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Little Rose of Lyme Regis by James Abbott McNeill Whistler.
July 13, 2018

Thoughts of the Week

This week was my 26th birthday and I've felt very grateful for what I have at my age. This past year I've felt grateful for a lot of things which may have been a new skill I've picked up. It's been easier for me to appreciate the little things I have, even if it's just the ability to type up what I'm writing right now. 

Below are some of my memories from a little over the past year. Little moments I enjoyed from each day. Some moments include my trip to Barcelona, which was my first solo and international trip ever; my typesetting class, homemade poptarts, flowers, late night drives, and pancakes. 

The Five Senses
I have never held a hand so soft and sacred
When I hear your laugh I know heaven’s key
And when I grow to be a poppy in the graveyard
I will send you all my love upon the breeze

My Brightest Diamond is something special. I heard my roommate, Kristen, listening to her and fell in love with her at first listen. 
Peggy Olsen was the "new girl" in Mad Men and this video discusses how she represented the new woman of her generation. It also leaves us the question: who will be the new woman in our generation? Who is the woman struggling to fit in and break the mold, only to make it to the top in the end through sacrifice and be the new model  to aspire to in the next generation to come? 
I discovered Cactus Club Paper at the local Albertine Press in Somerville, MA. My favorite print has been their watercolor chickens, which my friend kindly bought for me for my recent birthday. 
when I walk I try to keep 
my mind warm with a swarm of every reverie 

Alexia Avina's Song 36, which is accompanied by her ukelele that she plays very similarly to a harp. 
"Fortunately I am not the first person to tell you that you will never die. You simply lose your body. You will be the same except you won't have to worry about rent or mortgages or fashionable clothes. You will be released from sexual obsessions. You will not have drug addictions. You will not need alcohol. You will not have to worry about cellulite or cigarettes or cancer or AIDS or venereal disease. You will be free."

What I'm Reading

Useless Magic by Florence Welch: Florence Welch, lead singer of Florence and the Machine, published a book of her song lyrics and poetry. It's a gorgeous illustrated book filled with her handwriting scribbled on scraps of paper from her journeys between south London and Los Angeles. Her words are hard hitting and it's easy to imagine her writing these in a dark hotel room at the end of a bender.


Pro Tips: Drag Queens on Packing for Multiple Cities - and the Items They Always Carry On: What drag queens bring with them on their carry-on luggage and trips to other cities and situations they've encountered with TSA. 

Anthony Bourdain and the Power of Telling the Truth: Still missing Anthony Bourdain. Rosner talks about the equality Bourdain offered for everyone and the truths he gave in his writing and his television appearances. 

6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You A Better Person: I've gone back to this article a lot. Although it's vulgar, it's a pretty good pep talk and list of reminders on how to live life with high expectations about yourself, other people, and more importantly, what the world will expect of you. 

What I'm Writing

I have been quite busy with my poetry class "Poetry in America: From the Civil War Through Modernism. Since it's only a seven week class, it's been jam-packed full of poetry and assignments, which means a lot of annotating.

Here's an example of one of my annotations of Walt Whitman's "By the Bivouac's Fitful Flame": 

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.
Copyright © 2018 Alexandra Kesick, All rights reserved.

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