April Showers bring May Flowers…and Spring Reading Recommendations

Today is the first day of May, and, as we all know, April showers bring May flowers. The time has come again for us to marvel as the earth awakens from its winter slumber. Something you may not know is that along with May comes Spring book recommendations from BookThug! If catching up on your reading while sitting under the shade of a tree is on your to-do list this spring, then here are seven books you will want to check out.

Flowers of Spit
by Catherine Mavrikakis

“I open and close the poor hungry flash of flowering health. I plant orchids in bruised organs and wait for them to grow, I wait for them to grow. There are of course losses. The rootless dead, for whom the graft doesn’t take or who can’t get used to the fatty soil. I shed a few tears, I have a good cry. I tell myself that’s the way it is. No glee. We stagnate anyway, on the earth or beneath the earth, and even in grey ash scattered to the wind.”

 

Now Lays the Sunshine By
by Andrew Hughes

“child of afternoon flowers
whispered equipment
of all possible hearts
eventually to understand the May design
in movement cotton deep
each confederate longplayer wreathed
butterflies before allocution”

 

 

 

Charm
by Christine McNair

“The lawn long and yellow, burnt at the ridge. The lawn long and green, sprinkler infested. Perfect quarter inch blades. There’s a guy.
Satellite swans. I have no TV at home. Yet.
I cloister. I haven. Weep. Sleep in the basement, under earth, cold.”
The Rose Concordance
by Angela Carr
“I fractured an urban garden on the film’s fringes
now there are American hedges vainly bordering
I heave music, its whole beautiful category, vainly
Through the film
Several twigs snap off the hedge
Picaresque music saddens vanity
Strangely enough vanity weeps in the fountain
Do you think the fountain wept?”

 

The Rose Concordance

by Angela Carr

“I fractured an urban garden on the film’s fringes
now there are American hedges vainly bordering
I heave music, its whole beautiful category, vainly
Through the film
Several twigs snap off the hedge
Picaresque music saddens vanity
Strangely enough vanity weeps in the fountain
Do you think the fountain wept?”

 

 

 

Light Light
by Julie Joosten

“a. Wrestly from field a skin of sun.
b. pollen lined lines lining you.
c. undoubt the weather.
d. Grow sky from seed and eat it.
e. Nothing retaliates
f. Beekeepers burn empty hives in the street.”

 

 

 

 

 

Crystal Flowers
by Florine Stettheimer, Edited by Irene Gammel and Suzanne Zelazo

“I just woke up
Spring must have come
Birds are twittering
The way they would
When little green things
Come out of the ground
And little red things
Bud out of the trees
And little yellow things
Blossom out of shrubs
There’s titivating
There’s titillating
Spring’s all aflitter
Spring’s all atwitter.”

 

 

 

 

One Hundred Days of Rain
by Carellin Brooks

“Rain again, spring rain, starting last night as wet slashes to the face, irregular, erratic. She catches one full in the lips as she walks, a promissory note. More to come.”

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