Ciona D. Rouse

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Ciona Rouse is a poet, living in Nashville, Tenn., where she curates many poetry experiences and reading series in the city and teaches poetry workshops. Her poetry chapbook VANTABLACK was released in August 2017 by Third Man Books.

Average rating: 4.76 · 21 ratings · 3 reviews · 3 distinct works
Like Breath and Water: Pray...

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To Float in the Space Between by Terrance Hayes
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The Blue Clerk by Dionne Brand
"dionne brand’s work always makes me love language and love being in love. this is a brilliant and dense work! i feel like being out of academia/not reading theory (not to be confused with her new novel, i mean like barthes and deleuze and etc theo..." Read more of this review »
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If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
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James Baldwin is a master of his craft. I've read his essays and poetry and knew this was true. To finally read his fiction, however, is an entirely different ballgame. He eloquently reveals these characters and this story. This book is poetry even w ...more
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
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If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
"When it comes to writing a review for this, I prefer to share a small afterword as I prefer to let Baldwin's words speak rather than mine.

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Katherine Mansfield
“I have made it a rule of my life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy... you can't build on it; it's only good for wallowing in.”
Katherine Mansfield

Katherine Mansfield
“I imagine I was always writing. Twaddle it was, too. But better far write twaddle or anything, anything, than nothing at all.”
Katherine Mansfield

Naomi Shihab Nye
“Anyone who says, “Here’s my address,
write me a poem,” deserves something in reply.
So I’ll tell a secret instead:
poems hide. In the bottoms of our shoes,
they are sleeping. They are the shadows
drifting across our ceilings the moment
before we wake up. What we have to do
is live in a way that lets us find them.”
Naomi Shihab Nye, Red Suitcase

Katherine Mansfield
“I adore Life. What do all the fools matter and all the stupidity. They do matter but somehow for me they cannot touch the body of Life. Life is marvellous. I want to be deeply rooted in it - to live - to expand - to breathe in it - to rejoice - to share it. To give and to be asked for Love.”
Katherine Mansfield

Ernest Hemingway
“As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.”
Ernest Hemingway

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