Armchair BEA Day 1: Introductions & Literature

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Hey guys! Welcome to the first day of Armchair BEA! BEA (Book Expo America) is a huge event featuring books, authors, agents, publishers and is basically a Bacchanalia for booklovers. Alas, it is in NYC and I’m on the West Coast so I will not be in attendance. But fear not! Because the lovely people at Armchair BEA have a great week planned for those of us who won’t be at the convention, and I’m participating!

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Day 1 is introductions, so here goes:

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m Rain, (my real name is Julia, but Rain is my middle name and pen name so I go by it online) and I’m a YA fantasy author (seeking publication) and poet (publishing in the fall). I’m 27 but I don’t believe it, in my head I’m still a teenager, I’m happily married and have four adorable feline children. I live in Northern California. I’ve been blogging for about 8 months now. I discovered book blogging quite by accident and have been hooked ever since. I spent about a year lurking before I took the plunge and started my own blog. It just looked like so much fun! And I love to spread the word about great books.

Q: Describe your blog in just one sentence and link your social media accounts:

Reviews, promotion and fangirling of mostly YA books, plus discussions, events and updates on my own journey to publication, from a quirky Norcal book nerd.

Find me elsewhere on the web:

Twitter * Facebook

Q:  What was your favorite book read last year? What’s your favorite book so far this year? 

Last Year:

Read my review.

This Year:

Read my review.

Q:  Share your favorite book or reading related quote. 

“How can it be?” she wondered. “I suppose I could understand it if men had simply forgotten unicorns. But not to see them at all, to look at them and see something else — what do they look to one another, then? What do trees look like to them, or houses, or real horses, or their own children?”

― Peter S. BeagleThe Last Unicorn

It’s my favorite book of all time and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Q: What book would you love to see turned into a movie?

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Literature

Today’s discussion post is on the subject of literature. When I think of literature, I generally imagine the classics: Wuthering Heights, Dracula, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Last Unicorn (if it isn’t yet considered a classic it should be), and consequently some of my favorite books.

I also think of poetry. Poetry used to be a big deal, but nowadays is generally considered not enough of a commercial success. Despite the fact that poetry is still widely read, as well as written. Check out the literature community on deviantART if you don’t believe me.

Some of my favorite classic poets are Edgar Allan Poe, William Blake, and especially W.B. Yeats.

But there are also some amazing modern poets out there. Before I took up blogging, I spent a lot of time immersed in the Literature Community of deviantART.com, where I discovered a multiple of fabulous poetry. The upside of poetry being considered not commercially successful is that you can find lots of it for free online. So for today’s post I’m going to treat you to some of the best I’ve found.

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Delirium Sings A Song For Me by AzizrianDaoxRak

Yesterday I was a little girl
with blueberry stains on my fingers.

But today—I am
simply mad,
a Baba Yaga in the woods,
standing tall on knobbly chicken legs,
making stews of children’s hearts.
Beware the magic-weavers in the dark….(read more)

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once. by Avallynh

the world was wider, once: strewn bright
and willing to a fingertip’s beckoning, riddled
with roads that spilled in breathless wanders
to otherlands of reverie. i remember…(read more)

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the day we died by greenleo94

It started when space imploded
you pulled me back, landed me on the moon,
so we could sit in the vacuum silence
and watch suns spiral down to hell…(read more)

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Coppersmith by Vigilo

I caught a sun gold.

Trembling old in my cupped palm, quiet copper,
as my rage on our queen, for so crippling me…(read more) 

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A woman is missing by OritPetra

A woman is missing. 
My sweater is knit too loose and the wind blows through.
The leaves are done changing and are waiting to fall. 
I think of them collaged against my morning-damp windshield; 
they will mostly be red. My wipers will push them off; 
I will forget about them. But inbetween these thoughts
my brain hums. A woman is missing and I cannot forget…(read more)

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Of tress by QuiEstInLiteris

Deep ghost-groves of freckled aspen
burn white beneath the winter sun,
whisper hoary adulation,
canticles for the Holy One.
And in the trees, the spirits dance
betwixt the motes of starry snow
illuminated by the lance
of lightning flash and candle glow…(read more)

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6.7461 by WH1T3-No153

17 miles from the 
town I grew up in, 
there was a river, and a 
bridge
a hundred heart-jumps above it:

too-many-thousand 
footsteps long, 
with a walkway to the side that 
didn’t feel wide enough…(read more)

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Orpheus by williamszm

Darkness encompassed me; high-vaulting fire
Leapt and burnt the vision from my gaze
But though I could not see, I strummed my lyre
Until the music swept away the haze…(read more)

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perpetual december by Vlavisfaults

would you give me your december? 
i am holding out my frail plywood wrists 
and begging you for something 
too heavy for either of us to hold…(read more)

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I hope you enjoyed the feature and will delve further into these poets’ galleries!

