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“…her relationship with him was like being content in a house but always sitting by the window and looking out.”

One of the many remarkable attributes of Chimanda Ngozi Adichie‘s dazzling novel Americanah is her ability to capture a complex condition, situation, or decision in just a few precise words. She describes the central character’s loneliness this way “… she … Continue reading

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“It was as if wind was blowing through the exact center of my life . . .”

Faith Shearin is a master of metaphors. Here are some of my favorites from the poems in Moving the Piano: “We let the deer come to us like secrets, their legs made of silence.” (93) “…the water, which has grown … Continue reading

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“O, my luve’s like a red, red rose, that’s newly sprung in June; my luve’s like the melodie, that’s sweetly play’d in tune.”

It’s hard to over-state how highly Robert Burns is revered by people from Scotland. In 2009, this 18th century poet was voted “the greatest Scot” by viewers of a Scottish television station. Every year on January 25th, Scots from around the world meet to recite the … Continue reading

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