Giving away two great books this month! It is interesting how well these two books go together, especially considering I found them each within seconds of the other at the thrift store. The giveaway will run through October 15th, 2013.
“Karma and Other Stories” by Rishi Reddi is the first book, with such beautiful cover art. This book discusses the Indian American community, focusing on cultural tensions and other concerns… technically fiction ( a compilation of short stories ) but very much worthy of the giveaway as it brings to light important factors applicable to our own lives [ which is perfectly suited to the nature of the giveaways! ]. Fiction can be absolutely necessary, so my non-fiction preference for the giveaways was sort of diluted right away after finding this book.
“Celtic Women” by Peter Berresford Ellis is the second book, focusing on “Women in Celtic Society and Literature”. I wanted to quote this tidbit from Chapter 10 as I find it absolutely lovely that the author included a focus on ‘sex and poetry’ :
“It would not be right to produce a book on Celtic women without reference to the rich corpus of love poems and, indeed, erotic poetry which are written in the Celtic languages. In both Irish and Welsh, particularly, there was a great flourishing of courtly love poems in medieval times. By this time only vestiges of the former free sexual attitudes could be seen in this poetry, but those very vestiges were remarkable.”
Not a topic I typically discuss on the blog, but I feel that human sexuality can create tensions that deserves to be explored and discussed… there are, of course, tasteful and not-so-tasteful ways of doing so, but as the book reads… “Irish love poetry is remarkable for its range, its richness, and its freedom… and this is true of it in all its kinds. Epic or romantic, courtly lyric or country song — all these kinds of Irish verse give us a treatment of love which is notable not only for its passion and beauty but also for its realism and its honesty.”
HOW DO I ENTER?
1) Just leave a blog comment that includes a quote from a love poem that you’d like to share with us.
2) Winner will be announced next Wednesday, October 16th, 2013.
3) Have fun!
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