Sunday, November 9, 2014

Forever may actually be a thing??

This poem goes by the name of " A Mouthful of Forevers, " by the one and only Clementine von Radics. Her writing knows just how to hit the spot and makes it hurt just enough.

Clementine seems to have a sense of realism in her idea of love. Which is something everyone should aspire to have. Maybe, "I am not the first person you loved," says just enough to make any reader want to continue down this path. 

"I think that has to be part of the miracle." Once love wasn't being hunted, it appeared. Love makes everyone think of forever, even if it isn't that long. Love is pain. Love is a mess. Love is everything. But it's never easy.

Yet, she lets the reader know that it is possible to heal. That even though love is messy and painful, it can still be beautiful and everything you've imagined. Affection, honesty, understanding. That's what this means to me. It's like that moment when you finally get to take that deep breathe or when you fall asleep easily. Finally finding that loved one. 

This poem was written with one goal. One sole purpose. I'm not Clementine von Radics, but I firmly believe that she wrote this to let us all know that to love, to be in love, is about accepting the good and bad days. To actually want to make it work. She shows how it's not just about those cute days, but about the days when you need someone and your loved one is there. It's about getting angry at someone and still loving them. It's not even about loving them, it's about actually liking them. 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

you you you

Ian Thomas is the author behind this poem. Ian Thomas is a great example of poetry and how it can mean something to many different people in many different ways. His work shows how a poem doesn't need to rhyme to be a poem. A poem is meaning. Words strung together that evoke so much.

Thomas just says so much in so little. Most of his poems are to a significant other, which most believe is the same person over and over again. The poem comes from the book, "I wrote this for you."

This poem is one of my favorites. Thomas talks about kissing and kissing can be utterly innocent. Something so innocent can occur anywhere at any given time. Think about it. Innocence has the power to end the world.

Kissing that one person you love so much has the power to end the world. It'll either explode with fireworks or explode you in general. A kiss can be fatal, because once it's done, it can't be taken back.

Hello American Feminism

The Awakening by Kate Chopin has quite an interesting title. A title leaning more towards the supernatural, but turns out being nowhere near. This novel was an easy pick. While reading the synopsis, realization hit that reading about women and self empowerment was something worth reading about.

After completing the novel, I decided to look into it more. This novel was based around female sexuality and equality. Which apparently was just spreading around America back in the 1800s/1900s. This can lead any reader to assume the amount of controversy that used to exist regarding this novel. Hello, FEMINISM. It was a big deal back then and it’s a big deal now. "The feminist movement, just beginning to emerge in other parts of America, was almost entirely absent in the conservative state of Louisiana. In fact, under Louisiana law, a woman was still considered the property of her husband. Chopin’s novel was scorned and ostracized for its open discussion of the emotional and sexual needs of women,” this is quite maddening. It’s rather difficult to actually understand how people can be so shocked to a female being sexually aware and independent. Females have choices too, actions and emotions that’ll be acted on. Hello to history repeating itself.

The newer generations seem to be a bit more at ease with The Awakening, yet the whole concept is still an issue. Yet, maybe readers have realized how realistic the views in the novel are. Everyone read this, analyze it and love it. “Themes of patriarchy, marriage and motherhood, woman’s independence, desire, and sexuality both honestly and artistically,” It’s impossible to deny the importance of these themes, it’s impossible to not acknowledge them, especially in this day and time.

The story between Robert and Edna is so intriguing. The way they spent most of the summer together. It mad sense that the more time they spent together the closer they'd end up. As events unfold, it's obvious that this relationship was something much needed for Edna. Robert walking into her life was a moment of self discovery for her. It's as if all the affection and attention directed her way woke her up. It's the type of event that makes one feel alive, unstoppable.

Readers need to realize that although Edna does indeed love Robert, this new found Edna could exist without him. It was about freedom, belonging to herself and answering to no one. While it was a mess of forbidden love, it all changed who Edna was on many different levels. While the novel has a tragic ending, it was worth the read. It was realistic, life doesn't always end in happiness.