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My August 6 reading is Karin L. Frank's "Celestial Mechanics"

I've been having weird dreams, I guess as have most, so I'm glad I stumbled on this as I was digging around. Dreams do good things to the worst of our experiences, and this imagery is one of the loveliest I've seen about it so far.

abyssapexzine.com/2020/01/cele

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First Friday of August, and I'm reading "Musical Tastes Change" by Stephen Ellams

The is all about musical metaphors, but is at its best at its end: never singing from the same hymn sheet.

bewilderingstories.com/issue86

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August 8 seems like a good day as any to read a few horny : I'm looking at "invocation of my guardian angel in six sexts" by Camille Rosas

Gotta say the getting vored by the guardian angel got me screaming.

eyetothetelescope.com/archives

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The Ninth of the Eighth, and I'm reading Alexandra Seidel's "The Golem on My Tongue"

I feel like this continues a theme from yesterday. It's a total coincidence. That said, would you eat a golem of your making?

goblinfruit.net/2012/spring/po

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It's a few hours since August 10 ended, but I am reading Sheikha A.'s "Phasing"

Loving the rhythm in that is brought out by the sounds in the poem.

spreadingthewritersword.com/20

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For the Twelfth of August, I'm reading Gretchen Tessmer's "Fairy Tales"

I'm thinking of the second dragon, stronger and wiser. May they have a fill of heros.

kaleidotrope.net/summer-2020/f

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The Thirteenth, and I'm reading this terrifying by Laura Cranehill titled "We Let You Live"

"Some promise must have been broken / between your lord and mine." The lines reminds me of how many lives do get lost when the powerful play their power games.

strangehorizons.com/poetry/we-

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I've been reading my later and later each evening, but I'm reading August 14th, I'm reading Claudia Buckholts' "Birds on a Wire"

I love how this doesn't treat a natural phenomenon as frightful, but rather as something that teaches and transforms its subject into something new. Love it.

eclectica.org/v24n3/buckholts.

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My Mid-August reading is Jennifer Crow's "The Old God Dies"

The poem reminds me of forest destruction scenes in Princess Mononoke.

liminalitypoetry.com/issue-24-

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August 16, and I'm reading Archita Mittra's "cinderella"

I warn you tho, the poem is not merely a different take on cinderella, but rather a terrifyingly sad one.

mithilareview.com/mittra_06_20

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The Seventeenth of August, and I'm reading a by Mark Childs titled "Only Half in the World of Form"

Love that this is a poem about shapeshifters, but also love that the setting is on Mars and Ceres.

sites.google.com/a/newmyths.co

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Eighteen of the Eighth Month, and I'm reading Deborah P Kolodji's "Travel Agency Fails"

The (or 4 bits of ) remind me of why I wouldn't trust travel agencies. But also: I'd totally make that mistake when booking for Venus.

silverblade.net/2020/05/travel

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It's 232th Day, and I read Grant Clauser's "He Knows What Makes Old Men Grumpy"

What I like about this poem is not its explanation of the context for grumpiness, but its description of a lost land where people could find things lost to the land itself.

superstitionreview.asu.edu/iss

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My August 20 reading is Liz Adair "Dragon in the E.R."

The imagery in this , specifically the transformation from a human(?) to a dragon. This starts with a reference to the E.R. but ends sounding like it's an alchemical experiment gone wrong.

strangehorizons.com/poetry/dra

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Today's was yesterday's episode of Tracy K. Smith's The Slowdown podcast (this week is featuring space-themed ). It was Jesús I. Valles' "On a Spaceship Somewhere, Long After Empire's Collapse"

And let me tell you, the best part of this poem is that the aunties running space expeditions.

slowdownshow.org/episode/2020/

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I've been reading more of Bogi Takács's work, and I love them. My August 22 reading is Bogi's "The Handcrafted MMotions of Flight"

This poem weaves a story out of the past lives that are not necessarily in the past. I love it because even when we break away from the notion of linearity, we tend to forget to break away from the direction of that linearity. This poem does it perfectly.

stonetelling.com/issue7-mar201

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I missed August 23's , so today it's gonna be two :

First, Jacqueline West's "Arsinoë's Letter to Her Sister" literary.erictmarin.com/sister I suggest y'all dig up the biography of this lesser known sister of Cleopatra who was murdered by Cleopatra's lover.

And Second, Sara Cleto & Brittany Warman's "An Announcement" which triggers my feelings, I do miss the specific spaces described in the poem, I've been at that witch's shop, I have seen that tattered violinist. uncannymagazine.com/article/an

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Twenty-Five is the Day of the Eighth Month, and I'm reading "Past Modernism" by Leslianne Wilder

This is great in exploring a trajectory of artwork, and yes, I'd want to see the melanoma Qur'an by genetic medium, and Mona Lisa on fire by an art curator bot annoyed by the lack of destruction.

kaleidotrope.net/archives/summ

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I'm reading Leslie J. Anderson's , today, titled "In the Valley of Midas"

Of course this is a new take on the Midas myth, but this one involves a wall. A poem that ends with a wall is apt for these years of the walls keeping people out of the cursed gold.

strangehorizons.com/poetry/in-

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August 27's reading: I'm reading "Capricorn" by Tara Betts

I was craving a short poem, and imagine my joy in finding this piece by an acquaintance who was once a classmate. The goats joyful jumping was exactly what I needed to think of tonight. (I can see/hear them in my memories).

apex-magazine.com/capricorn/

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My reading today came from Randa Jarrar's tweet telling us to read Marwa Helal's "WHO REAL؟"

JUST LOOK AT THIS!!! That's all.

