Lately I've found I gravitate toward poetry. The timelessness of abstracted language and the meditative mind state it produces feel like an antidote to the terrifying speed at which this world moves. I'm a massive Ariana Reines fan girl — I wanna start ArianaReinesCon — but had never read her 2012 chapbook Thursday. Like all Ariana's poetry, this long complex piece weaves easily between pop cultural references (Ashton & Demi) and almost Odyssean language and mythology. It also sums up my current state in a single line: "let's just say I want to be drenched in love."
My 4-year-old is constantly thinking about her place in the universe: she wants to find our home on every map, she wants to hear about all the countries we've visited, she wants to know where earth hovers among the other planets. So when she received At the Same Moment, Around the World as a gift, it delighted her (which also delighted me). Clotilde Perrin's gorgeously illustrated book goes time zone by time zone to show what different children are doing at the same time, from helping their parents fish, to drinking hot chocolate for breakfast, to floating in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean in the middle of the night. It has a fold out map in the back that we've spent a long while gazing at, too.