Required Reading: Tolstoy

This summer Leigh and I are assembling a book group to read Anna Karenina. You’re invited to join us if you want to! I haven’t bought my copy yet, I’m deciding between the following editions:

So floral! I think I’ll probably go with Modern Library Classics because Penguin’s new “sexy kneecaps” cover kind of freaks me out.

Here’s a poem by Luke Bloomfield to get you in the mood:

RUSSIAN NOVEL

At the end the women are screaming
the men are pleased or irritated
someone is sad on the verge of crazy
the children are eating sausages
and jeering as they throw rocks
and poke each other with penknives
a house is ripped apart
the floorboards pulled up
one at a time
every pillow and upholstered thing
slit with a knife
a hand jammed in the stuffing
shuffles for nonexistent bread
the temptress penal bound
well into crazy
still moves as though
upheld from surfaces
crowds pour out the door
parroting fashionable postures
like crows amassed on an iceberg
while petulant, the president
stops dinging his bell
slouches in his chair
huffing and fiddling the dinger

(courtesy of Jellyfish)

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