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I was looking up adaptations and stuff based on Jane Eyre. I saw Aurora Leigh by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. I kept thinking about over the past day and I decided to look up some of her poems. I really like A Man's Requirements. It kinda reminds me of Captain Wentworth's letter.

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Just read this poem and listen to it! The rhythm man! The rhythm!

The Originator

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I have forgotten about this yet. I've just been busy writing my own and reading prose that the poems fell to the side. But today as I was looking for new poets to read I came across a post on Flavorwire which lead me to Getting Lucky by Nicole Steinberg

The poem that I love the most is below. It was originally posted here

What I’m Doing With My Life

Dicking around. Not reading
the Times. Writing and ripping up
the long list of things I’ve survived.

Holding grudges against smells:
Lauren by Ralph Lauren, an ex’s body
soap. Refurbishing sickness as

tradition in the hope someone
will buy it. Crying in the laundry room.
Cutting checks. Mentally debating how

many slices of pizza to get. Raising
imaginary hell. Living on self-reward.
Never promising to pray for anyone.

I think this one reminds me of my own life obviously what else. But I also feel like it's speaking to the twenty something women of this era. I think a lot about what our generation is going to leave behind you know. So yeah I'm trying to read more contemporary poets.

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Today is my grandmother's birthday. That got me to thinking about daughters. So of course I went looking for poems about daughters.

The first is For a Daughter Who Leaves by Janice Mirikitani. The title called to me.

The second is How I Got That Name by Marilyn Chin. The title also called to me because I was supposed to be named something completely different than what I have now.

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I have checked out from the library three biographies on women poets. Our library has a lot of biographies and I eat those up so I was looking for some more bios of poets I could check out. I googled and I came across Delmira Agustini. This is the poem I read from her.

I like this one because it touches on a theme that's been reoccurring in my life. With my mental illnesses there are days when I feel completely fine. Normal if you will. But then a sad mood comes on or I'm manic or I'm just feeling unlike myself and I think it will never end.

But it always does and I restart the cycle anew. It's just something I'll have to get used to but that doesn't mean I have to like it.

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I picked up a book of poetry at the library. The title caught my eye Early Grrl I didn't pay attention to who the author was and I glanced at the back blurb but I know the title is what grabbed me.

So I decided to look through the book today. I saw the title of one poem "The Token Woman" and I immediately flipped to that. It's a beautiful poem and I regret that I can't find a link to it online.

The author is Marge Piercy. I've picked the following poem to share today. The friend.

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I got mixed. Still I rise is Poem #10. I'll fix that when I add the graphic.

Today I made the decision I had been ruminated over for quite awhile. I've decided that I do want to attend LSU. I tried to lie to myself and make up excuses to reason with myself that I should stay up here. But honestly I'm scared. It'll be my first extended stay away from home and I'm completely scared. I've never been that far away from home even though it's still in the same state. But I have hankered to go this school and this meeting today confirmed for me. So I'm just going to have to grit my teeth and get on that Greyhound.

So the poem I choose today relates to this. It is A Girl Ago by Lucie Brock-Broido.

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I recently checked out a biography on H.D. and I put in a a request for a volume of her poems as an interlibrary loan. While I was volunteering today I started to read the bio and I looked up some of her poems.

Today I'm sharing Leda. I clicked this particular because of the name. I recall it from Greek Mythology and I believe she was the mother of Helen. I'm very interested in reading the author's "Helen in Egypt" and I feel like this was a good introduction. The imagery is very strong and I love the depiction of the colors. If I'm not mistaken I think the poem is talking about when Zeus disguised himself as a swan and impregnated Leda. That's just my take.

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The poem I would like to share today is Coal by Audre Lorde. I was thinking about her and a google search led me to this poem. What made me post it was my reaction to the end of it. I feel like the poems that really stay with me always have a certain ending. I will always react to either with shock or awe or some type of reaction. It's hard to explain but I feel like when I really like a poem I have to have some type of visceral reaction to it.

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The seventh poem I want to share with you is Into My Own by Robert Frost. A little background on my relationship to Frost. Way back in like the early 2000s this girl who bigger than me and stronger than me asked me to write her book report for her. I did and I remember it was on Robert Frost. I don't remember what happened after that. But what I will say is that I didn't really get into Frost then. But yesterday I finally found the poetry section. I know Frost is looked upon highly so I decided to check out a book of his work. I just opened it and I came across this poem. I feel like with the goings on in my life right now with me deciding what road I'll travel that this poem is trying to tell me something. No matter where I go it doesn't mean I'll change. I'll still be the same person.

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The poem I would like to share today is Democracy by Dorianne Leaux. I was thrown off at first because of the line length (I tend to respond better to short lines and I write those the most) but I quickly got into it. The poem describes how I feel sometime when I'm on the bus. For some reason the words "bus culture" keeps repeating in my head. I don't know what exactly what it means but I feel like I could picture the people on that bus on my own.

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I'll add the graphic in a bit. The story behind this is that I was looking for a poem about a brother. I have a weird type of relationship with my brother. Because of the age difference and circumstances where he took the position of father figure our relationship is not exactly equal. I crave my brother's affection but I also resent him

But the poem I'm about to post is about family-dysfunctional family. My family-the immediate one at least is dysfunctional to the max. I didn't realize it until recently. I grew up thinking this was normal. This was my life. I don't know anything else. I write a lot about dysfunctional families because that's what I know. I don't know what a functional family looks like but I hope to have it one day.

My Factless Autobiography by Alli Warren.

