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May 3, 2019
The Five Senses
Watercolors by Julia Ustinovich
I listened to "Mary" by Big Thief and read NPR's take on it in which the lead singer, Adrianne Lenker, says: "First it sounds and then it means. That song feels like crying and laughing at the same time. That's what it feels like to me." The song is nostalgic, sad, sweet. Give it a listen
The F Word. A series about a Queer couple's journey to become foster parents. Each episode is ten minutes long and it is as touching as it is educational. 
Valerie Von Sobel shows how she wears her makeup at 76. The way she carries herself and shows confidence does most of the work.
The Queen of Shitty Robots Simone Giertz makes a giant pair of scissors and we love her for it. 

What I'm Reading

I read Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, a book in an interview style about a fictional band based on Fleetwood Mac and the high-life bands of the 70's. It's a great story about addiction, love, and loss between the highs and lows of rock 'n' roll. The New York Times talked about Daisy Jones & the Six here

I have also been reading Rilke's poetry for my Art of the Line course. His poetry talks to God, and references his feelings of love and rejection. My favorite poem so far comes from his collection The Book of Hours

You come and go. The doors swing closed
ever more gently, almost without a shudder
Of all who move through the quiet houses,
you are the quietest.

We become so accustomed to you,
we no longer look up
when your shadow falls over the book we are reading
and makes it glow. For all things
sing you: at times
we just hear them more clearly.

Often when I imagine you
your wholeness cascades into many shapes.
You run like a herd of luminous deer
and I am dark. I am a forest.

You are a wheel at which I stand,
whose dark spokes sometimes catch me up,
revolve me nearer to the centre.
Then all the work I put my hand to
widens from turn to turn.


Since I am in on the Game of Thrones craze, I read about how Daenerys's Mean Girl Smile is Way More Than a Twitter Meme. I also read about how to work from home in a healthy way and the ingenious addiction of Stardew Valley (a very lovely video game). 
Alexandra Kesick is the author of I Knew You Once and Deep Gentle Blue, published by Ghost City Press.
Copyright © 2019 Alexandra Kesick, All rights reserved.

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