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Shawna Lemay

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I'm the author of several books of poetry (All the God-Sized Fruit, Against Paradise, Blue Feast and Red Velvet Forest) and have published a book of essays about living with still life, titled Calm Things.

My most recent work is titled Hive: A Forger about the possibility of a woman art forger. Forthcoming is Asking, a book of poems a poem-essays.


Breath



by Mark Strand


When you see them
tell them I am still here,
that I stand on one leg while the other one dreams,
that this is the only way,

that the lies I tell them are different
from the lies I tell myself,
that by being both here and beyond
I am becoming a horizon,

that as the sun rises and sets I know my place,
that breath is what saves me,
that even the forced Read more of this blog post »
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Average rating: 4.50 · 42 ratings · 12 reviews · 8 distinct works · Similar authors
Calm Things: Essays
4.58 of 5 stars 4.58 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 2008
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Hive: A Forgery
4.7 of 5 stars 4.70 avg rating — 10 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
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Asking
4.75 of 5 stars 4.75 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 2014
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Against Paradise
4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 2001 — 2 editions
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Blue Feast
4.67 of 5 stars 4.67 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 2005
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All the God-sized Fruit
4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 1999 — 4 editions
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The Red Velvet Forest
0.0 of 5 stars 0.00 avg rating — 0 ratings — published 2009
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Shy: An Anthology
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 2013
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Breath



by Mark Strand


When you see them
tell them I am still here,
that I stand on one leg while the other one dreams,
that this is the only way,

that... Read more of this blog post »
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I'll tell you right now, the doors to the world of the wild self are few but precious. If you have a deep scar, that is a door; if you have an old, old story, that is a door. If you love the sky and the water so much that you almost cannot bear it, that is a door. If you yearn for a deeper life, a full life, a sane life, that is a door.Clarissa Pinkola Estés
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One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul.Clarissa Pinkola Estés
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The Stream Of Life by Clarice Lispector By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart Yesterday, at the Hotel Clarendon by Nicole Brossard The Ravishing of Lol Stein by Marguerite Duras The Lover by Marguerite Duras Vote on this list »
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“How to recognize what is real? To know the layers and depths of oneself, to know how to open, to know how to fill a capacious hold-all, to know one’s own quirks and nervous twitches, cravings and transparencies, and, above all the force, literally the force, of events, connections, the wild calm in every thing. ”
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“Yet I never sought what is real, yearned for the real, but rather I have yearned for dreams more than solid things. I can say I love the textures of dreams. The way they hover and almost taste. The clouds and darkness that linger behind, mostly unseen. And the palette of dreams. You can almost taste the colours, they seem as words on the tip of the tongue, unsayable as pomegranate seeds, unsayable as thick cream, the darkness of such a thick cream. This is why I am obsessed with dreams. They know what we cannot. Night after night they try and tell us the impossible. Dreams are secret and closed, and also contain everything, gushing, splayed open. Dream suitcases, carpetbags, hold-alls. They influence us secretly and they draw me to travel to nowhere, to beauty’s passage, through halls of mirrors where I know I am not myself, I know I am sublime. ”
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“I pastiche, I quote, I lie. Fake, forge, forage, fabricate, copy, borrow, transform, steal. I illusion. I’m a genuine deceiver, a shy sham artist.”
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“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
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“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”
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“To be happy is to be able to become aware of oneself without fright.”
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“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
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“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”
Neil Gaiman

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Marts  (Thinker) Great to meet you Shawna,
Thanks for the add!


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Beth Hi Shawna,
Thanks for befriending this fellow Goodreads author!



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