Here are five links to absorbing articles, websites, and blogs of interest.
1. Joy Harjo, a talented American Indian poet, has written a new memoir, Crazy Brave. It is reviewed intelligently in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and here is the first paragraph by Elizabeth Wilkinson.
“Readers familiar with Joy Harjo’s poetry, or, better, who have experienced her live performances, will recognize a familiar cadence and overarching mythic quality in the voice she creates for her newest work, “Crazy Brave.” In a memoir steeped in her Mvskoke (also known as Muscogee) worldview, Harjo relates narratives of abuse, persistence and reclamation that tap into universal human emotions. Harjo’s text resonates for and with readers, whether longtime fans or not; as she asserts, “A story matrix connects all of us.”
2. Have you ever wanted to know the titles of Noel Streatfeild’s adult books? Check out this website. I’ve read Saplings, but I’d like to track down the others.
3. At Reader’s Almanac, the Library of America blog, John Matteson writes about the relationship between Margaret Fuller and Emerson. Since I recently read April Bernard’s novel, Miss Fuller, I am intrigued by these Transcendentalist intellectuals.
4. At Critical Flame, Jerome Richard reviews Sandra M. Gilbert’s new collection of poems, Aftermath. Gilbert may be best known for The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination, co-written with Susan Gubar.