Reading Hemingway

A key unlocking
A parade of possibilities,
Unread books to be read
Well read books to be reread
Top shelf
Writers to know
Painters to peruse
Places to visit and possess

Poems to be penned
Short stories to be started
Novellas to effuse
Like the smoke of his
Nag champa
His morning ritual
Waking his deepest

Is how reading Hem’s
Moveable Feast
Moved him
Away from potentialities
To creation
To finding the key
To unlocking

To moving with ease
As the main character
In his widest dreams
Somnambulist no mas! No mas!

Handcrafted poetry by John M. Hines, November, 2016.
I’ve been reading, no, feasting on Hemingway’s “A Moveable Feast”
this week; and am now submerging myself into his “The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway: The Finca Vigia Edition”. We shall soon be tracing Hem’s steps in Paris.

Of Bags of Books & Boxes of Beer

Boxes of beer and wine in the bed of his truck,

Bags of books on the floor and back seat,

Purchases like soul’s ransom carried home

As Saturday’s dawn burned into Saturday’s noon.


Malbecs, Ales, Porters and Sparkling,

Ginsberg, Kerouac, Salinger and Hughes,

His divergent tastes in wheat, barley, malt and grape

As different as his literary tastes of late.


Following his hunger and thirst where they lead,

Creative license given to read,

Read and write to heart’s content,

No longer struggling to pay the rent.


No buyer’s remorse with this choice of “BIG” spending,

Another afternoon spent in want of sweet ending,

Unconscious Id’s heart sweetly rending,

Superego under mind’s weight bending.

Handcrafted poetry by John M. Hines, 02/20/2016

I wrote this last Saturday.  I am posting it now as I look forward to a new weekend given to the soulfully rewarding pursuits of more reading and writing.

Thank you for reading! Best wishes to you for a most amazing weekend given to your heart’s pursuits.

Feast of Books in 2015

This is my bibliography of the last six months.  Some of these books were dessert while others were hearty main courses that filled the soul and that I imagine will be revisited time and again as they are added to my lifelong rereading list.

I started this reading adventure feast during the 10 weeks of a summer sabbatical and made it through #21.  #21-#32 were read after full-time teaching and coaching began in earnest in August.  How did I find the time?

Where does the time go? I do not regularly watch TV save for binge watching episodes of a couple of series. I exercise for at least an hour most days of the week.  I am working scheduled, disciplined time for writing into my daily routine.  Spending time with my wife and our family are regular occurrences that don’t happen by accident though that happens too :).  At the same time, I am quite comfortable with solitude and need big doses of it to feel alive.  Recently, I began posting my “handcrafted poetry” on this blog.

1) The Black Swan, N. N. Taleb

2) Antifragile, N.N. Taleb

3) What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars, Paul Moynihan

4) Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk

5) The Goal, Eliyahu Goldratt

6) Fooled by Randomness, N.N. Taleb

7) Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov

8) Laughter in the Dark, Vladimir Nabokov

9) PNIN, Vladimir Nabokov

10) Notes from Underground, Fyodor Dostoevsky

11) The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

12) Choke, Chuck Palahniuk

13) The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky

14) Survivor, Chuck Palahniuk

15) RANT, Chuck Palahniuk

16) Martin Eden, Jack London

17) Diary, Chuck Palahniuk

18) Speak, Memory, Vladimir Nabokov

19) Damned, Chuck Palahniuk

20) On the Move, Oliver Sacks

21) Dubliners, James Joyce

22) A Portrait of the Artist As A Young Man, James Joyce

23) Ulysses, James Joyce

24) The Hero’s Journey, Joseph Campbell

25) Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut

26) Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut

27) Swann’s Way, Marcel Proust

28) Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut

29) Bluebird, Kurt Vonnegut

30) The Magic Mountain, Thomas Mann

31) While Mortals Sleep, Kurt Vonnegut

32) Play It As It Lays, Joan Didion

I can’t wait to see what 2016 brings! Cheers!