"reading hologram my this
you to
me showed book a writing coz
yourselves save to read cant yall
english you teach to arabic an write to had i guess"

poets.org/poem/who-real

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August 29 and I'm reading Nacsio Andress Reed's "The following parameters"

This poem is inviting me to go look at maps of Mars.

uncannymagazine.com/article/th

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It's 243 days from the start of the year, and I'm in the mood for a cute , so I read Kat Riddell's piece "Secrets / / Reflections"

Tbh, I saw myself in the witch, having a camper at the edge of town and telling fortunes.

arsenika.ink/poetry/secrets-re

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The final I'm reading in August is "Ophelia" by Sydney Richardson

This poem made me imagine the narrator as a faun, a deer, or a stag walking in the forest by the water.

anathemamag.com/ophelia

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I'm not surprised that it's the First of September, but I'm wondering how we got here. So I'm reading "The Bastard's Lot" by Ayeni Tolulope.

I like that this ends with an eagle "soaring and cursing"

bewilderingstories.com/issue53

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It's a full moon (right?), and so I'm reading a witchy called "Spell Thief" by Hester J. Rook.

The false gold! The thought of scamming a spell or the spell gods is amazing.

liminalitypoetry.com/issue-23-

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The I'm reading for Day 3 of Month 9 is Sonya Taaffe's "He Should Marry the Daughter of the Angel of Death"

Poems about eloping remind me of the time a friend eloped with her partner. It didn't work out, and her father was not an Angel of anything.

strangehorizons.com/poetry/he-

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Late as usual, but I read for September 4 Cassandra Khaw's "Protestations Against the Idea of Anglicization"

I felt this poem, and really enjoying going through its fury:
"Anglicize this:
my name is my fucking weapon."

uncannymagazine.com/article/pr

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It's a Saturday, the 5th of September, and I'm reading "Fin" by Terese Mason Pierre.

This is filled with sounds, and if you like soundscapes done in text, this is the poem for you.

uncannymagazine.com/article/fi

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I missed posting the 250th yesterday, but today I'm catching up with two :

May Chong's "Cursebody" because body horror. And also the sounds of cicadas. apparitionlit.com/stories/curs

Yuan Changming's "On the Recycling Day" because I miss living in an apartment building and wondering what the neighbor's trash was. alteredrealitymag.com/on-the-r

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New day new , for September 8, I'm reading Bethany Powell's "Trust Your Eyes"

The most relevant two lines this week are these:
"So keep bolts on your doors if you're sick
so no thing comes to gather you early."

strangehorizons.com/poetry/tru

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For September 9, I'm reading A.Z. Louise's "Through"

I love most about this poem its references to the beastliness that resides within us.

vulturebonesmag.com/through-by

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September 10, I think I'm burnt out, but I'm reading a , because is life.

T.J. Barnum's "Junk Yard Morgue" has a character that, while not burnt out, sure seems like it. Hanging out after dark alongside the lifeless (burnt-out) things in a junk yard.

rivetjournal.com/junkyard-morg

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11 of September, a Friday, and I'm here reading Andrea Tang's "A Starship Shot Down Like the Sun"

It got me thinking of "immortal fears". Sometimes we try to manage our fears and sometimes we just need to shoot them down.

kaleidotrope.net/archives/autu

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The 12th of the Ninth of the Twenty-twentieth and I'm reading "The Witch Boy", a by Marcie Lynne Tentchoff

And of course, I'm wishing I had that 300 carefree years.
goblinfruit.net/autumn07/thewi

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September 13, a Sunday and Not a Friday, I'm reading this beautiful by Oke Mbachu "Sleeping with one sky open"

I think of all the different skies I could have, it would be the earth's sky too that I would prefer. But with a lot less light pollution.

astropoetica.com/Winter08/slee

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Second Week of September, and I'm reading this take on Borneo folklore by villbeejay "The Weary Old Tree"

I gotta say, I really felt the line where the Belian say "finally some peace and quiet!"

truancymag.com/2020/07/31/the-

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My 15 of September reading is Qurat Dar's "Soothsayer Blues"

These two lines will ring true one day:
"you can’t build an ark when you’ve
already cut all the trees down"

mithilareview.com/soothsayer-b

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September 16, I'm reading Jenny Blackford's listing "Eleven Exhibits in a Better Natural History Museum, London"

Gotta say I'd want to see the dragon exhibit.

strangehorizons.com/poetry/ele

9/17, and I'm reading Ken Poyner's "First Contact"

I tend to anticipate the weirdness of first contact linguistically, but this captures the dumbassery of the diplomat types.

abyssapexzine.com/2020/06/firs

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It's Day 262 of the Year 2020, and I'm reading a future "An Observation, Circa 10,000 A.D" by Alan Meyrowitz.

