Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

April 16, 2022
by jenniferpuryear

Because The Mower Did Not Come

Because the mower did not come the wild things grew and sang wild songs and the tulips remembered the melodies. A grandmother’s bluebells (long since forgotten) woke up, looked around, told some jokes because the mower did not come. Because the mower did not come the field balm threw a party and invited everyone even the outliers and introverts. Tulip and wild thing, bluebell and field …

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March 19, 2022
by jenniferpuryear

“Talking to Grief”

I’m a slow learner. Or another word: stubborn. Pain is a patient teacher. I love the way Denise Levertov imagines a gentle conversation with grief… Talking to Grief By Denise Levertov Ah, grief, I should not treat you like a homeless dog who comes to the back door for a crust, for a meatless bone. I should trust you. I should coax you into the …

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March 31, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

Halfinated and It Feels So Good

“All is swell here, I’m halfinated,” my friend Don texted last week – and I think he’s come up with the cleverest word I’ve heard in a long time. They’re giving out shots like candy in Georgia where my daughters live. Both girls – in their 20s – are now halfinated. As are more and more people I know. My friend Carrington came over a …

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