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I'm on a roll tonight it seems. The poem for this post is Getting Close by Victoria Redel.

I chose this poem because of my relationship with my mother. I love her and I dread the day she dies. But I also fear turning into her. When I started to grow hair on my neck I was like "Shit I'm turning into my mom." I have absorbed things she's told but I don't realize it until later. I had one of my more religious character say "Keep the faith." I tend to say this myself and it wasn't until she said it to me while I was expressing doubts that I realize that it came from her. For some reason I turn up my nose when people tell me I look like her. I love my mother but I also try to distance myself from her. I'm not exactly sure why but I do.

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The third poem I would like to share is never give all the heart by W.B. Yeats

This poem is sort of my view on romance and maybe in relationships in general but specifically romance. While I can be a romantic I tend to be sort of jaded. I always hold myself back somewhat in my romantic relationships. I don't want to give my whole self to the other person because I feel like that makes me vulnerable and I fucking hate being in that state. It makes me feel exposed and raw. I'd rather hide behind the mask of neutrality. You stop talking to me. I didn't need you anyway. You rejected me. You weren't worth my time. It's a defense mechanism.

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The second poem I'd like to share is sisters by Lucille Clifton.

I came across Mrs. Clifton a few months back. I can't remember exactly which poem it was that made me take interest but I liked her work. I bought one of her collections and I also checked out collected works. Her work touches something in me. This poem relates to my experience with my best friend, Ashleigh, who I refer to as my sister from another mister. Though we aren't blood related I truly feel like she is my sister. My twin half even. Ashleigh is the sister I wish I had and even if I'm never able to connect to my blood sister I still have her.

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1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?

I started to take responsibility for my own actions.

2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Hmm well somewhat. I did start to study seriously for the GED though I didn't take it this year. I started on my first novel.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Jessica and Briunka.

4. Did anyone close to you die?


5. What countries did you visit?

Haha bish please.

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?

More stability

7. What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory?

June something. I panicked when I thought I would have to have a hysterectomy.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I put myself out there and went outside my comfort zone.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Tripping out after I have my first panic attack in years.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Anemia. Mental health issues.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

My Jane Eyre necklace. The memoir from Merri Johnson.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

Conceited but mine haha. I'm really proud of myself for acting like have responsibility and not acting like I'm still 16.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

My parents

14. Where did most of your money go?

Shopping. Paying off loans and credit.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

I was extremely happy to know that my uterus is fine.

16. What song/album will always remind you of 2013?

Blurred Lines probably

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

1. Happier or sadder? Happier
2. Thinner or fatter? Thinner
3. Richer or poorer? Same situation. But I am trying to save more money.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

I wish I had gotten out more and taken more chances.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?


20. How will you be spending/did you spend Christmas?

I spent it with my family.

21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?


22. Did you fall in love in 2013?


23. How many one night stands in this last year?


24. What was your favourite TV programme?


25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

I really started to get annoyed with elitists.

26. What was the best book(s) you read?

Girl in need of a Tourniquet by Merri Johnson. It Happened One Midnight by Julie Anne Long. Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypas

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Hmmm I discovered a lot of music this year. But I have to say maybe witch house.

28. What did you want and get?

I got motivation which I desperately needed.

29. What did you want and not get?

Idk actually.

30. What were your favourite films of this year?

Argo though it came out last year.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

23. I just had some cake but it was fun.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

If I had gotten my diploma.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?

Black and White. Skinny pants.

34. What kept you sane?

Talking. Releasing the beast.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?


36. What political issue stirred you the most?

Equal rights

37. Who did you miss?

I missed my friends. All of them.

38. Who was the best new person you met?


39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.

Listen to your elders.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year?

Live while you're young.

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I forgot about this yesterday.

30 Day Blog Challenge

10 Songs you like right now

1. Partition by Beyonce. Driver roll up the partition plese!
2. Haunted by Beyonce.
3. Grow Up by Paramore
4. Ain't It Fun by Paramore
5. Affection by Crystal Castles
6. Black Out Days by Phantogram
7. You're Not the One by Sky Ferreia
8. Twisted by Keith Sweat
9. Nobody by Keith Sweat
10. Rock Me by One Direction

Your five senses right now.

I smell something my mom is cooking in the kitchen.

I can hear this reality special on E right now.

I can see the entry box as I write.

I can feel the plastic under my finger tips

I can still taste the tea I drank for breakfast.

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30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 3: Your favorite quote

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will, which I now exert to leave you.

The first part I have on my necklace. As soon as I saw that necklace I showed my BFF and she said that's you. It fits you. I think the quote really speaks to me. Freedom I've found tends to recur in my writings or agency if you will. I want to be free to be myself and do what I like. It's so important to me.

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Day 1

Dec. 16th, 2013 03:40 pm
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I'm in the mood for a meme. So I stole this one from Acausedusoleil

30 Day Blog Challenge

So shall we? Day 1 commence!


I'm Destiny sometimes Dee. I recently turned 23. I struggle with mental illness but I try not to let it get me down. Which is easier said than done. I'm a top class biblophile. I like music and the color purple. Cats please me.


This is my most recent photo. I recently did the big chop.

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Day 30

Feb. 12th, 2013 09:06 am
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Day 30: Best source of inspiration?

Inspiration? Hmm well that's a bit hard to answer. I get inspiration from all kinds of places, but I guess you could say for me that it is history and also personal life experiences. History constantly inspired my works like you wouldn't believe, so I think it is a major source of inspiration.

And that is it for the meme. It has been fun!

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