*Notice*

Please note that Strawberries and Sonnets is continuing to undergo a process of design and content change over the festive period. In the meantime, please feel free to review past posts – quite a few of which will be removed by the New Year. And, of course, any who care to contribute/come on board, or…

*Update*

Hello all, You may have noticed a slight change taking place on this page since yesterday: please don’t be alarmed. Over the Christmas period I am aiming to alter the intentions of the blog (now under the name “Strawberries and Sonnets” instead of my own), wherein in addition to writing done by myself over various…

Are You An Echo? The Lost Poetry Of Misuzu Kaneko (AmReading.com)

“The flower shop man dreams of happiness for the flowers he sold.” The poems of Taisho era writer Misuzu Kaneko (née Teru, 1903-1930) have become the subject of a new children’s book. Are You An Echo? is the creation of author David Jacobson, together with co-translators Michiko Tsuboi and Sally Ito. It takes a look…

Tuesday Tunes – Poetry Through Music, #39, 2016

[Inspired by Aurora’s “Runaway”:] Forward now, don’t look back; keep heading to horizon – greener pastures yonder, no darkness… And yet – mind recalls now, tales told by wise old ladies, young savants too, of inescapable shadows of past, of then, being ever reborn to haunt humans, existence; trauma inherited and born afresh.  Again, again to torment……

9 Small Press Poetry Books You Should Read In December (AmReading.com)

For Small Press Distribution (“the nation’s only non-profit distributor”), indie bookstores are a lifeline. One of these in particular, Seattle’s Open Books, has been going for over 20 years, specializing in everything to do with poetry. Recently under new ownership, Open Books (a “500-square-foot shop brimming with more than 10,000 new, used, and out-of-print” books)…

Tuesday Tunes -Poetry Through Music, #38, 2016

[Inspired by Lilium’s “Sleep Inside”:] Mist of sleep first veil to fog cloaking all outside, glass clouded in condensation, breath of sleepers halted in escape. Two worlds collide, frozen. Then a yawn to wake, the pause broken and action returned as the globe spins on. Lives of many dance, unconscious of their syncopated rhythm; a dance…

10 Books That Changed The World For The Better (AmReading.com)

To celebrate UN International Tolerance Day this year, Bath Spa University compiled a list of the 10 most influential books ever published that “encouraged free thought and positive change in society.” Part of the University Library’s “Reads and Rights” campaign, the titles selected come from both the twentieth- and twenty-first-centuries, and cross stylistic divides and…