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Carissa Green Reads

I read widely from many genres. Perhaps this blog will feature fewer ratings and reviews, but I certainly intend to write about my reading life - it's the subject I most find myself wanting to talk about.

Currently reading

The Selected Poems of Donald Hall
Donald Hall
The Gay Science: with a Prelude in Rhymes and an Appendix of Songs
Walter Kaufmann, Friedrich Nietzsche
A Kierkegaard Anthology
Robert W. Bretall
The Guns of August
Barbara W. Tuchman

Bellocq's Ophelia

Bellocq's Ophelia - Natasha Trethewey

Persona poems are difficult, and when the writing is fraught with political and social implications, it's so easy for that persona to emerge as dogmatic and heavy. These poems, instead, while touched with melancholy and resignation, are delicately poignant and beautiful. Life is both sweet and disappointing. 

 

-cg