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June Book Review

July 8, 2016 // monthly book review

The Poet and the Donkey by May Sarton; 3.5 (out of 5) stars

I think this is the first May Sarton I’ve ever read. And it’s¬†quite lovely. A little whimsy of a book, with a sweet story, with a bit of self-discovery, about how we save ourselves, often with outside help, animal or otherwise. It felt, at first, like a child’s tale for an adult, maybe a bit like some of Mark Twain’s stories. I really enjoyed this; it is small but holds a lot, including good writing.

“How often, in human affairs, just such a simple misunderstanding of motive or need causes all the pain and anger! Because we have all the words we think we can explain ourselves to each other, but how often words fail – the elusive fish of personal truth slipping through them unseen and unheard. But, Andy though, in relation with an animal we are back in the good wordless world which tests our naked sensitivity. Intuition, sensing, is everything.”

“…holding the motion of a poem in his hands…”

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