ON THIS DAY: October 21, 2019

October 21th is

Apple Day *

Babbling Day

Back to the Future Day *

Count Your Buttons Day

Celebration of the Mind Day *

Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

Reptile Awareness Day

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TCS: Under Any Shred of Sky – Kurdish Poetry

. .  Good Morning!

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Welcome to The Coffee Shop, just for you early risers on Monday mornings.
This is an Open Thread forum, so if you have an off-topic opinion burning
a hole in your brainpan, feel free to add a comment.

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“The poet is more than a poet in Kurdistan.” – Abdulla Pashew

” . . . it is morally wrong for one people to dispossess,
subjugate or exterminate another people.”    – Jared Diamond

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ON THIS DAY: October 20, 2019

October 20th is

All-American Rose Day

International Sloth Day *

Brandied Fruit Day

World Statistics Day *

World Osteoporosis Day

Youth Confidence Day

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ON THIS DAY: October 19, 2019

October 19th is

Donuts for Doughboys Day *

Evaluate Your Life Day

Seafood Bisque Day

LGBT Center Awareness Day *

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ON THIS DAY: October 18, 2019

October 18th is

Chocolate Cupcake Day

National No Beard Day

Hard-Boiled Detective Day *

World Menopause Day

International Necktie Day

Rocky Horror Picture Show Day *

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Word Cloud: EERIE

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD

What a lot of words we have in English for the things that give us that unsettling tingly feeling!

eer-ie – adjective
uncanny, sinister, ghostly, unnatural, unearthly, odd,
supernatural, otherworldly, strange, abnormal, weird, freakish, creepy, scary, spooky, freaky, frightening,
bone-chilling, spine-chilling, hair-raising, blood-curdling . . .
Middle English, originally of northern English-Scots origin, related to German arg

In the Northern Hemisphere, October is the month we need all these words. As the temperature cools, the nights grow longer, and misty halos wreathe streetlamps and porch lights, we find ourselves looking over our shoulders more often, and listening for sounds that seem just at the edge of our hearing. And all of that culminates in Halloween, all Hallows Eve, the ancient Celtic Samhain.

So I’ve assembled some poems to suit this Autumnal mood. Don’t be surprised if you start feeling like something is watching you – and waiting . . .

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Rae Armantrout (1947 – ) was born in Vallejo Valley CA, and has published eleven books of poetry so far. She has been teaching writing at the University of California, San Diego for a couple of decades. Armantrout was awarded the 2009 National Books Critics Award and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for her book Versed

Djinn

Haunted, they say, believing
the soft, shifty
dunes are made up
of false promises.

Many believe
whatever happens
is the other half
of a conversation.

Many whisper
white lies
to the dead.

“The boys are doing really well.”

Some think
nothing is so
until it has been witnessed.

They believe
the bits are iffy;

the forces that bind them,
absolute.


“Djinn” from Partly, © 2016 by Rae Armantrout – Wesleyan University Press

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ON THIS DAY: October 17, 2019

October 17th is

Black Poetry Day *

Mulligan Day *

National Pasta Day

Wear Something Gaudy Day *

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty *

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