Leah Angstman

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July 11

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Fiction: E. Speare, Faulkner. Poetry: Kooser, Hugo, Noyes.

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Leah Angstman is a historian and transplanted Midwesterner, unsure of what feels like home anymore. She is the recent winner of the Loudoun Library Foundation Poetry Award and Nantucket Directory Poetry Award, and is a two-time Top 10 Finalist for the Saluda River Prize for Poetry, judged once by South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Heath Wentworth and once by Ray McManus. Her writing has been a recent placed finalist in the Cowles Poetry Book Prize from Southeast Missouri State University Press, Able Muse Book Award judged by Charles Martin, Bevel Summers Prize for Short Fiction from Washington & Lee University, Pen 2 Paper Writing Competition in both Poetry and Fiction categories, Blue Bonnet Review Poetry Contest, Baltimore Science F ...more

I'm proud to say that my poem, “The many deaths of the wives,” about the 1800s actor M. B. Curtis and his wife Marie, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by the editor of Likely Red, where the piece was first published. For the uninitiated, the Pushcart Prize is an annual anthology compiled by veteran editors who read and review thousands of pieces submitted from editors of other presses. Every... Read more of this blog post »
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Footnote 1

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Aftermath

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Fancy that of London

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Poem Poorly Written

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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
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This book destroyed my soul. I'm still reeling from it. I cried. I laughed. I learned something. I was left with a hole inside me. It has been a long time since I cared about characters as much as I cared about Joe, Sammy, and Tracy Bacon. Rosa was a ...more
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Hollywood Said No! by Bob Odenkirk
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DNF. I could not get into this book. I loved Mr. Show, but this book did not live up to that level at all, and it's just not my type of humor. This is one for the super-superfans, who I'm sure will get a kick out of it, but it wasn't for me.
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Lost Horizon by James Hilton
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I had a lot of problems with this book. For starters, it's old, so it's written in an old-fashioned style that isn't so easy anymore. I understand that it is classic, but the story within a story within a story stuff is hard to digest. We take all th ...more
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Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
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This was more enjoyable than I thought it was going to be. I have a love / hate relationship with Dickens. He's funnier than you think, but he's sometimes so sickeningly moral that it's grating. In the fashion of Dickens, of course, I liked the villa ...more
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The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
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This book. This book. I have always loved Colonel Chamberlain who defended Little Round Top, but I have never loved him nor seen him like this. Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of Gettysburg (the basis for the 1990s movie Gettysburg) is an astou ...more
A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss
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“One of the biggest sicknesses this world has is expectation. We all expect other people to be a certain way or to do a certain thing. Most people, they spend their whole lives under the wants of other people.”
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“You're just now getting desperate. When you're really down you won't have anything to say about pride....Pride's for rich folk.”
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“He wanted to miss his wife, to be doing the simple thing, the heroic thing, to be ordered. He wanted to be there to wish he were home.”
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“Whatever he pays me, it won't last longer than the land would. That land will always be there, for me and you, even your kids. The money would only be good for a little while. Things are tough now, but they'll turn around.”
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James Baldwin
“Life is tragic simply because the earth turns and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time. Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, the only fact we have. It seems to me that one ought to rejoice in the fact of death--ought to decide, indeed, to earn one's death by confronting with passion the conundrum of life. One is responsible for life: It is the small beacon in that terrifying darkness from which we come and to which we shall return.”
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