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Thanks so much for reading and please feel free to comment!

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About Rain Jeys

Young Adult Fantasy Author. Book Reviewer. Lover of kitties. View all posts by Rain Jeys

26 responses to “Armchair BEA Day 1: Introductions & Literature

  • laurelrainsnow

    Nice to meet you, Rain…I usually see your blog during your Grabby Paws event. Thanks for sharing…

    Here’s my ARMCHAIR BEA POST

  • Emily @ Oh Magic Hour

    I love that you chose to feature poetry on your post today! My brother is a published poet as well and I totally feel you on how under-appreciated it can sometimes be!

    I don’t know what my mental block was with House of Hades – I just couldn’t get through it even though I loved all the previous ones. I think it was partially library due date pressure, but I’ll be picking it back up again ASAP!

    • Rain Jeys

      That’s awesome! I think a lot of individual people appreciate poetry, just not so many of the people in charge of publishing it.

      Library due dates are rough. I definitely recommend picking it up again, especially with the finale coming in October.

  • joyweesemoll

    Welcome to Armchair BEA and book blogging, Rain! Great idea to share your favorite on-line poems. Beautiful!

  • BookerTalk

    Hell Rain. Do you have a favourite Blake poem? Mine is the Chimney Sweeper

  • msyingling

    Was I still writing poetry at 27? Maybe not! It’s fun to see how many bloggers there are in their 20s– for a while I thought it was the escape of older people and that younger people used Twitter and Instagram. Hope you have fun with Armchair BEA!

    • Rain Jeys

      I don’t think I’ll ever stop writing poetry. I “think” in poetry. It’s just how my mind works. I’m melodramatic that way. 🙂

      Book blogging especially seems to be big among 20-somethings. Maybe we miss the book discussions we had with friends and in class during high school? I’m not sure. I just like to promote the books I love.

      Thanks for your comment!

  • Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    The Last Unicorn! Somehow I missed reading it growing up, but I’ve been meaning to finally get to it – thank you for the reminder!

    I didn’t do the Literature question on my BEA post today, but I agree with you – when I think of Literature it is mostly the classics. Something well-written and that has stood the test of time because Literature is the height of fiction.

    I love poetry as well, though I don’t generally read it – I usually get into it be seeing a quote or passage somewhere and needing to read the whole things. So I’m glad you included a few passages in this post!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!

    • Rain Jeys

      It is SO good! Definitely worth at least trying out. 🙂

      I do think an appreciation for the classics is a good thing, even if you only read a handful. Not everyone will connect with every book, but they’re classics for a reason, you know? Same with poetry – sometimes you read a verse that just speaks to you, and it’s a beautiful thing.

      You’re so welcome! I wanted to subscribe by email but couldn’t figure it out so I went with Bloglovin.

      Thanks for checking out my post. 🙂

  • Lianne @ caffeinatedlife.net

    Great intro & post! Classic lit and literary lit both come to mind initially when thinking about literature…Oh, and your intro reminds me that I still have to read The Mark of Athena and The House of Hades–my brother has it but I haven’t gotten around to borrowing them, lol.

    Day 1 on my blog

  • Makaela

    I’ve never really been into poetry, but I love Robert Frost. I used to sit and thumb through all of his poems when I was younger. Now, I’ve been starting to read it again, mostly Tennyson and Irish folklore. Have fun this week!

  • Tammy Sparks

    Hi Rain, thanks for visiting my blog! I didn’t even know that deviantart had a literature side to it. Thanks for introducing me to some awesome poets. Although I don’t read much poetry, I do love it, and it’s something I’d like to find more time to enjoy. And I agree, A Great and Terrible Beauty would make a fantastic movie!

    • Rain Jeys

      A lot of people don’t know! I made an account initially just to collect pretty artwork. It took me a couple weeks to realize there was a lit community.

      Happy you think so. 🙂

  • Casual Readers (@casualreaders)

    My teen has been trying to get me to read Riordan for years! I need to make time for those… sooner rather than later.

  • Alyssa Susanna (The Eater of Books!)

    And to think I turned down opportunities to review Daughter of Chaos. Granted, I had a ton of books to read and review at the time. Still do. But ahhh!

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  • MR Graham

    Hey, look at all that spiffy poetry! ❤ Thanks for mentioning mine, love.
    It was interesting to read a bit more about you, too. 🙂

  • fredamans

    Great little bits of prose! Nice to meet you!

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