#SurvivalStories2021 Adult Books Lifespan of a Reader Poetry Poetry Friday Reading Themes Stories Of The Dispossessed Young Adult (YA) Literature

[Poetry Friday] “Leave the dishes… Pursue the authentic.”

... says Louise Erdrich.

Myra here.

Thank you to Laura Shovan for hosting this week.

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When The Light Of The World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through

Edited by Joy Harjo with Leanne Howe, Jennifer Elise Foerster, and Contributing Editors (Amazon | Book Depository)

I have been dipping in and out of this collection ever since I bought it last Christmas. Given our #SurvivalStories2021 annual reading theme, this tome of a book is the perfect source for thought-provoking poems.

This poem by Louise Erdrich, in particular, caught my eye. While I own much of her middle grade novels, The Birchbark House series in particular (which I confess to not having read yet – but you can get the first book in the series here from Amazon | Book Depository), and I also own some of her adult novels, I did not know that she was also a poet. So this was a revelation to me.

As I read Advice To MyselfI see traces of myself in the words – probably because I hardly do any housework, nor do I ever do the dishes – but the pursuit of that which is true, real, genuine – that I do. That I spend my entire life doing.

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

2 comments on “[Poetry Friday] “Leave the dishes… Pursue the authentic.”

  1. Completely Full Bookshelf

    Wow—I just read the poem you included, and it is truly beautiful! What an impactful message. Thank you for recommending this collection of poetry!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Pingback: [Poetry Friday] “I Was Sleeping Where The Black Oaks Move” – Gathering Books

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