Fairytales With A French Twist: Cinderella And Co. Through A Glass Darkly (AmReading.com)

An English translation of 19th and 20th century French versions of your favorite stories, made “deliciously cruel” by the likes of Baudelaire and Apollinaire, hit bookstores earlier this month. Fairy Tales for the Disillusioned revealed another side to characters fondly remembered from childhood. From a masochistic Cinderella, horribly submissive to her stepsisters, to a Little Red…

Tuesday Tunes – Poetry Through Music, #37, 2016

[Inspired by Blueneck’s “Lilitu”:] The bird was dead, she was sure of that, cocks her head to the side (unconscious imitation of the corpse before her, when alive; neck now broken and wings askew). Remorse was not an animal sentiment, she knew, but wonders what had killed the little crow, bloodied its beak, its claw; hungered for…

10 Russian Literary Heroines Every Reader Should Know About (AmReading.com)

If you take a look at the English literary canon, you’re bound to find particular stand-out heroines therein: Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet or Brontë’s Jane Eyre, for example. Yet, in Russian literature heroines are cut from rather different cloth and, as opposed to the females in Western writing, these ladies very rarely achieve a “happy ending.”…

Tuesday Tunes – Poetry Through Music, #36, 2016

[Inspired by Ólafur Arnalds’ “Fyrsta”:] Fingers like tiny pale branches, outstretched and frozen in place, just so, ever reaching, movement only for a touch – thought she saw a painting once like this, image captured, ever on display in muted colours; memory crystalline on canvas. But what about the frame? Here, golden hair, static with cold…

10 Books By Polish Women Writers That Should Be Translated (AmReading.com)

If you’re a fan of foreign literature, there’s nothing more frustrating than having such a passion tempered by the inability to find translations of particular books. And when it comes to Polish books in translation, it’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack at bookstores and libraries, sending you off instead to the…

The Real Reason Jane Austen Never Married (AmReading.com)

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen is one of the most beloved writers in the English literary canon. Nonetheless, while her heroines may have found true love, Austen herself never did. British author and self-professed “Press Agent” for Austen, David Lassman recently asked just why it was that the writer died a…

Tuesday Tunes – Poetry Through Music, #35, 2016

[Inspired by Sóley’s “Blue Leaves”:] Scattered leaves, dead and dying, littered at her feet – numerous as the memories between them. A boot to step, to crunch upon the past: satisfying. Often they’d wandered here, this very path, fingers trailing blossoms, verdant leaves, then plucking berries from the bush (a dangerous task, skin bloodied with juice, with blood from thorns; though he’d suck them…