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World Is Suddener Than We Fancy It.

Snow by Louis MacNeice

The room was suddenly rich and the great bay-window was
Spawning snow and pink roses against it
Soundlessly collateral and incompatible:
World is suddener than we fancy it.

World is crazier and more of it than we think,
Incorrigibly plural. I peel and portion
A tangerine and spit the pips and feel
The drunkenness of things being various.

And the fire flames with a bubbling sound for world
Is more spiteful and gay than one supposes—
On the tongue on the eyes on the ears in the palms of one’s hands—
There is more than glass between the snow and the huge roses.

Page 242 of Room by Emma Donoghue

I’ve written about reading (alphabetbrains.com/advice/reading) before and how you can find connections to your brain injury in books unrelated to brain injury. (I’ve actually got better since writing that blog post! I can now read in noisy places!) Room by Emma Donoghue is one of those books, this poem and the two sentences I’ve made bold anyway. (Yes, I googled the poem to see if it was real because this is a fiction book… Haha) World is suddener than we fancy it. World is crazier and more of it than we think.  As brain injury survivors these two lines relate to our noise sensitivity and how overwhelming the world can be because of it. So simple, but the words really spoke to me.

Little reading tip, that I followed with this book: If you’re struggling to enjoy reading or get back into reading. Read a that you’ve already read that you know you love and you’ll be back into reading again, and more importantly you’ll be wanting to read every day again!

Do you have any books or poetry that speak to you?

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One thought on “World Is Suddener Than We Fancy It.

  1. My daily work is completely uncivilised at present. On top of everything else (and I had imagined that the eveything else would be lighter this year) I took on a public service job as part of the hundreds of academics who have allowed themselves to be the teams that assess the quality of research in their subjects for the government. The government requires this exercise. it is non-negotiable and someone has to do it. The rules have changed for this round. (They take place every 5 to 7 years. ) We now have truly enormous amounts of reading to do. Almost impossible amounts. I had thought that I would read my way back into my subject after three years of running a department but the pressure of reading and the breadth (and richness) of what has been produced and the arbitrary order in which we are required to read means that you have to become some kind of processing machine. It is dehumanising, brutalising, very very tiring and exactly the opposite of what the academic life ought to be about. I have a wonderful team of co-readers and we keep one another s spirits up somehow.

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