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June 22, 2018

Thoughts of the Week

I've been thinking about home. What it means to be home, what home is, and what it's like to move into a new home. Home means different things to different people. Often times, it's a place. But sometimes, it's a person or feeling, or an event. 

By the time you see this newsletter, I'll have moved into a new apartment and house after spending two years in another. Before those two years, I was in another apartment, another place, for another year. Before that, a different state and town for college. 

It's strange how we change where we live and settle like hermit crabs and their shells. I wrote about that strangeness in this piece back in January. 

"The houses I spent fractions of my childhood in will be made new. Strangers will move in and never know who lived there before. We move on and live in new places and new spaces, not knowing about all the love that was there before we stepped inside. We might reflect on the randomness and chaos of this world when we’re alone in these houses, as strangers to others, in the middle of the night."

The Five Senses
I found beautiful mugs and plates in a small shop in Hudson, MA by Hope + Mary.They are nature and animal inspired. My favorite is the quail cup
Vox describes the voices of the children, between 4 and 10 years old, separated from their parents at the border, begging to see or make a phone call to their relatives.
It feels so strange
Shameless to think of death
When none of those one knows has died


Agnes Obel's Late Night Tales album. It's a "beautifully programmed and bewitching selection of music." Here is her piece Poem About Death. Her music is glorious, strange, mysterious, and haunting, and she has always been a favorite of mine. 
What Linda Rodin can't live without. She walks through her apartment with her poodle, Winky. Her home is exploding with trinkets, french bedsheets for curtains, and hamburger candies in her fridge. I love Rodin's style. She's someone who makes me look forward to growing older. 
I've been reading a webcomic called Lore Olympus which is a modern take on the Greek myths, but mostly based around the myth of Persephone and Hades. I love the art style and the humor. 
Drinking with chickens: a blog with drink recipes and sometimes, chickens included. Kate's Instagram is also a trip. 

What I'm Reading

Articles:

Why Bisexuality Is So Hard to Write About: Ben Freeland talks about the strange in-between of being bisexual and feeling as though he's always in the closet, but has no chance to really come out of it. "Like Schrödinger’s cat, we bisexuals exist in something of a superpositional state, appearing either straight or gay whenever “observed” — i.e. observed doing something gay or something straight. And yet, when nobody is looking, we happily go our own way, occupying both identities at once."

Mr. Rogers had A Simple Set of Rules for Talking to Children: I'm really looking forward to seeing the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor?. Fred Rogers had incredible rhetoric with both children and adults (at one point convincing the U.S. senate to fund public television, which was a brand new concept in 1969).

‘I Never Thought I Would Talk About It.’ So Florence Welch Put It in a Song: Florence Welch discusses her upcoming album High as Hope, set to be released June 29th. It will be her first album she's written sober and in this article she discusses the differences in creative energy she's felt and how she's been able to better express herself. 

What I'm Writing

In between packing and being sick, I had to catch up on poetry. There's been a poem I've thought about expanding into a story or longer piece. I've put this poem down below for the poem of the week. 

I'm planning to start submitting pieces once I settle down in my new apartment. It's been important to me to try and create a community I can turn to with my writing, and Twitter has actually been pretty useful for that. I've created two lists on Twitter: one for writers I admire and another for journals I would like to submit to. 
Poem of the Week
Alexandra Kesick is the author of I Knew You Once and the forthcoming Deep Gentle Blue, published by Ghost City Press.
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