A Poem by Mark Strand

1.19.2017

Hi Readers,

Here's another poem I thought was worth sharing! Please feel free to tell me what you think of it. Have a great day!

- The Soup Chef



Eating Poetry
By Mark Strand

Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.
There is no happiness like mine.
I have been eating poetry.

The librarian does not believe what she sees.
Her eyes are sad
and she walks with her hands in her dress.

The poems are gone.
The light is dim.
The dogs are on the basement stairs and coming up.

Their eyeballs roll,
their blond legs burn like brush.
The poor librarian begins to stamp her feet and weep.

She does not understand.
When I get on my knees and lick her hand,
she screams.

I am a new man. 
I snarl at her and bark.
I romp with joy in the bookish dark. 
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"If--" by Rudyard Kipling

1.18.2017

Hi Readers!

I found this poem about a year ago, and meant to share it on Reading Soup, but didn't get around it until now. Despite this, I do hope you enjoy this poem, and please feel free to share your thoughts and opinions on it. Additionally, if you have any poems you would like to share, do not hesitate to do so!

Have a great day,
The Soup Chef


If-- 
By Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or beings hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream--and not make dreams your
master;
If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings--nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!
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Book Review: The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket

12.28.2016

Genre: Fiction
Ages: 8 and Up

This was perhaps one of my personal favorites in the series thus far. It seemed, for just a split second, that there was hope in the lives of the Baudelaire orphans after all. Of course, all good things must come to an end, and this book did contain it's fair share of treachery. Nevertheless, Lemony Snicket successfully managed to progress the story further, and his imaginative writing style triumphantly proved itself once again. Tragic though it may be, I cannot wait to see what comes next in this Series of Unfortunate Events.

About:
The three Baudelaire orphans have now arrived at an awful boarding school called Prufrock Prep. The lonesome children are soon shunned by the rest of the student body and staff, with the exception of two kind orphans named Duncan and Isadora. Soon enough, the Baudelaire's have made genuine friends for the first time in months. Just when things begin to look hopeful, Count Olaf reappears, and he is just as bloodthirsty as ever.

Have you read any of the books in A Series of Unfortunate Events before? If so, tell us what you thought about them right here at Reading Soup! It's always a pleasure to hear your literary thoughts and opinions. Have a great day, happy holidays, and keep on reading!

- The Soup Chef

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Book Review: The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket

12.19.2016

Ages: 8 and Up
Genre: Fiction

     So far, I would have to say that this was the most depressing book in the series. Nevertheless, Lemony Snicket still managed to maintain his high-caliber writing style that never fails to draw me in. If you have yet to read this series, I hope that you get on it right away!

About:
     After unsuccessfully having three different guardians, the Baudelaire orphans now find themselves working in a dreadful lumber mill. Within time, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny learn to adapt to their new, abrasive lifestyle. Suddenly, things take a turn for the worse when Klaus breaks his glasses, which ends up causing more troubles then the children would have imagined.

   
     Have you read any of the book in A Series of Unfortunate Events, before? If so, tell us what you thought about it right here at Reading Soup! It's always a pleasure to hear your literary thoughts and opinions. Merry Christmas, and keep on reading!

- The Soup Chef
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Book Review: The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket

11.28.2016

Genre: Fiction
Ages: 8 and Up

     Lemony Snicket is ingenious! The further I progress into this series, the more I find myself falling in love with his unique writing style. If you are unfamiliar with A Series of Unfortunate Events, you need to pick up a copy of The Bad Beginning right away. The miserable tale of the Baudelaire orphans is simply irresistible!

About:
     Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are now under the care of their distance relative, Aunt Josephine. The poor old widow fears practically everything in existence, including the monstrous Lake Lachrymose, which is right near her house. As usual though, misfortune soon strikes, and the Baudelaire's must escape the clutches of Count Olaf once more.

     Have you read any of the book in A Series of Unfortunate Events before? If so, tell us what you thought about it right here at Reading Soup! It's always a pleasure to hear your literary thoughts and opinions. Have a great day, happy holidays, and keep on reading!

- The Soup Chef
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