Matched and Post-It Note Poetry

Matched by Ally Condie

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I am an avid Pinterest user, a site that is good for more than just DIY projects and wedding plans. There are a lot of nerdy pins on Pinterest and I keep a board called “Book Love and Language Lust.” A while ago I repinned a list of books to read if you liked The Hunger Games. Since I devoured The Hunger Games and it is so difficult to find decent YA, I figured it would come in handy. Recently I hit up Half-Price Books and bought a few of the books on the list. One of them being Matched.

I read Matched first because I needed something quick and fun in between some longer, harder reads. I didn’t expect Matched to be one of the most emotionally challenging reads of my life. The book takes place in a Utopic society where every major and minor life decision is made for the citizens. What they eat, their career, who they marry, how many kids they have, what they do in their recreational time, even when they die.

The book starts on the main character Cassia’s Matching Day. She is going to a banquet with other girls her age to find out who she will be matched with and eventually marry. Most girls are matched with boys from other cities but Cassia is surprisingly matched with her best friend Xander. She, Xander, and their families couldn’t be happier. But later, when reviewing her match information, another name and face appear. Another name and face she recognizes, the mysterious Ky.

The book progresses with Cassia breaking all the rules to try and learn if Ky is really the person she is supposed to be with or if it is Xander as predicted.

It is a really emotionally hard read as Cassia has to learn how to understand love and face the thought of rebellion.

What I really liked about this book was the details of culture. The Society had determined years earlier that the world was overrun with culture and because of that no one was truly appreciating any of it. So they formed The Hundred Committee, who chose 100 Poems, Songs, Paintings, etc and that is it for the rest of forever. There is no creation. There is nothing new. Citizens don’t even learn to write, they only know how to pick out letters on a key board.

In the book Cassia learns to write and to create her own words and it is beautiful. It so powerfully hit me that our lives are a gift. The fact I can type or write is a gift, that I can read thousands of books or listen to thousands of songs. That I  can form my personality around the culture I love and appreciate, instead of what has been chosen for me to love and appreciated. It struck me as beautiful and taken for granted.

Post-It Note Poetry

Now, I am no poet. My creativity begins and ends with prose. But this idea that I can write with my hands, and not just a keyboard, really stuck with me. There’s a real difference between striking a key and seeing the letter appear on a screen and actually writing it out. And I can write cursive, which is even more intense.

So I wanted to use this gift and write with my hands, but writing prose by hand is really not my thing. I can barely read my handwriting, I write the story too fast because I don’t want to wait to get to the good stuff,, and due to a past surgery, it causes my hand to cramp up.

So I decided to write poetry, short random tidbits in my head to use my ability to write with paper and ink. I started on a post-it note and viola! Poems that are no longer than a post-it. Since my poetry is admittedly awful, not one of them is longer than a few lines. They aren’t edited or really thought out. Just what came to my mind at the time.

I present: Post-It Note Poetry

1. (Before I really realized what I was doing.)

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I can use my   hand to write 

waterfall

twenty birds

flying twenty leagues

away

Gray skies in blue

Eyes

2. (This one is my favorite.)

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Blue shirts on burly men who are lost but know exactly where they are. But… a GPS can’t locate the soul, doesn’t know the road to your heart. 

3. (To, fro, to, from, whence. It all makes perfect sense.)

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Ghosts on a wet  plane of crazy people wandering, to, fro, to, From whence they come, grey, beautiful wisps upon the surface of our reality. 

4. (This one is particularly awful.)

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Time is fleeting, goes by so fast when we’re having fun, when we don’t care how fast it goes. Slow when we watch, like  a pot, but fleeting even when slow. 

5. (I think I lost track of what I was saying halfway through.)

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I need to spill the words onto blank states be it paper or carving the words into my skin, into my soul, with a fingernail or a piece of my soul. Paper or flesh, a permanent flowing. 

6. (I don’t hate this)

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Stick up for me because my bones are fragile but my heart is paper thin, so easily nicked by words, crumpled by a down-turned look. Have my back to keep me whole.

7. (Ummm…)

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Spinning and twisting, likes hands manipulating, kneading and folding, baking and drawing, and twisting the words, twisting how his eyes brighten when he sees you, looking away when he realizes you’re spinning.

8. (I like the imagery in this one.)

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I don’t know how to [tell] you that I never loved you even that weekend at the beach when we never saw the sun, but the moon and pulled closed linen curtains, floating in our moans. 

So… Post-It Note Poems. If you want to send me your own Post-It Note Poems, let me know in the comments and I can post them in a follow  up.

My Bookshelf

I am in a weird mood where I just want to talk about my books. And while it’s not hard-hitting blog writing, it’s my blog and I’ll do what I want! 😛

I have room for 3 of my own bookshelves, but two of them have been taken over by dvds. And since dvds are used with more frequency in my house, this makes sense. But as a result, I have one bookshelf dedicated to books and about 5 of those 56 gallon tubs you can buy at Target or Walmart.

