Sunday, March 06, 2005

The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood

This book sounded like a fun read, but it took me by surprise. It was more like a Nicholas Sparks novel than what I expected. Charlie had died once in a car accident which killed his brother, but the fireman on the scene brought him back to life. Now as an adult, Charlie works at the cemetery where his brother's spirit still lives. The plot twists when he meets Tess, a woman who may or may not be a spirit. I will be recommending this one to female students. It even had a little bit of a Lovely Bones feel to it. And the best part was it reminded me of an e. e. cummings poem I knew once upon a time.

dive for dreams

dive for dreams
or a slogan may topple you
(trees are their roots
and wind is wind)
trust your heart
if the seas catch fire
(and live by love
though the stars walk backward)
honour the past
but welcome the future
(and dance your death
away at the wedding)
never mind a world
with its villains or heroes
(for good likes girls
and tomorrow and the earth)
in spite of everything
which breathes and moves, since Doom
(with white longest hands
neating each crease)
will smooth entirely our minds
-before leaving my room
i turn, and (stooping
through the morning) kiss
this pillow, dear
where our heads lived and were.

silently if, out of not knowable

silently if, out of not knowable
night's utmost nothing,wanders a little guess
(only which is this world)more my life does
not leap than with the mystery your smile
sings or if(spiralling as luminous
they climb oblivion)voices who are dreams,
less into heaven certainly earth swims
than each my deeper death becomes your kiss
losing through you what seemed myself,i find
selves unimaginably mine;beyond
sorrow's own joys and hoping's very fears
yours is the light by which my spirit's born:
yours is the darkness of my soul's return
-you are my sun,my moon,and all my stars

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