I am in a hurry today and want to post more on these two topics but it will have to wait another day. First up read Marly Youman's splendid and mythicaly off the charts collection of poems, The Throne of Psyche. It will get under your skin immediately -- like all myth and fairy tale weaving together darkness and violence, coupled with beauty and transcendence. The taproot of nature anchors the poems in the material world but family and the powerful bonds of maternal love invite the visionary power of grace. Here...while you're waiting for copy to arrive, listen to "In Extremis" a poem of a mother willing her desperately ill child to live. It breaks my heart every time.
Secondly, I invite you to read British young adult author Katherine Langrish's wonderful post "On Making Things," which is "About the embroidered bird I made when I was ten, and the dogged persistence you need in order to make anything good." It is also a lovely piece that ties together the creative urge which seeks an outlet in the arts and in letters from the time we are small to the moment when we chose as adults the craft that defines us. As someone who still has pieces of childhood embroidery in her boxes, I loved this post.