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Rusty’s Reading List 2015 | July 27, 2015

SarahClancy

Sarah Clancy is one of the poets I have seen at VERSeFest, and was sufficiently impressed enough to buy her book. From the start, there was a lot I quite liked (though she uses that ‘wall of text’ style some times, which I am not a fan of). I would specifically point out ‘Hippy Get A Job’, which is a really great view into life as someone who works for everything they have.

Part way through the book, though, I hit something which, well, didn’t ruin the book for me per se, it DID make it a little harder for me to enjoy. I don’t want to dwell on it, because the book was good over all.

It did make want to write a little poem.

Freedom

If FREEDOM is a priority
And valued above all else
Then why is it treated as zero sum
And the cost of freedom
Is always someone else’s?

And with FREEDOM of SPEECH
(Just watch what you say)
There is the
Fire in a crowded theatre
Exception
Meaning that freedom ends
When those words Are a direct
Cause of harm

2015 in Books

Thanks For Nothing, Hippies – Sarah Clancy
Ocean – Sue Goyette
Come Cold River – Karen Connelly
Touch the Donkey Vol. 1
Memory – Ottawa Capital Slam Poetry Team – 2014
Empire of the Sun – J.G. Ballard
Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
Some Remarks – Neal Stephenson
A Brief Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien – Nigel Cawthorne
Distrust The Particular Flavor – William Gibson
Shouting Your Name Down The Well – David McFadden
Thousand Times Broken, Three Books – Henri Michaux
Stained Pages – Sean O’Gorman

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