So how could I possibly decided which books to display and which  to put away? It was a hard decision, I assure you, and there are days where I am angrily rummaging through tubs trying to find the books I promised to lend to a friend, and it is always at the very bottom of tub #5.

First, I kept out the books that mean the most to me. Authors whose entire collections I own or books I reread once a year despite my ever growing list of new books. My bookshelf also features a bunch of non-fiction self help books and my writing books. And then everything unread and brand new. And by brand new, I mean brand new to me, because no one as poor as I could buy all these books from Barnes & Noble. Can I get a wristband that says “Half Price Books For Life” or “WWHPBD?”

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There’s still pleeeeenty of room for new books before I have to get another tub. 😀

One day I hope to live in a house with a library.

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Reading List 8/13/13

I decided to split my list into “Read” and “To Read” so I could track it a little better. I started this list back in June of 2012. By the looks of my list I have read about 2.5 books a month. Not wonderful but lets remember there are 3 Song of Ice and Fire books on there, which take a little more time dedication than others. And of course the “To Read” section just keeps getting longer and longer every time I go to Half Price Books or discover a new author whose every work I must devour.

I also removed The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. I adore Jasper Fforde, he’s hilarious and has tons of fun and helpful writing advice. He’s super dorky and spastic, just like I think a writer should be. But I really can’t stand his writing.

Currently Reading: The Silvered by Tanya Huff

If anyone has any questions about the books on my Read list, please ask!

READ

1. The Magician’s Guild by Trudi Canavan
2. Storm Front by Jim Butcher
3. Dark Tower 1: The Gunslinger by Stephen King
4. Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen Degeneres
5. Maus 1 by Art
6. Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud Spiegelman
7. The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You by S. Bear Bergman
8. The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez
9. Olympos by Aki
10. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
11. Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
12. Specials by Scott Westerfeld
13. Extras by Scott Westerfeld
14. The Beautiful Room is Empty by Edmund White
15. M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang
16. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
17. Cruddy: An Illustrated Novel by Lynda Barry
18. The Cheese Monkeys by Chip Kidd
19. The Intrinsic Quality of Skin by Peter A. Jackson
20. Soulless by Gail Carriger
21. Changeless by Gail Carriger
22.Blameless by Gail Carriger
23. Heartless by Gail Carriger
24. Timeless by Gail Carriger
25. Wild Ways by Tanya Huff
26. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
27. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
28. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
29. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
30. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
31. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
32. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
33. Matched by Ally Condie

TO READ

1. *Etiquette & Espionage: The Finishing School Book The First by Gail Carriger
2. *Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
3. *Prudence by Gail Carriger
4. The Novice by Trudi Canavan
5. The High Lord by Trudi Canavan
6. Mastiff by Tamora Pierce
7. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
8. Exile and the Kingdom by Albert Camus
9. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
10. The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funk
11. FableHaven by Brandom Mull
12. The Grimm Fairy Tales
13. Hounded by Kevin Hearne
14. Selected Stories by Anton Chekhov
15. Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
16. The Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice
17. The Stand by Stephen King
18. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
19. Life of Pi by Yunn Martel
20. Blood Debt by Tanya Huff
21. Blood Pact by Tanya Huff
22. Blood Lines by Tanya Huff
23. Blood Trail by Tanya Huff
24. Blood Price by Tanya Huff
25. Valor’s Choice by Tanya Huff
26. The Silvered by Tanya Huff
27. No Quarter by Tanya Huff
28. The Quartered Sea by Tanya Huff
29. Gate of Darkness, Circle of Light by Tanya Huff
30. Trickster’s Girl by Hilari Bell
31. Dragon Flight by Anne McCaffrey
32. Dragon Quest by Anne McCaffrey
33. Freedom’s Landing by Anne McCaffrey
34. Crystal Singer by Anne McCaffrey
35. A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
36. *A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
37. City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende
38. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
39. Evermore by Alyson Noel
40. Starlighter by Bryan Davis
50. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
51. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
52. Daughter of Witches by Patricia Wrede
53. A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
54. Way of the Wolf by E.E. Knight
55. The Passage by Justin Cornin
56. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
57. InkHeart by Cornelia Funke
58. InkSpell by Cornelia Funke
59. InkDeath by Cornelia Funke
60. Shapechanger’s Song by Jennifer Roberson
61. Wages of Sin by Jenna Maclaine
62. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
63. Sophie’s World by Jostien Gardner
64. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
65. The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan
67. The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan
68. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
69. *Looking for Alaska by John Green
70. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
71. M is for Magic by Neil Gaiman
72. Whos’s Afraid of Beowulf? by Tom Holt
73. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
74. Divergent by Veronica Roth
75. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
76. Crossed by Ally Condie
77. *Reached by Allie Condie