The Life of Kitty Storm d45 stars rounded upThis is the journal of a year in May Sarton s life 1972 3 when she was 58 Sarton is known as a poet and novelist but also as a writer of journals periodically and this is one of those These journals are very honest accounts of her life and cover relationships lesbianism her periods ofepression and melancholy solitariness hence the title emotions of all types and most especially nature My prior knowledge of May Sarton was limited and picked up on her via Aubrey and the 500 great books by women many thanks AubreyOne of the things I really enjoyed about the journal were her Aliens Bride Book descriptions of the natural world most especially of her garden and the flowers and creatures in it Flowers and their scent were clearly very important to Sarton The garden is growth and change and that means loss as well as constant new treasures to make up for a fewisasters A gray Therapy of Love day but strangely enough a grayay makes the bunches of Connecting in College daffodils in the house have a particular radiance a kind of white light From my bed this morning I could look through at a bunch in the big room in that old Dutch blue and whiterug jar and they glowed I went out before seven in my pajamas because it looked like rain and picked a sampler of twenty five Feminism and the Women's Movement Dynamics of Change in Social Movement Ideology and Activism Perspectives on Gender different varieties It was worth getting up early because the first thing I saw was a scarlet tanager a few feet away on a lilac bush stupendous sight There is no scarlet so vivid no black so black When I am alone the flowers are really seen I can pay attention to them They are felt as presences Without them I wouldie Why BWWM (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 2 (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 2: Billionaires Secret Baby (BWWM Interracial African American Romance Urban Baby Romance Short Stories) do I say that Partly because they change before my eyes They live andie in a few The Passport That Does Not Pass Ports days they keep me closely in touch with process with growth and also withying I am floated on their moments She also writes with great compassion about the wild creatures who inhabit her world and the stories about the feral cat who makes a home nearby are heart rendingSarton writes her prose as only a poet can and with great honesty and vulnerability and pulls no punches about her own faults and frailties her worries about her work and its reception and her love affairs She also periodically makes comments about current affairs like the The Arcav Princes Captive (Arcav Alien Invasion, death of De Gaulle and will thenrop in a sentence or two about meeting Virginia WoolfIt reads very easily Southern Women at the Seven Sister Colleges Feminist Values and Social Activism 1875 1915 despite feeling fragmented at times Sarton is engaging and thoughtful It was a real pleasure to read Sarton s writing amazes me It s not everyone who can say Hey I m going to shut myself in a house for a really long time and write about watering my plants and myepression and it s going to be really beautiful and interesting But Sarton makes it happen The elouence and introspection that makes up this book is absolutely fascinating 199 Kindle SpecialMay Sarton was born in Belgium her family moved to Boston Massachusetts as WWI approached She began writing poetry at age twelve she also wrote novels and later in life a children s book When she started this journal which was written over the period of A Year She Was Battling year she was battling and examing ifferent relationships her life This book won t be for everyone although I savored every word you enjoy solitude nature flowers and eep insight I encourage you to read it I will Agricultural Innovation in the Early Islamic World definitely read it again because it is cathartic On a personal note I began journaling in 2001 because I needed an outlet for all I was feeling after the terroist attacks I also write poetry which began in 1998 after my Dadied unexpectedly Writing for me is great therapy I enjoy times of solitude to get centered Does anything in nature DYA (1933-1939) (Libros sobre el Opus Dei) despair except man September 15th I feel inadeuate I have made an open place a place for meditation What if I cannot find myself inside itFor a long time now every meeting with another human being has been a collision I feel too much sense too much am exhausted by the reverberations after even the simplest conversation But theeep collision is and has been with my unregenerate tormenting and tormented self I have writ May Sarton 1912 1995 was a lesbian writer Born in Belgium her family escaped to England when Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in was a lesbian writer Born in Belgium her family escaped to England when Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in the incident that triggered the First World War One year later her family moved again this time to Boston In 1945 she met her partner for 13 years Judy Matlack She wrote many poetry novels and non fiction books but she was most known for her memoirs This book Journal of a Solitude is said to be her bestThis memoir includes almost Big Book of AA All 12 Steps Understand and Complete One Step At A Time in Recovery with Alcoholics Anonymous 12 of 12 Books daily entries of her life for the span of one year 1972 1973 The title is about her preference to be alone when she writes poetry the literature form she likes best I am still to see a poetry book by her but I have a feeling that most of her poems are sad because this book is also sad Don t get me wrong though she is not a hermit living alone in a cabin in the middle of the woods In the book she mentioned about her visitors too like my favorite Virginia Woolf also a lesbian and other writers whose names juston t ring a bell In fact I New Writing, New Approaches (African Literature Today, Vol. 12) did not know anything about May Sarton until this book Thanks to the 501 Must Read Books for recommending this to meSarton was 60 when she wrote this book It was just two years after her partner for 13 yearsied So naturally she was still grieving However she Culture and Development in Africa (Comparative Studies in African/Caribbean Literature Series) did not mention her grief in the bookenial trying to forget Rather she made herself busy The Alien Huntress Series Alien Huntress doing the household chores tend to her garden teaching at the university and meeting with her friends Superficially everything seems to be ordinary except that when you read her journals you know that she is stilleeply hurt inside Then since she was a good poet based on what I read in her journals her words were lyrical and he. I am here alone for the first time in weeks May Sarton begins this book to take up my 'real' life again at last That is what is strange that friends even passionate loveare not my real life unless there is time alon.
