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Sarah J. Sloat

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I love poetry, literature and non-fiction. Every summer I go on a diet of short stories. I like the literary, the mainstream, the experimental and the un-categorical. I'm not big on the incomprehensible, but the small incomprehensible can be good. I don't believe in god, but I'm interested in religion, too, mostly eastern and quakerism, which I grew up with. I like history, though mostly American, and long ago in another lifetime, I studied Chinese. I'm a feminist. And a mother, wife and dog lover. And an ex-pat.

As I get older I'm only interested in reading books that are wonderful and otherwise remarkable.

In poetry and otherwhere, the lower-case i/I doesn't bother me one bit.

I trust the Booker more than the Pulitzer.

Regarding my shelves,
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Easter/ drove a tent pole in / to a kiss

Spending an Easter alone — first time for that. Alas, I am shipwrecked in Spain waiting for my residence permit to become a physical document.

But my favorite restaurant is open for take-out, I picked up various goodies at the pharmacy, I exercised, and danced around a little to some 70s music (is there gas in the car, yes there’s gas in the car). The last two days I hadn’t felt well and I cried ab

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“I might walk vast expanses
of earth and always be beginning
and I love beginning
or could learn
to love it.”
S. Jane Sloat

“My heart is small, like a love of buttons or black pepper.”
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“For a moment the radio wavered between stations
and I was so busy
making myself marvelous.”
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“The written word, obviously, is very inward, and when we're reading, we're thinking. It's a sort of spiritual, meditative activity. When we're looking at visual objects, I think our eyes are obviously directed outward, so there's not as much reflective time. And it's the reflectiveness and the spiritual inwardness about reading that appeals to me.”
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“I was reading the dictionary. I thought it was a poem about everything.”
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“God have pity on the smell of gasoline
which finds its way like an arm
through a car window,
more human than kerosene,
more unctuous, more manly.”
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message 14: by Helle

Helle Thanks for the friends request, Sarah. Looking forward to sharing books with you.


Anastasia Hi S. Thank you for being my friend.


message 12: by Ken

Ken OK, Sarah, I've got my Moby pic up and ready for sail come late October (note look of fear and loathing).


message 11: by Hesper

Hesper So far she's been clever enough to stay away from it. It is a bane of a word. It kills entire sentences.

I've been loving your selections for the PotD, btw.


message 10: by Mia

Mia Hi S.,

thank you for being a friend.

Mia


message 9: by Slim

Slim Tree Thank you Jane.
You are so lovely.
Cheers.
Slim.


Flying Thank you for adding me as a friend.:)


message 7: by Sarah

Sarah Thanks so much, Tom. Nice of you to say so.


message 6: by Tom

Tom Loved your poem "from train 21," posted on your blog, Sarah. The seemingly contradictory tone / pace of headlong rush and reflection is quite effective.

It also makes me think of Pound's "In a Station of the Meto" -- The apparition of these faces in the crowd; / Petals on a wet black bough.


Benjamin Zapata Hi Sarah,...


Tráese Salut S! Good to see you here and be GR buds!

-shanti *t


message 3: by Noran

Noran Miss Pumkin Just wanted to stop in and wish you the best of the holiday season! Merry Christmas!-Noran
Hammond,IN :)



message 2: by Sarah

Sarah Hi Brooklyn,
I recommend "The Bell" above all. Thanks for asking. I would like to read it again. I also loved "The Sea, The Sea." "A Word Child" would be third in line.... maybe tied with "The Sacred and Profane Love Machine."
sarah


Nicole love the addition of the stephen wright quote: he's some kind of low-key genius, no?


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