Oceans and Moons, Library Reprimand, Poetry Book Review

December 5, 2020

Oceans and moons have been appearing often for me recently. 

When I was looking for my next book to read, I decided to search the library website for another poetry book by an author I had never heard of before. I like surprises.

I typed “poetry” in subject, selected printed books, and then searched within the library’s collection from where I wanted to borrow. I didn’t see the cover beforehand when I chose this book that came up, “Blue Rose” by Carol Muske-Dukes (2018), same year I published my book although I wasn’t aware of that either. And then when I got it from the library I saw a nice surprise, a moon over the ocean.

Book Review

I wrote a short review of the book as I like to support other authors. Reviews make a difference to them (us). Carol if you ever see this, want to say I enjoyed your book.

Blue Rose is a clever, intricate, and diverse in subject, yet unified as a whole, poetry book of the recent years. Carol Muske-Dukes employs everyday word usage to tackle complex, often puzzling subject matter, including birth, scientific study, gun usage, mythology, and magic in a way that includes science and does not exclude mystery. If you like intricate word combinations with simple language and oddly intriguing sometimes unsettling, uneasily explained topics, I think you’d like the rewarding challenge of reading these poems.

Library Reprimand

A story to close this…

When I went to the library to pick up the book I read before this one, Collected Lyrics by Edna St. Vincent Millay, I walked in the front door and then continued on my way to the second door just a little down the small hallway, as I’ve always done. 

All of a sudden, as I am walking by alone, I hear this incredibly loud shout. 

I believe the exact words were, “Step back!” 

I stopped and walked back to see this woman sitting behind glass (I didn’t see her or expect her to be there).

I said, “Oh, I am sorry I didn’t see you. This is my first time back inside the library since the pandemic.” I was pretty stunned and impressed by the intensity of the shout, like it was clearly practiced and perfected. Also this woman looked like she was in her mid-eighties. 

She didn’t respond. I sanitized my hands there, and she holds out a piece of a paper and says glaring at me, “You have to fill out the form.” 

I reach my hand out about to take it as she’s holding it out but she doesn’t give it to me. She points down and says suddenly in a stern voice, “Take a pen.” 

I realized at this point I better follow these very specific directions or I might get arrested before I can get my poetry book, and I was looking forward to reading this one for awhile. 

I filled out the form and gave it back to her.  She says, “You have to check out before you leave.” 

I go inside and pick up the so very lovely book, Collected Lyrics by Edna St. Vincent Millay with a relieved feeling, reminding myself to return to the library security (?) before I leave with it, was glad I remembered to do that, and after I am done checking out and am walking out, she says, “Take care!” and now looks like a sweet, gentle grandmother. 😮

I decided to take a break from returning to that particular library, so I picked up Blue Rose from a different nearby library, which was much more laid back and had no library security guard. 

2 responses to “Oceans and Moons, Library Reprimand, Poetry Book Review”

  1. Oh my! I've always said it's the elderly ladies to watch out for. ;D Our library is still closed, we can only pick up books outside.I've seen Edna's name mentioned before though not Blue Rose. It sounds very creative, will definitely keep it in mind!


  2. Oh hi Marian! 🙂 I am so happy to see you here and read your comment. And yes, they can be surprisingly tough people!I hope even if your library is closed you’re still enjoying their books. It will be nice when they open again, definitely can be a place to miss.Creative is a good word to describe that book.:)


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