poetry, Sunday Salon


Right now: // It’s early Sunday morning and everyone else is asleep. The heater’s on and it’s nice and cozy. Plus, I have a steaming cup of coffee right next to me. I try to wake up early on Sundays to reflect on the past week and plan what I need to accomplish in the upcoming days. It helps my week run a bit more smoothly.

Reading: // Palaces for the People: How social infrastructure can help fight inequality, polarization, and the decline of civic life by Eric Klinenberg. I first heard about this book on the podcast, The Librarian is In, and knew it was the book for me. Klienenberg is a sociologist who discusses how public shared spaces like libraries, parks, and places of worship can help strengthen communities and bridge the divide between people. I’m less than twenty pages in and I’m already using post-its.


Up Next: //Both of my picks for this week have been featured on several 2018 “best of” lists.  Brown: poems by Kevin Young and The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline. I don’t read enough poetry and this is the year that I’m trying to change that. It also doesn’t hurt that I’ve been trying to get my library to buy Brown for a while and they finally did. I don’t often read YA books or even dystopian fiction, but Dimaline is an indigenous writer and I want to support her work by helping it get as many check-outs as it can at my library. The more checkouts a book receives, the more likely the author’s other books are bought and along with similar titles.


Listening to:// How Long ‘til Future Black Month? by N.K. Jemisin. I haven’t read any of the author’s books, but I have listened to a few of her short stories before.  So far, so good.

Watching: // Sometime today, I plan on watching Melissa McCarthy in Life of the Party. My daughter loved this movie, so now it’s my turn to watch.

Now I’m off to: // Start my day.

What are you up to today?

14 thoughts on “Currently”

  1. We’re snowed in, and I’ve been trying to get myself to read some of the books I need to re-read for a paper I need to write or even a book I might sometime review, but all I’ve done this weekend is read an old SF series that’s fun.

  2. Isn’t it great to be up in the morning all by yourself? Palaces for the People sounds like a terrific book. I’m not familiar with Life of the Party but I love McCarthy so I’ll look into it. Have a great week!

  3. I’m so happy you are back at work on your blog. I’m an early morning quiet time person, too.

    I love hearing about all of your reads. Please keep sharing as much as you can. Our world needs to hear what you are reading. It feels like it is such a mess right now.

  4. I tend to do my “planning/dreaming” in the evening as I’m a night owl but I love the idea of quiet time in the morning to plan the day. Would love to hear what you think about the Kevin Brown book! Hope you are enjoying your Sunday!

  5. Oh I really hope you like the NK Jemisin book! I think she’s such a terrific author, and I would love for you to read her other books. My sister got that one for Christmas and I quickly borrowed it from her and read it before she had to leave town. It was good!

    Palaces for the People sounds marvelous. Adding it to the list!

  6. Today it was unseasonably nice outside, so we walked the dogs and I spent some time reading outside and cleaning my windows (this is what I do whenever it’s warm in winter). It was nice!

  7. How Long Til Black Future Month is sooooooooo awesome on audio! I know you’re loving it. So far this year, I’ve sampled The Paper Menagerie by Ken Lui, Sea Lovers by Valerie Martin, and Mouthful of Birds by Samanta Schweblin. I was inspired because late last year I listened to the Jemisin collection and Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah — both of which were great audiobooks. So far, I’ve enjoyed reading a single story a week.

  8. I like that you wake up early on Sunday to reflect on the previous week and plan for the next. That seems like a great ritual💘. It is Monday, and I spent the morning on an Amtrak train traveling between two states. Right now I am reading other people’s blogs and glancing at my suitcase and thinking about unpacking.

  9. Early mornings, especially on weekends, were always the most peaceful, calming times for me when everyone was still at home… something special about being up all alone, yet know you are surrounded by your sleeping family. Places for People sounds like a good read. Will look forward to your thought.

  10. That really does sound like the perfect Sunday morning ritual. I just finished The Marrow Thieves last night. I had high expectations, and they were surpassed–I really loved this book. So hoping you do too! Have an awesome week!!!

  11. It’s so nice to see you back! I always want to get up early on Sundays to work and reflect, but I my sleep schedule has been shifting later and later lately and now the natural time to get up feels like about 8:30. Not super late, but not early either. Anyway, I’m glad to hear about Palaces for the People — I need to get that one off my shelf and start reading it soon!

  12. How wonderful that your library has The Marrow Thieves. Such an engaging story and, then, to get readers thinking about indigenous sovereignty: great stuff! I hope you enjoy it.

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