Eight chambers of the heart

Registered by wingvioloncellixwing of on 6/23/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by wingvioloncellixwing from not specified, not specified not specified on Saturday, June 23, 2018
I received this book from my friend Astrid in Nijmegen, who was pruning her book collection.

Today, a lovely BookCrosser is passing away: hema-verf (her BookCrossing alias). Her many friends among the Dutch BookCrossing community are very sad and thinking about hema-verf today.

Els (her real name) has a very big heart, befitting to the title of this book of poems, "Eight chambers of the Heart" by Marge Piercy. Hema-verf used to have a beautiful bookcase in her garden from which everyone could pick. Many refugees at the nearby refugee center found books to read in hema-verf's bookcase.
(See p. 11 of http://docplayer.nl/47448641-Wijkblad-brakkenstein.html , in Dutch)

Here is a fragment of a poem by Marge Piercy to commemorate hema-verf, or, by her real name, Els:

A strong woman

A strong woman is a woman who loves
strongly and weeps strongly and is strongly
terrified and has strong needs. A strong woman is strong
in words, in action, in connection, in feeling;
she is not strong as a stone but as a wolf
suckling her young. Strength is not in her, but she
enacts it as the wind fills a sail.
What comforts her is others loving
her equally for the strength and for the weakness
from which it issues, lightning from a cloud.
Lightning stuns. In rain, the clouds disperse.
Only water of connection remains,
flowing through us. Strong is what we make
each other. Until we are all strong together,
a strong woman is a woman strongly afraid.

Released 10 mos ago (6/23/2018 UTC) at Little Free Library at 5923 Kentucky Avenue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

This book has been released in the beautiful Little Free Library at Kentucky Avenue, made by hand by the husband living in the house, as a Christmas present for his wife and his daughter.

Els Hendriks - also known by her BookCrossing name hema-verf - also had a Little Free Library in her garden in Nijmegen, see the article with picture here: http://nijmegendirect.nl/bookcrossing-in-nijmegen/

This book has been released in grateful memory to Els.

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Dear finder and poetry lover,

Congratulations, you have found a traveling book! Hopefully you will like it. You can leave it in this Little Free Library, or somewhere else, or pass it on to someone.

I would love to know how you chose to pick up the book and/or whether you liked reading it. I would be grateful if you leave an (possibly anonymous) journal entry here.

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Enjoy your reading.

Best wishes,
violoncellix
(from the Netherlands)

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