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Seanachie: A Boston Irish Storyteller and Part-Time Shaman

Books about place, magic, Faeries, Ireland, sex, God, and love

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New Orleans as It Was
Charles "Pie" Dufour, Henry C. Castellanos
New Orleans after the Civil War
Justin A. Nystrom
Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland (complete: First & Second Series)
Isabella Augusta Persse (Lady Gregory)
Bright Dead Things: Poems
Ada Limon
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
Mark Manson
Desire: Poems
Frank Bidart
Selected Poems 1976-2012
Jorie Graham
An Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry
Wes Davis (Editor)
I Am An Executioner: Love Stories
Rajesh Parameswaran
An Artist of the Floating World
Kazuo Ishiguro

Guide to Capturing a Plum Blossom

Guide to Capturing a Plum Blossom - Sung Po-Jen, Red Pine At times, exquisite and delicate imagery layered with some fascinating explanatory material from the translator and beautiful ink drawings. What strikes one is how modern many of the courtly concerns are; our own leaders of finance and politics could draw simple lessons, most of which add up to humility. I read the hundred poems over the course of a year; they are not the type of poems one does or should plow through. At times, I found the translator's notations a bit cryptic. There were certain times he made an "of course" sort of assertion that seemed at least debatable on its surface. Perhaps he was trying his best not to overwhelm the text with commentary, but certain poems scarcely got a word of context.