I thought my words were spare and evocative and true
Little ominous blasts bursting from staccato notes.
I was really excited to see that one of my former creative writing students, the lovely Daniel Dowe, had a poem published recently by Bolts of Silk (whose praises I have sung here before)! Such a great poem, love the ending…
…and ONS’s good friend Kevin Cadwallender has a cool poem at Bolts of Silk, too!
On the whole poetry/fiction thing: if Olds is fibbing, and this is all a big scam, then she is capable of almost pathological imaginative empathy, and worth spending a lot of time over. Whether this is of the I-feel-your-pain species or the look-at-how-sad-I-might-be-maybe is trivial.
I always love Dave’s reviews, and he reviewed Sharon Olds’ recently-Eliot-Prize-winning collection, which I seriously wanted to read, and now seriously want to read even more. Great review.
My hand reached down her floss and then felt a soft touch of her labia majora while creeping through her pubic symphysis.
You think the Bad Sex Award nominees are bad? Check out this guy!
Ms Magazine have compiled a great list of 2012’s Best Poetry Books By Women. I’m basically making it an instant to-read list.
HELLO I WOULD LIKE TO LIVE IN ALL THESE HOUSES.
I hadn’t seen all of the latest lot of mystery Edinburgh book sculptures til now. The Treasure Island one is amazing!
Do you — like me — hate it when people misuse the word “literally”? If so, here are some hilarious examples from sports commentators. SO FUNNY/TERRIBLE. (Thanks, Billie!)
So, two things have been boiling my blood recently. The first is the whole Christian Ward plagiarism thing. I now can’t quite believe I gave Christian a platform here at ONS, and have since removed an interview he gave here, which was being quoted by a lot of news outlets covering the story. But there has been some interesting commentary on the issue. Paisley Rekdal’s open letter was furious, moving and wonderful, and I liked The Snarkist’s initially-flippant-but-actually-quite-incisive take.
The other thing that’s been boiling my blood? Suzanne Moore claiming that sane people rightly telling her she’s a transphobe = bullying mob, OMG!, and then just the entire the hot lemon-sucking mess that is Julie Burchill. I’m sure you’ve heard all about it and I sure as hell won’t link to La Burchill’s disgusting display of hate speech (still online in spite of the Observer’s retraction, btw). However, there’ve been some smashing responses. The best, for me, came from the freaking wonderful Laurie Penny, and the awe-inspiring Paris Lees. These are women who deserve your clicks, folks. Not a woman, but no less deserving, is Harry Giles, who also wrote a stellar response.
This slide-show of tattooed women through the ages is bloody excellent.
Did you guys see the Shetland ponies wearing cardigans? YOU MUST CLICK THIS.
Christopher Lee: better than you since 1922.
They’re a bit soap-box-y, and more than a little steely, but I kind of like these Rules To Live By.
Need cheering up? Tons of dog gifs. You’re welcome.
Also from Buzzfeed, the Funniest Autocorrects of 2012 made me howl with laughter.
Some brave folks respond to the Moore/Burchill BS.
Jane McGonigal is a freaking LEGEND.
The utterly wonderful Amanda Oaks made this spectacular video about hooping and healing. I love it.
I am also so loving this song lately.
Have a great weekend!
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