We look at the diaristic poem 'The Desert' by Syrian poet Adonis whose piece shows us what it's like to be in a house alone at night while bombs rain down nearby, then we look at a piece of non- fiction from 1961 by the then 26 year old Joan Didion 'On Self Respect,' which is by turns insightful, wilful, and, obstructive.
John Siddique looks at work by two writers whose pieces seem simple and delightfully easy to read on the surface, but contain great depth when we spend a little time with them. Jeanette Winterson's story Atlantic Crossing looks at what it is like to live a closed inner life, while Tu Fu's poetry looks beyond the stories of the mind to the beauty of reality unfolding itself in the moment.
The First Rule Of Book Club Is That We Talk About Books.
If This Is Your First Time At John's Book Club - There Will Be Stories & Poems
In this week's book club we look at two pieces with a little more density, Araby by James Joyce, and Crosseyed Mother by poet Gabriela Mistral. Both pieces take a little time to give up their mysteries. We ponder of the value of staying with it and not reacting in order ourselves to enjoy the greater pleasure of having to meet the text on its terms rather than our own.
John Siddique reflects on how some of the very best literature takes us deeper into the beauty of what is right in front of us. In this all poetry episode, we look at two writers with the astonishing ability to touch the depth of life without cliche; Mary Oliver, and Galway Kinnell.
John Siddique explores the short story 'The Miracle' from 'Americanah' by Chimamanda Adichie and the poem 'Album of Dreams' from 'Selected Poems' by Czeslaw Milosz
Writer John Siddique looks at pieces by two writers who find the human in the tough stuff of modern life. We look at The Eyes Of The Soul by Michel Faber & Summer Solstice, New York City by Sharon Olds.