In Robin’s Egg Blue

The Carter Library Poetry Shelf

I received a prize from Lizi in today’s mail — a poetry collection by Caroline Kennedy titled SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY.  Check out the photo to your left: there it is at the end, in robin’s egg blue, alongside Lizi’s sweet note, ready to take it’s place on my poetry shelf.  But not until I’ve had a chance to read through it.  I have a feeling this prize will be on my bedside table (and on the dry corner of the bathtub) for the next couple of weeks.

I also wanted to share this link from Lyra.  It’s a short interview (just a few questions) with Meghan O’Rourke about her book THE LONG GOODBYE, which I just ordered thanks to Lyra‘s reminder.  Ever since I read an excerpt in The New Yorker — it’s a mother/daughter story — I’ve been wanting to read the whole book, but even more than that I want to study how she’s structured the narrative, to pick apart how she moves back and forth in time, to get a feel for the ebb and flow, etc….

Speaking of mothers and daughters, my daughter called me last night on her way to the east coast on business.  My little blondie, all grown up and traveling (alone!) for work.  This is still hard to get used to.  After we hung up, she texted me saying This is kind of a neat perspective, with this quote from Margaret Atwood’s THE BLIND ASSASSIN:  “What fabrications they are, mothers.  Scarecrows, wax dolls for us to stick pins into, crude diagrams.  We deny them an existence of their own, we make them up to suit ourselves — our own hungers, our own wishes, our own deficiencies.” 

All grown up, way out of the nest (said this proud mama).

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18 thoughts on “In Robin’s Egg Blue

  1. lizisilver

    So glad you got the book, Teri. It belongs there in your hands, and later on that gorgeous wooden poetry shelf of yours where I know it will be loved and opened again and again.

    I love that “internet life” has metamorphosed into “in real life”.

    In a few days I hope to have something for you to text back to your all grown up daughter: more on motherhood from the incomparable Atwood. She is turning up everywhere for me these days..

    1. Teri Post author

      Self-promotion? I don’t have any idea what in the world you’re talking about, sister. Ahhhh, Atwood …. what would it be like to write prose like that?

  2. amyg

    i just started reading my father today while waiting for my oil to be changed. can’t wait til saturday. i’m researching places to meet tonight and will email you tomorrow.

    congrats on your daughter’s career. it’s an accomplishment for both of you!

  3. Sherry Stanfa-Stanley

    I LOVE the quote your daughter sent you. How wonderful that she apparently shares your love of reading! I envy that.

    And you all have me now heading to the library for some Margaret Atwood…

    1. Teri Post author

      There’s definitely some Atwood fever about. One of my old misogynist professors used to call her “that witchy woman” — which just makes me adore her all the more.

      1. lizisilver

        The cutting remark becomes a compliment coming from that man.

        (Teri, so sorry my comments lately seem to reek of blatant self-promotion. Yuck. I swear it was not intentional, just excited to share in the Atwood adoration).

  4. Teri Post author

    Mothers. A fabrication we make up, to suit ourselves. Now that requires a lot of mulling.

  5. Lyra

    I can’t imagine getting that quote from my daughter…it scares me to think of her all grown up.

    My daughter’s latest quote shared via her mother at her school program, “My whole freakshow of a family on wheels”. This was said when she realized all four of her parents and many of her grandparents would be able to make the program.

    Of course, I thought perhaps we should make t-shirts, to which her stepdad responded, “No. Trucker Hats.”

    Bring on the freakshow.

    1. Teri Post author

      LOL Lyra. I’ll go out on a limb and say, “you never know.” But get the truckers hats anyway! Ha!!!

      1. Lyra

        I know! As if there are many freakshow families but we differentiate ourselves because we’re mobile. Still makes me laugh.

        She may underestimate her stepmom though. As soon as the trucker hat idea hit the ground, I had visions of the Partridge family bus…

  6. MacDougal Street Baby

    What a wonderful gift! That Lizi sure knows how to warm the cockles of one’s heart.

    I love that quote, almost as much as I love that your daughter sent it to you. The image of my mother as a doll that I push pins into is perfect. Sometimes I get what a shitty daughter I was and I want to crawl under a rock and live with the pillar bugs.

  7. Downith

    I think we need a separate blog where we just post what we’re reading -so I can keep track of all these great books! And I love the Margaret Atwood quote.

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