- BLUR BOOK CLUB -
I was so happy I paired these two books for this past month. What a combo! I got through 'Salt' over a relaxing weekend, read mostly outdoors, in essentially three sittings. I was completely drawn in and found myself so present with the words that suddenly I was half way through the book. Nayyirah Waheed is able to evoke so much emotion in one sentence. Exploring topics of identity, race, gender, pain, healing, love and celebration. They really do prove how powerful words are. A lot of them left me breathless or yelling "DAMN!" - and that takes some serious talent. The rest of the month I was then reading 'Piano Rats.' Reading one poem here, and one poem there, it's small stature perfect for my purse so it became a traveling companion. I love a good poem with a good F bomb, so she had me from page one. She has an ability to story tell in a way that then has me reflective on my own love life which made reading this very enjoyable. She is no stranger to love, and writes about every aspect of it, from it's highs to it's lows, to it's might-have-beens. She certainly spoke to the hopeless romantic in me.
I had two very different experiences when I read these books. With 'Salt,' I felt compelled to just take in all at once, and with 'Piano Rats,' I felt compelled to take my time. Either or, they were collections to savor, soak in, and keep close by. What did you think?
My personal favorites: 'Salt,' by Nayyirah Waheed
page 107 - page 125 - page 175 - page 209
My personal favorites: 'Piano Rats,' by Franki Elliot
Miss in Polish - page 19
1/2 - page 25
Not Returned - Page 26
7 hour kiss - page 62