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January 11, 2010

A recent bookish intersection

“It is past midnight. One of the joys of marriage, thinks Roger, is this late night dissection of events in the privacy of bed, and the glorious intimacy, when the rest of the world is locked out and only you and she exist.”

–from Penelope Lively’s novel Family Album
all day

i wait all day
for these ten minutes
awake in our bed,
your minted breath,
lick of dark
across my eyelids,
and the little clicks
your glasses make
as they’re folded
and set on the nightstand

— from Kerry Ryan’s collection The Sleeping Life

3 thoughts on “A recent bookish intersection”

  1. kerry says:

    Hey Kerry,

    I'm totally tickled to be pickled! Great job with the blog — it's such a pleasure to read (which would probably have sounded more genuine if I'd mentioned it BEFORE I came across my name here — but is heartfelt nonetheless).

    The Other Kerry (Ryan)

  2. Melwyk says:

    What a great intersection of literary thoughts! It is funny, I have that exact excerpt from Family Album copied into my commonplace book — now I'll have to look up Kerry Ryan's work as well, it sounds wonderful.

  3. Kerry says:

    Finished The Sleeping Life this morning– a wonderful collection. Well done, Kerry (Ryan, of course. For writing it. Not to me for reading it. Which really was no trouble).

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