Short stories and poems I liked in April

I managed to read 31 stories in April! One day, I will start following magazines in a more organized manner, but this is not the day. For some reason, I like reading randomly, either from people that tweet their favorite stories, or someone promoting their own work, or even going in a magazine and just choose what to read based on the title (and the length. Never forget the length).

There aren’t many poems this month, because I didn’t read any. I’ll fix this as I go.

So, here are eight favourites of mine from this past month.

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Stories and Poems I liked in March

In March, I finally managed to go back to reading short stories, which has helped change my mood to the better. I didn’t have a plan in the way I chose what I read. In the following list there older stories and newer stories, same venues and same authors. Most of them are flash stories, because it was easier for me to focus for a shorter amount of time. But they are all unique and interesting.

So, there you go!

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A poetry anthology dedicated to Ursula K. Le Guin

I am lucky enough to have two of my poems be part of a wonderful poetry anthology dedicated to Ursula K. Le Guin. It’s called Climbing Lightly through Forests: A Poetry Anthology Honoring Ursula K. Le Guin and includes poems and essays inspired by Le Guin’s work from great artists all around the world. Working with the editors Lisa M. Bradley and R.B. Lemberg was a great experience.

The first poem “We dream the future in our songs” has been inspired by my favourite book of hers “The Word for World is Forest” and the second one “Time is being and being time” is an answer to her poem “Hymn to Time”

While I didn’t discover Le Guin as an author until a decade ago, her words have created a little nest in my heart I visit frequently and add to it as I read more of her work – which I do slowly, as I’m afraid of the emptiness once I won’t have another book of hers to open, like a last step on staircase that doesn’t really exist.

I believe this book covers this emptiness, approaches her work with love and care and all the ways her words have touched her readers.

 

Time is being and being

time, it is all one thing,

the shining, the seeing,

the dark abounding.

 

from Hymn to Time, by Ursula K. Le Guin

 

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Favourite Books for 2020

A little late for this post, but I had it on my drafts for a month, so, here it is. 2020 was an absolute clusterfuck but somehow, I managed to read 40 books which the majority of which I greatly enjoyed. Here is the list with my favourite books in no particular order; these are the ones that kept me company in hospital stays, long long nights and the hard weeks in between. I mean, something good had to come out from this year, right?

 

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My poem “Νόστιμον Ήμαρ” is up in Uncanny Magazine

I have a new poem up in Uncanny Magazine. “Νόστιμον Ήμαρ” is a poem about leaving and missing home and the taste of it.

Νόστιμον Ήμαρ means “the day of return” in Greek and it’s an expression one can find in Odyssey. The word νόστιμος (tasty) has the same root as νoσταλγία (nostalgia) which is νόστος and means coming back to your home country. It’s an interesting thing if you think about it, how tastes and food can mean home to people.

I hope you enjoy it!

 

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