s copy of Palgrave’s Golden Treasury. It was the most beautiful little book. A hardback in the kind of green that reminds me of meadows and paddocks. So here, to escape into poetry for a few minutes, is “Leisure” by […]

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Persephone Birthday

P-Mag Birthday Giveaway! FLESH: Poems and Photos by Tyson Habein

Do you like unusual arty books with poetry? Then let me shamelessly promote Flesh: Poems and Photos by Tyson Habein.

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Just for Fun

Poetry Corner: “There’s a certain Slant of light” by Emily Dickinson

This is a poem that I came across thanks to a certain YA novel. It’s a poem that I feel I need to keep coming back to; like there’s something more to find each time. So here is “There’s a certain Slant of light” by Emily Dickinson to wind its way through your mind for a […]

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Uncategorized

Remedies for Loneliness

I’ve been spending a lot of alone time lately, partly by choice and partly involuntarily. I suppose I can blame it on the recent chaos that’s occurred in my life, or maybe to the summertime sadness I’ve developed, a la Lana Del Rey (also, damn you Lana). But as I slowly try to get myself […]

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Music

Record Machine: Dream of Life by Patti Smith

For how much I enjoy and respect Patti Smith, I own far too little of her music. On CD, I have 1996’s Gone Again and 2000’s Gung Ho, and that’s it. I don’t even have Horses yet, which I realize is a major gap, particularly since the time leading into that album is so lovingly […]

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Holiday Gift Guide for Your Favorite Fanatical Feline Fancier

I am so freaking sick of “Crazy Cat Lady.” Can we retire that already and replace it with Fanatical Feline Fancier? And who doesn’t love a little alliteration? 

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Dispatches from Ladyblogland

Dispatches from Ladyblogland

This week is about white feminism (it’s not doing such a good job), women in the kitchen (no one’s talking about them), Scandal (is it a scandal?), poetry (it’s queer), sexy Latinas (people need to stop), and awesome young women fighting the power (they pretty much rock!).

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Persephone Birthday

Birthday Giveaway: “Iraqi Headaches,” A Poetry Collection by Saif Alsaegh

Because Persephoneers are indeed both bookish and clever, offering a literary prize for our birthday is one of the best things we can offer our readers. In addition to our other giveaways throughout today, including fanfic and a novel, this time we’re talking poetry.

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Reader Challenge

Poetry Challenge: “Duende” by Tracy K. Smith

This week, we’re going contemporary and memorizing “Duende” by Tracy K. Smith. It’s much longer than the Dorothy Parker poem from a few weeks ago, but we like a challenge, right?

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We try it!

We Try It: Memorizing Poetry

What? What’s that you say? You say today is poetry day? Calooh, Calay! Let’s memorize some poems, I say!

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Perspectives

Knowledge: A Poem For Father’s Day

Father’s Day is this Sunday, and I am left with the memory of all the cards I sent late, or the phone calls made when I forgot a card entirely. I am left with the knowledge that I never knew which holiday would be the last.

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Ladyguides

Lit Mags I Have Known: A Short Guide

Often I hear it said that the only people who read literary magazines are other writers. There might be some truth to that, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In a time where many newspapers and magazines are still not giving women their equitable due, sometimes it pays to look off the beaten […]

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Writing

How Facebook Made Me a Better Poet

You’ve probably heard of NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, when hundreds of thousands of people attempt to write 50,000 words of their book in one month, November. (Why not start planning now? We have lots of articles to help you!)