Joy Street

Joy-Street-Front-Cover“Each poem in this radiantly plainspoken collection offers subtle and penetrating observations that swell to a rich tapestry of ordinary life, behind from a stance of grace and buoyancy.”

Joy Street
By Laura Foley

Laura Foley’s recent poetry collection offers a wide variety of poems that address serious issues like death and gender identity, but equally share space with the small moments that make up our days. It is those poems in particular that really spoke to me while reading this collection.

For example, in this excerpt from “Near Miss” she explores the feelings of anxiety and despair that can so easily overwhelm you, feelings that become almost a physical reality.

“I wake up with a knife
between my ribs
near my heart.
Upright, I’m fine,
feed the dogs,
let them out, and in.
Back in bed,
the jab returns at 5 a.m.”

There are poems that are flirty and seductive such as “Springtime in the Grocery Store.” I dare you to read that one and not smile and think about it the next time you are in the fruit aisle at your grocery store.

Most of the collection has short poems which for some of you who may not read poetry often or are wanting to start reading more would be the perfect way to dip into it. I found that I read the collection rather quickly but I’ve gone back several times to focus on the poems I’ve really enjoyed, like “Gelato”, which of course how can you not like a poem with that name right?

A few of my other favorite poems include a lovely poem in memory of the poet Grace Paley titled, “Grace” and “Midpoint” and “Concord” which capture a wonderful picture of relationships, of getting along and simply being together.

I hope I’ve piqued your interest in this collection and that you’ll check it out. You can also read more about Laura Foley by visiting her website and you’ll see she also has a link to some of her online poems.

Thank you to TLC Book Tours for inviting me to participate in this tour. Oh and don’t forget to visit TLC to see the schedule for this book tour so you can read some other reviews of this collection.

Source: TLC Book Tours

Hello Sunshine

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe’ve had some sunny days this weekend and I wanted to take advantage of the sun and milder temperatures to enjoy a walk outdoors so I thought why not take an audiobook with me. But first, I need an audiobook and in my search to see what my library had available (as my audiobook collection is super limited) I discovered OverDrive.

Am I the last person to discover this? I downloaded the app to my iPhone and voila I can easily “check out” an audiobook and it’s ready to listen immediately. Super easy! As you can see I borrowed Deeper Than The Dead by Tami Hoag.

I still have a bit of a hard time staying focused while listening to an audiobook but I’ve found that thrillers and more cozy type mysteries seem to work well for me. So with my audiobook ready I went for a 40 minute walk around my neighborhood. That was so nice.

I know some of you love to listen to audiobooks so do you have a preference for what type of audiobooks you listen to or anything goes?

Alright, and short post tonight because I am meeting with my book group on tomorrow and I still haven’t finished my book.

Library Haul

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI went to the library to pick up a book on hold and I just couldn’t resist looking around for a bit and of course ended up walking away with more books than I should have. Here’s the latest library haul:

Horrostör by Grady Hendrix. A tale of strange happenings set in an Ikea-like furniture store. I have to say that just looking at the book, the artwork and design is a hoot. It is like looking at an Ikea catalog. I couldn’t resist grabbing this book which promises to be a bit scary and funny (oops, forgot to include it in the picture).

The Best American Poetry 2014. I always enjoy these yearly collections so I was happing to find this one. It includes poems from some favorites such as Sharon Olds, Mark Doty and Rita Dove. I look forward to discovering some new poems and poets.

Gemini by Carol Cassella. I’ve enjoyed this authors previous books so I couldn’t pass up this one.

Midnight in Mexico by Alfredo Corchado. Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries for journalists with more than 200 being killed or disappeared since 2000. This is one reporter’s journey to search for justice and hope.

Murder at the Breakers by Alyssa Maxwell. This is a historical mystery set in Newport, Rhode Island in 1895. The main character is a society reporter but little did she expect that she would be reporting a murder.

Small Blessings by Martha Woodroof. An English professor in a sleepy college town, who spends the days browsing the Shakespeare shelves at the campus bookstore. Of course I want to read this.

I wish I could start one of these books this weekend but what I’ll probably be doing is reading/skimming through Raven Black by Ann Cleeves to prepare for my mystery book group meeting next Tuesday. I read it back in 2007 so it’s been a while since I’ve read it and need to refresh my memory of it.

Anyway, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I look forward to catching up with you and my reading! Oh and let me know if you’ve read some of the books from my haul and what you thought.