It in Massachusetts Dillard found it in Virginia May Sarton found it in New Hampshire Solitude Whatever peace I know rests in the natural world in feeling myself a part of it Her prose is the embodiment of solitude slow paced thought provokingHow can what seems like nonsensical talk be so transformative Clever contemplation helps This is prose you savor otherwise you miss something within the sentences At times it is like reading poetry see the words Activism and the American Novel digest them allow them to infect you with their poison Read this book while you re alone and you feel the aloneness you smell the flowers sense the pain Read it around noise and the book not the noise is irritating For the book is silent slow moving so perceptive that it taunts your noisy environment In this house the light has always been a presence right now in a brilliant blue green band on the sofa in the cozy room A half hour ago it spotlit a pot of yellow chrysanthemums in there I look out at trees leafless now except for one maple where high up against the blue there is still branch after branch of translucent warm gold The leaves siftown one by one like notes in music This is the light we have been Agriculture at a Glance Revised Edition deprived of this ueer autumn of tropical rains and gray skies and it is good to have a taste of it Light sun flowers a leafless tree Leaves resembling musical notes as they fall Howoes she A Love No Less Two Centuries of African American Love Letters do this savoring the moment with the solitude s eye so that I the reader am forced too the same For starters it is all jotted own in journal form as it occurs This is effective which is why I find myself irritated when I try to read it in anyplace else but silence She is on a pilgrimage inward This is really what this book is about This pilgrimage inward The act of letting go of oneself in order to find one s self It is the contemplation of a tortured soul The self exploration of mind body and spirit Virginia Woolf is called upon a few times in this narrative of part feminine iscourse she was one of Sarton s writing idols Scary when you think of it because we know how it all ended for Woolf and Sarton The Arcav Kings Mate (Arcav Alien Invasion discusses clinicalepression at great length in this book Nonetheless introspection coupled with observation The Billionaires Arranged Baby 3 dazzles An island of tall fir and spruce of many colored soft mosses blueberry patches and a long open meadow that rollsown to a salt water pool We come here to a timeless world steeped in tradition where for a week or so we are sheltered by the safety and comfort of the Victorian era when the many roomed shingled ark of a house was built by Anne s father in the 1890 s We come back to all the familiar joys sitting on our balcony to watch the silent sails glide past up the Sound and the ever changing clouds and light and shadow on the water and on the hills gathering mussels or blueberries for supper making bunches of wildflowers finding tiny trees and cushions of moss for Japanese gardens to be created when we are home again going to bed with a candle up the great staircase there is no electricity sinking into our twin beds and talking for hours side by side before we fall asleep She blasts me with lyricism like this and it oesn t matter that I m a thirty something and she is a fifty something because when she plays I am singing her song It oes matter that I too have experienced this solitude that she speaks of intentional moments of introspection and seclusion in the teeny town I ve called my temporary home I read the teeny town I ve called my temporary home I read I know that it is necessary to reuire solitude at I know that it is necessary to reuire solitude at age just as it is necessary for Sarton to still ponder seek and wander at her age I only wish that the seeking could have had some resolution But really Alien does it need to or am I leaning on her story for my own trajectory Maybe it is as she says we write toward what we will become from where we are One must believe that privateilemmas are if 10 Essential Survivor Secrets to Liberate Yourself from Narcissistic Abuse deeply examined universal and so if expressed have a human value beyond the private and one must also believe in the vehicle for expressing them in the talent The author s fixation on flowers and fluffy critters coupled with her intenseepressive streak results in a journal that often reads like Mary Engelbreit having a bad Lights, Camera, Action (Paranormal Talent Agency Book 1) day A really baday Never having been much for nature poetry nature s pretty nature s nice I ve just never felt the urge to rhapsodize it and I can t get behind poets who Becoming a Church that Cares Well for the Abused do I found itifficult to relate This was The Nonlinear Workbook: Chaos, Fractals, Celluar Automata, Neural Networks, Genetic Algorithms, Gene Expression Programming, Support Vector Machine, Wavelets, Hidden Markov M disappointing as Io identify with much of what she talks about here the lovehate relationship with solitude For a long time now every meeting with another human being has been a collision I feel too much sense too much am exhausted by the reverberations after even the simplest conversation But the Coming Out of Communism deep collision is and has been with my unregenerate tormenting and tormented self she writes and mano I hear her on that her struggles with rage and her need to uestion and examine her experiences Overall though it hit something of a flat note for me again possibly because the setting and motifs she chooses for her thematic preoccupations aren t really my bag But the woman gets mad props for being in her late fifties at the time she wrote this and announcing that she still Ways of Knowing About Birth doesn t have it figured out still finds peace and calm elusive With the main goal of adult life seeming to be that of being okay or at least preserving this appearance at all costs I have a lot of respect for her refusal too this Sarton writes brave honest prose laced with beautiful tender moments with people and animals including sheeps While I HeroAca didn t have theeep soul connection with this book that I wanted and expected to have it s an inspiring study in one intensely sensitive person s efforts to brave worlds outer and inner and chronicle her experience. To be alone is balanced against my fear of what will happen when suddenly I enter the huge empty silence if I cannot find support thereIn this book we are closer to the marrow than ever before in May Sarton's writin.