ATBE LIT PICK of the Month

 

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Join us here for ATBE’s monthly recommendation of a poem, short story, novel or play selected from a broad spectrum of literary styles, genres and periods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 2016

DO NOT GO GENTLE INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT ~ by Dylan Thomas

Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night is a ‘villanelle’ that Thomas wrote for his own dying father. His ability to convey such poignancy and precision within the rigorous confines of this poetic form distinguishes him as a brilliant craftsman. The delicacy, and yet, intensity, that the poem imparts speaks, with irony, to the pure passion of an artist, who by his very nature, must have raged against the dying of his own brief light.

Read the poem: DO NOT GO GENTLE INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT

February 2016

MISS BRILL ~ by Katherine Mansfield
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Miss Brill is Mansfield’s deeply sensitive portrait of the experience of alienation so often suffered by those who live in isolation. With impeccable imagery and masterful manipulation of perspective, the author invites us to accompany her protagonist for a typical Sunday afternoon in the park, and to plunge deep with her into the fantasy world she fabricates as a means of coping with the reality of being incurably lost in the crowd. It is an unforgettable depiction that surprises with fresh insights on each new reading.
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Read the story: MISS BRILL
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March 2016
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LEAF BY NIGGLE  ~ by J.R.R.Tolkien
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Leaf by Niggle is a short allegory in which Tolkien explores the workings of his own creative process through the trials and tribulations of his protagonist ‘Niggle’. The same philosophy regarding creation and sub-creation that is inherent in so many of his other works serves as fundamental to this highly original piece: creation being the exclusive province of God, and the sub-creations of mortals mere imitations in his honour. Even though Tolkien was reluctant to wax overtly religious, Niggle’s experience is clearly a deliberate journey through the stages of life, death, purgatory and paradise.
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Read the story: LEAF BY NIGGLE
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April 2016 
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MARIANA  ~  by Alfred Lord Tennyson
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Alfred Lord Tennyson composed this haunting lyrical ballad in the early nineteenth century on the cusp between the Romantic and Victorian Periods. As such, it is as reflective of one as it is prescriptive for the other. Poetic works like ‘Mariana’ derive their subject matter from traditional sources, marrying elements of setting with themes of female suppression and confinement in such a way as to provide lasting inspiration for the school of Gothic narrative that would surface in their wake.
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Read the poem: MARIANA
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June 2016
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WE HAVE TO SIT OPPOSITE ~ by Ethel Wilson
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There is some dispute in the interpretation of this wry tale by Canadian author Ethel Wilson. Some read it as a studied allegory for the sociopolitical climate during World War II; others read it simply as a retelling of personal experience. An amusing and thought-provoking read, either way, especially in light of current affairs.
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Read the story: WE HAVE TO SIT OPPOSITE

 

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