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Welcome to Newsletter #221

A bunch of tales I wanted to share with you

A tale I read

Once December Comes by Charles Simic
[Once December Comes by Charles Simic]

A tale I heard

Comedian Sue Perkins on the pressures of turning 50:

"I felt a curious liberation when I crossed the threshold. Six months before I was almost entirely unbearable. I had a classic, lowest grade, entry-level midlife crisis. I wanted to be somebody who didn’t behave the way everybody else behaved, I wanted to run contrary to the narrative. But now, I just got sucked straight into that. ‘What am I for? What am I about?' Then I had a party, got hammered, and couldn’t give a shit after that. It was apprehension. Culturally, we’re hardwired to reflect on those big ones."

A tale I saw

Water Again (and others) by Rob Auton 

A tale I wrote


The lights are up: rainbow
stars stuck to an indoor tree. 
The wine is hot, we want
the weather to be bad.
The calendar is speeding up.
Hugs are tighter, longer.
We talk about the past more
than the future because we can't
imagine a future without terrible films
and the smell of cinnamon added
unnecessarily to our favourite snacks.

A tail I like

[A tail I like]
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