PES Friday: This Week’s Recommended Reads – 5/18/2018

Life wasn’t ready to let me off the hook yet. C’mon, two sinus infections in as many months!? I’m beginning to think someone’s having fun with me, like those Greek gods in Clash of the Titans. Still, managed to get some readin’ and ritin’ in.

Poem

To a Skylark by Percy Bysshe Shelley

We look before and after,
And pine for what is not:
Our sincerest laughter
With some pain is fraught;
Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.
Yet if we could scorn
Hate, and pride, and fear;
If we were things born
Not to shed a tear,
I know not how thy joy we ever should come near.

Romantic poetry at its best!

Essay

A Place of Their Own by Clint Smith in National Geographic (April 2018)

Historically black colleges and universities may not be perceived as diverse because the majority of students are part of the African diaspora, but the campuses abound with students of different social backgrounds, contrasting political dispositions, and varying notions of what progress and activism look like.

This was an interesting snapshot of the current environment at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). As always, NatGeo knocks it out of the park with the photography.

Short Story

Hard Times by Ron Rash in Something Rich and Strange: Selected Stories 

I’d never heard of Ron Rash, but he’s pretty popular in some circles. I picked this collection up on a whim from the bargain section at Barnes and Noble. Apparently, most (if not all) of his stories take place in the shadows of Appalachia. This particular tale occurs during the Great Depression and was wonderfully told. Every morning, a poor farmer finds some of his eggs completely sucked out. As we get down to the bottom of things, the character portrayals are masterful and something to learn from.

Happy Friday!

-Phillip

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