The poem has a very truthy gem:
"Yet love and matters of the heart
still find no place in cold design"

eyetothetelescope.com/archives

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Today's , 9/19 is by Na Zhong titled "Bank of Emergency"

And it's carrying me through this week: some emergencies will take a long time to resolve, and I should keep my mind "crystal-clear"

arsenika.ink/poetry/bank-of-em

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Two-thirds-th of the Month, I'm reading Karen A. Romanko's "They Threw Their Daughters into the Sea"

The poem sounds dark, but the sea as "childless" makes it quite interesting.

goblinfruit.net/spring07/threw

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September 21st has come to be a rough day, and so I'm seeking a vengeful reading: Stuti Telidevara's "a weather witch's vengeance"

I am really appreciating this for the anger it holds. I too would bring down the sun upon us.

inkscrawl.net/issue9-dec2015/t

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I'm a bit late on my readings, so today I'm reading 2 to catch up with September 23. Both poems are well worth the read, but if I get to choose between the two, it's Yoon Ha Lee's .

Yoon Ha Lee "When Soft The Water Fell" strangehorizons.com/poetry/whe

David Clink "Back Story" strangehorizons.com/poetry/bac

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September 24, which means I'm reading a . Today it's Adam B. Shaeffer's "From Fantasist to Son"

This poem like many nice ends perfectly with a reflection on simple joys.

jabberwocky-magazine.com/2011/

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9/25, I'm reading "Curiosity" by WC Roberts.

This is a nice tribute to Curiosity as it approached Aeolis Mons.

kaleidotrope.net/archives/wint

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We're getting closer to the end of the month. I'm reading a by Kendall Evans titled "In the Wake of the Quiet One"

I've got both meanings of "wake" going in my head, and both meanings make the line "Your stare fixed and mine inconstant" quite meaningful.

literary.erictmarin.com/archiv

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Fourth week of September, and I'm reading "Stepping Through the Self" by Helga Kidder.

This reads almost like a mourning&rebirth prayer.
silverblade.net/2020/08/steppi

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Looks like I missed yesterday's poem. So two today, both by Maggie Damken.

"Undiscovered Hells" and I recommend you listen to the podcast version of this as well. strangehorizons.com/poetry/und

"Before I Opened My Eyes" (a in the voice of Frankenstein's Creature) strangehorizons.com/poetry/bef

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Final Day of September, and I'm reading "Deer Headed Kings" a by Tanner S. Abernathy

Something about deers reading the stars is amazing to me. I'm going to spend the night thinking of this.

abyssapexzine.com/2017/01/deer

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Happy October(?), I'm reading Bryan Thao Worra's "Phaya Nak Goes to the West"

This is ends nicely with what the Phaya Nak offers us and how we'd interpret it as a horrific thing.

uncannymagazine.com/article/ph

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It's a new month and a new moon and I'm reading Rachel Rodman's "Different Boxes"

The best thing about this is that it's a date involving Pandora and Schrödinger.

mithilareview.com/rodman_06_20

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October 3 and I'm reading Jennifer Crow's "Love, and the Merciless Sea"

I'm missing autumn in autumnal regions and this poem had a line on that and I liked it for that reason.

mythicdelirium.com/featured-po

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So I'm reading for October 4 and 5 published by Mithila Review (I'm told they turn 5 this month).

I'm starting with Ajapa Sharma's "Wolfish Woman" (because human wolves!) mithilareview.com/ajapa_sharma

And then Arjun Rajendran's "The Epiloge of Flight 714" (because lest we forget that Hergé was racist) mithilareview.com/rajendran_04

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I guess I miss days when my life goes in a bit of a freefall. But I did read a yesterday "Mount Rushmore" by Dante Clark before sleeping.

slowdownshow.org/episode/2020/

But for October 7, I'm reading Neile Graham's "The Ozette Tartan" which is giving me a nice home feeling, specifically the blankets, and the sense of sleep.

interfictions.com/ozette-tarta

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For my Tenth Month, on its Ninth Day, I'm reading a new Lora Gray's "As if My Flesh was Summer Soil"

The imagery of the belly is quite interesting for me. This was nice to read this evening.

uncannymagazine.com/article/as

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Ugh I'm mixing up my blursdays. This is for the Ninth Day. I'm reading Lesley Wheeler's "Dragon Questionnaire"

This poem is quite good. I love breaking the forms of this way.

strangehorizons.com/poetry/dra

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So for October 10 and 11, I'm reading this by Deborah P. Kolodji:

"Pluto
adds moons to his harem
the ice in bed"

astropoetica.com/Spring06/plut

The other I'm reading is Andrei Dorian Gheorghe's "The Essential Integral"

astropoetica.com/Spring06/esse

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