This week of my 1000 Days of Reading Program was even more exciting than the first, because, as I opened up to the stories, more kept popping up and coming my way.

Short stories, essays, poems are suddenly everywhere, I will reveal in my next posts, just how much everywhere!

I am excited to get reintroduced to my own bookshelves where I found books long forgotten! In the sea of stories online and otherwise, somehow novels always take precedence for me.

I still have a novel (or two!) or a non-fiction book going at all times (see my Sidebar for Goodreads Currently Reading List), but this program, in addition, is beginning to reveal some hidden gems.

Here is what I read last week.

Week 2: 08 Mar – 14 Mar 2021

Stories

  • The Visitor by Lydia Davis, a flash fiction story about an impending birth of a child. I first encountered Lydia Davis stories years ago when I purchased my first Kindle and ran into a special on one of her short story collections. Downloaded it and savored many of the stories. I particularly enjoyed her creative flash fictition. Like this story, published in The Masters Review.
  • Parade of Cats by Katherine Easer from Glimmer Train, Issue 101, Winter 101: found this old copy of Glimmer Train sitting on my shelf and finally using it. Loved this story about a woman recovering from a breakup. The story haunted me for several days after I read it, which in itself is a sign of a great story! This got me, of course, to google the writer and see what else is out there for me to read, but I didn’t find anything at all.
  • A Day’s Wait by Ernest Hemingway from The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories. Read it on Kindle. I love Hemingway’s stories, always to the point, easy to read and vivid.
  • Degree of Difficulty by Sue Allison published in (mac)ro(mic), a home for a (mac)ro story in a (mic)ro word count.
  • Heart’s Blood by Jasmine Sawers, published in the Barren Magazine. This story only takes three minutes to read, but it will take you on a vivid journey of sibling rivalry and the heartbreak of miscarriage.
  • Queenie and the Boot Shaped Library by Safyre Joseph-Etheridge: this short story was the first story published by my friend’s daughter and I read it with so much joy, not only because I know this amazing twelve-year-old, but also because it is a wonderful story. It was great to discover an online corner of the writing world that publishes young writers ages 6-18.
  • Buried Talents by Richard Matheson: below is my Instagram post about rediscovering this book again. I read the main story/novella, but never went back to read the rest of the short stories in this edition.
Short Stories, instagram screenshot

Essays

  • 10 Ways to Tackle Linguistic Bias in Our Classrooms by Catherine Savini: While this essay mainly deals with Black Vernacular English (BVE), I think this goes on in the academic circles in any language. Worth a read, especially if you are a teacher and you have bilingual children in your class
    My son is bilingual (Bosnian (me), English (his father)) and he has experienced discrimination as a young boy simply because some of his teachers were not aware of how bilingual children acquire language. As with everything else, education is key.
    Interestingly, I went to an international school where both kids and teachers were well attuned to linguistical differences and I have never suffered any bias in that regard.
  • Branwell Bronte, the mad, bad and dangerous brother by Claire Harman: After a wonderful discussion at my Write a Novel Course I am currently taking, a fellow student pointed me to this article. Although Wuthering Heights is one of my favorite books, I have never really looked up any of the sisters. So to find out that there was a brother, too, was such a revelation. He was apparently equally gifted as a writer and a painter, but self-destructive, angry, and (probably) envious, has painted himself out of the only remaining sibling portrait. Also, while looking into this, I found an interesting article on the missing fragment of a Bronte manuscript written by Branwell Bronte.

“He is remembered for his tragic death from alcoholism, for painting the only group portrait of his sisters, and for being the first Bronte sibling to see their work in print.

The only-known surviving portrait of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte

Here is a bit more about the tragic, but gifted siblings:
Charlotte – the eldest of the siblings to reach adulthood, but the last to die. She wrote Jane Eyre, Shirley, and Villette, and died aged 38.
Branwell – the only Bronte brother. He was a writer and painter and died, aged 31.
Emily – wrote Wuthering Heights but died of tuberculosis aged 30, two months after the same illness killed her brother.
Anne – wrote Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, aged 29.
They had two older sisters, Maria and Elizabeth, who died during childhood.

  • Frozen Air by Linda Briskin, published by Barren Magazine.

Poems

  • Old Flat, Abandoned by Rory Waterman about a visit to a former home and the end of life once lived. This poem is Guardian’s poem of the week and the analysis is right under the poem. I really liked that because I could check against the analysis whether I actually got the gist. (because, you know, sometimes I don’t)
  • Motherworld by Grace Q. Song, published, once again by Barren Magazine: a mother’s world that is her children because nothing else belongs to her.
  • Allegro by Tomas Tranströmer published in Polyarchive. This poem is a translation. Poetry tranlsations fascinate me, I am sure that there can be nothing harder than to faithfully translate poetry and evoke the same feelings in another language.
  • Sleeping Out by Jane Routh: Another poem of the week with the analysis and a detailed breakdown.
  • U magli by Herman Hesse (in Bosnian), another translated poem, this time from German to Bosnian. I speak some German, but I don’t think I am fluent enough to be able to read poetry. I may give it a go in the course of this progam.


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