Hi - First time for everything. I generally do not blog, no particular reason. Anyway just needed to say I saw Mr. Gaiman speak for the first time last week in Berkeley - he was delightful. I hadn't really known what to expect - but Mr. Gaiman read a poem from Fragile Things about finding one's self inside a fairy tale. This was truely one of the loveliest peoms ever read aloud to me (and everyone else there), I felt it was true and I cried. Thanks for letting me share.
I'm not the only one then. I cried as well during Neil's reading of "Instructions" partially because my mom used to always ask my sister and I when we weren't 'pleasant' whether we would rather have diamonds or toads come out of our mouths. It was a relief to finally have a comeback of 'diamonds are sharp and cut as well.'
I've never experienced hearing a poem I am fond of being read by the poet in person before. And it was kind of overwhelming, like going to a rock concert but in a completly different way.
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I love that poem so, so, so much. Just had to say that. O I've been going to a storytelling festival every year for nearly ten years now, and it just fits like a glove. If only real life were as simple!
I so very much agree this poem is done wonderfully. I love this one alot. =)
Even reading it I knew it was Neil Gaiman.
All I have to say to him is bravo, in writing this kind of work brings loads of inspiration to others who write stories/poetry.
It's just so beautiful. I haven't gotten a chance to go to a reading by Neil yet , but I know I'd be crying! "...Diamonds are sharp and cut as well..." Gaiman writes some of the most gorgeous lines. They stand out as stories themselves.
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"The Fairy Tale" is the most beautiful description of life and nature I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I can only imagine how this piece would sound coming from the writer directly. I would love to hear Neil Gaiman speak, however, living in a small town in the States that seems very unlikely. Guess I will have to continue to apprecciate his work in print.
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I used to live in a small town in the States! And I've heard Neil speak a gazillion times. If you really want to hear him, you go to one of his appearances.
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"Instructions" is one of my favorite poems. I'm taling a storytelling class and I just had to share that poem with everyone.
I love Neil's voice so much that I tend to buy his audio books more than his regular books. He does "Instructions" on the "Speaking in Tongues" CD.
Life is too short to read a bad book.
Tooting my own horn- I was lucky enough to see Mr. Gaiman (and Dave McKean) speak in Minneapolis at the Walker Museum-- where he read "Instructions" as well. ((Lurkergirl is right-- it's a lot like going to a rock concert-- only different).
I've rented the Audio book from my library 3x now! ((probable indicator that I should just buy it-- but, it's become a lottery to go the GAI shelf and see which audio is available that week.) <---Fragile things is especially nice being broken up into small fragments for easy digestion.
I Love it!!
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