I’m way behind in getting this introductory post out because we’ve spent ages battling HTML code problems. Transferring material from sites seems to bring with it masses of random, stowaway code that changes font size, removes paragraph breaks, jams the text into narrow-spaced lines. It’s a nuisance. But anyhow, here we are at last, with a cracking fourth edition, full of more wonderful writing from the web.
First up is an inspirational poem from Tasting Rhubarb where you can find beautiful photography and elegant creative writing. The cool stillness of the poem was just what I wanted on a gloomy, foggy February day and I hope its serenity touches you, too.
Next is the first in a four-part post that explores childhood memories. Wheels on the Bus is a blog that mixes the everyday with the traumatic past as its author comes to terms with her experience of child abuse. I much admire the careful restraint, the humour and the sensitivity with which these toxic memories are recounted. Quality work.
To change the mood completely, the next post is from the most eloquent and insightful verbivore, whose site, Incurable Logophilia, has long been one of my favourite places to find truly excellent literary reviews. Helen of Troy is such an intriguing character, represented to us in so many literary and cinematic variations, but here we go back to the original Iliad, with a fantastic commentary on Homer’s most beautiful of women.
Fig Crumbs was probably my new discovery of the week. Professional sock pairer, Michael Crowe has one of the most catchy poetic voices I’ve come across of late. I was spoiled for choice as to which poem to crosspost here and I urge you to visit his site.
So Many Books is one of the sites I first found when I began blogging that really inspired me, and from those early blogging days, almost two years ago now, right up to the present, its quality has never faltered. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without a fix of Stefanie every day. Her series on Emerson’s writings has been a joy, eloquent, fascinating and always with a little fun. In the post I feature here, his relationship with the awkward and argumentative Carlyle is under analysis. Wonderful reading.
Anthropomorphic Motoring is the delightfully funny anecdote of what happens when you take a GPS system too seriously. Ombudsben’s site is the place where the everyday quirks and foibles of humanity get turned into bite-sized chunks of pure entertainment. Always keeping it more or less real, I visit this site for a taste of anecdotal ambrosia.
Returning to the genre of memoir, I loved the gentle, engaging reminiscences to be found at Quirk. The story bound together so well its elements of action and of reflection, of travel memoir and young man’s autobiography. I admired the smooth, easy voice of this writer.
And last but by no means least, the short story this edition comes from Beautiful Desolation, where you can find a wealth of quality fiction pieces. This bittersweet tale of covert family feuding at a funeral is sharply written, rich and insightful. A fantastic way of rounding off this edition of smart and talented writers.
I hope you enjoy all the work on display here. I have to let you know that I’ll be posting here once a month from now on – so sorry, just so much on for me at the moment that I can’t really commit to doing more than that. But with so many fantastic blogs already here for your exploration, I know you won’t be left wanting for something to read.