nothing left to do but sing

The title of this post is the last line of Chris Haven’s lovely poem, The Songbird’s Song . In the poem, the poet worries that the songbird’s song is disappearing one note at a time.

Eileen is canning tomatoes in the kitchen. I have already been to the Farmers Market. My piano has been fixed and tuned. Kelly Bakker, the piano guy, reacted to the news that I am retiring by trying to sell me a piano.

If he could come up with a Steinway upright I would consider it.

My brother and his wife are coming for a visit next week. I am reorganizing my study to accommodate hosting them.  I moved a metal set of shelves in and put books on it. This would have been a good solution to all the books laying around but the shelf itself is too flimsy. Eileen has bid on a shelf that will replace it. We need to change it so it will be safe for visitors.

I have been reading in David Foster Wallace’s biography.

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I’m not sure it’s a great one but learning about his life is interesting and illuminates some of the books he has written that I have read.

I want to finish this bio and the biography of Miles Davis by Szwed.

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Szwed has a better handle on Davis than Max does of Wallace.

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Since I have finished a couple of novels, I started Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal thurston.

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In her essay, “Their Eyes Were Watching God: What does soulful mean?”, Zadie Smith talks about resisting reading this book for several reasons. Her mom convinces her to read it and she is sucked in, despite her objections.

I also am uncomfortable with the dialect in this book. But when she wants to Thurston can write incredibly beautiful prose. Plus she tells a story. I’m hooked.


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