Warming Her Pearls | Carol Ann Duffy

24 September 2016 11:22
[personal profile] wakinghour posting in [community profile] poetry
Next to my own skin, her pearls. My mistress
bids me wear them, warm them until evening
when I’ll brush her hair. At six, I place them
round her cool, white throat. All day I think of her,

resting in the Yellow room, contemplating silk
or tafetta, which gown tonight? She fans herself
whilst I work willingly, my slow heat entering
each pearl. Slack on my neck, her rope.

She’s beautiful. I dream about her
in my attic bed; picture her dancing
with tall men, puzzled by my faint, persistent scent
beneath her French perfume, her milky stones.

I dust her shoulders with a rabbit’s foot,
watch the soft blush seep through her skin
like an indolent sigh. In her looking-glass
my red lips part as though I want to speak.

Full moon. Her carriage brings her home. I see
her every movement in my head… Undressing,
taking off her jewels, her slim hand reaching
for the case, slipping naked into bed, the way

she always does… And I like here awake,
knowing the pearls are cooling even now
in the room where my mistress sleeps. All night
I feel their absence and I burn.

Showing the Birds | Mary Oliver

24 September 2016 11:20
[personal profile] wakinghour posting in [community profile] poetry
Look, children, here is the shy,
flightless dodo; the many-colored
pigeon named the passenger, the
great auk, the Eskimo curlew, the
woodpecker called the Lord God Bird,
the . . .
Come children, hurry--there are so many
more wonderful things to show you in
the museum's dark drawers.

Cheaty Dog! by MisterLIAR (SFW)

22 September 2016 16:13
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[personal profile] dancing_serpent posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Kingsman: The Secret Service
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Eggsy, Harry & JB
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital drawing
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] MisterLIAR

Why this piece is awesome: This is a nice meet-cute AU 101 Dalmatians style. Love it!

Link: Cheaty Dog! by MisterLIAR
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[personal profile] mific posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: American Gods
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Shadow, Wednesday
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a 
Artist Website/Gallery: On DA
Why this piece is awesome: a nicely dramatic work with great use of light and dark, and contrasting colours. I think the figures might be slightly influenced by the movie's casting, but that may be my imagination - I prefer a more native American-looking Shadow, but I still like the overall effect here. Love the typical small town America background. 
Link: Artwork is here

Think About | Barbara Angell

18 September 2016 18:11
[personal profile] wakinghour posting in [community profile] poetry
All those people you don't even know,
everybody, each one
a center of the universe,
all those skins.

Walking through a city at night
you see a light in a window,
a curtain flutters, a couple
making love, thinking
we're the first in the world,

or someone looking out on the street
humming a tune maybe, saying
I'm alone, the constellations
going around me,
I'm alone.

Love Sorrow | Mary Oliver

18 September 2016 18:03
[personal profile] wakinghour posting in [community profile] poetry
Love sorrow. She is yours now, and you must
take care of what has been
given. Brush her hair, help her
into her little coat, hold her hand,
especially when crossing a street. For, think,

what if you should lose her? Then you would be
sorrow yourself; her drawn face, her sleeplessness
would be yours. Take care, touch
her forehead that she feel herself not so

utterly alone. And smile, that she does not
altogether forget the world before the lesson.
Have patience in abundance. And do not
ever lie or leave her even for a moment

by herself, which is to say, possibly, again,
abandoned. She is strange, mute, difficult,
sometimes unmanageable but, remember, she is a child.
And amazing things can happen. And you may see,

as the two of you go
walking together in the morning light, how
little by little she relaxes; she looks about her;
she begins to grow.
[personal profile] taiga13 posting in [community profile] poetry
did you know
sand dollars grow heavier skeletons
in rough water?

& did you know
young sand dollars
can’t make themselves heavy enough
so they eat pebbles
to weigh their bodies down?

& did you know
the things
that
I
have
swallowed
just to keep this body
safe from the current?

& did you know
when I say the current
I mean
this body;

& did you know
there is a man
I can only talk about in metaphor,
the way his tattoos
make an avalanche
of my mouth

(even now)

& did you know
there are whole years
I have dropped
to the bottom of an uneasy ocean;

& did you know
this is how we evolve?
Hunted girls
grow shells
& they call us
hard women.”

As if survival
could ever be delicate.

As if we haven’t been chewing rocks
for generations.

As if we haven’t been rebuilding
our own bones.
 
From Forgive Me My Salt by Brenna Twohy, available here

Eggsy yes by RinGreen (SFW)

15 September 2016 17:46
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[personal profile] dancing_serpent posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Kingsman: The Secret Service
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Eggsy and Roxy
Content Notes/Warnings: a bit of blood and black eye
Medium: digital drawing
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] RinGreen

Why this piece is awesome: Eggsy and Roxy are totally my BROTP! Here they are both in full Kingsman attire, post fight, and once again Roxy shows us that she's the tough one. I love how Eggsy is leaning on her, and the long-suffering smile she's directing at him.

Link: Eggsy yes by RinGreen
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[personal profile] mific posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: American Gods
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Jacquel, Ibis, Shadow (on the tree), the Norns, Mr Nancy & Chernobog in far distance, Wednesday in foreground (somewhat deceased).
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: traditional art (ink on claybord)
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: Nicolas Delort's blog
Why this piece is awesome: This artist does the most AMAZING ink-work and has a penchant for skewing the angle of scenes for added drama (there's a name for that; I forget it canted angles or the Dutch tilt - but that's in film). This illustration is one he did, then developed into a larger, slightly less dramatic work which was entered in The Book Show (I'll link to both). See the notes in his blog around the initial work, re who the characters are. On either work, if you R-click to open the work in a new tab you can then enlarge to see the inking detail - which is incredible.
Link: Vigil (the 2nd pic on this page - this is the more dramatic piece he decided he didn't like as much - I love it) and the main piece submitted is You Will Hold My Vigil

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