Currently Consuming: Hustle Cat

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A sweet, kick-started, gender fluid, cat themed, dating sim that will melt your heart.

About: Hustle Cat is a dating sim created by the team at Date Nighto. Originally on Kickstarter, the game is one that pushes past gender binaries and provides male, female, and trans pronouns for the main character. In addition to this there are two custom characters that you can select from which, once again, allow you to select from neutral representations and racial characteristics.

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A perfect rose for Valentine’s Day

Dorothy Parker is one of my all time favourite poets and this, One Perfect Rose, is one of my favourite poems. The way in which the poem sets up the beauty of the rose and the love held within it, is offset by the ponderings of the limousine, which makes the poem a beautifully bitter-sweet one. The offhand almost blasé way in which Dorothy writes is both refreshing and humourous. I would highly recommended anyone to find and devour any of her work!

With that I wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you have a lovely day filled with lovely love and don’t forget the 15th of February is Cheap Flower Day! So get out there and buy some drastically reduced flowers!

Lang Leav’s Love & Misadventure

lovemisLove & Misadventure by Lang Leav is a beautiful book full of bittersweet and lovely poetry. The focus of this collection is on, as the title suggests, love and all the emotions that come with it.  Separated thematically, the book is divided into three distinct parts, these sections are separated as ‘misadventure,’ ‘circus of sorrows’ and ‘love.’

The feelings that are evoked when reading this book are ones of a journey. Not just one in search of love or through relationships but one as a whole. Readers are taken on an emotional journey through heartbreak until the final section in which true happiness is seemingly discovered. Throughout this book I felt a connection to the poems and with each new page I experienced rather than read the emotions.

Despite a good section of this collection being dedicated to heartache and misadventure, there is no overlying feeling of melancholy. Rather, readers are given the feeling of hope; that despite the pain felt, nothing was wasted, no moment felt in vain.

The simplicity of Leav’s work is what makes this collection such a pleasure to read. Stand out poems for me are ‘Just Friends,’ ‘Beautiful’ and ‘Three Questions’ which are all very beautiful yet are all very different. The differences can be seen in the form of the poems. Where some poems are written as prose poems, others are open verse with many different structures.  The sheer read-alibility coupled with the universal nature of love and heartache are no doubt what has made this book such a best seller.

Love & Misadventure is a relatively short book. Each poem is featured on its own page and the flow of the book is one that will see you easily moving from one poem to the next. If you only read one poetry book this year, Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav comes very highly recommended.

Happy Valentine’s Day

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day here is my favourite love poem:

Love Song

If I could write words

Like leaves on an Autumn forest floor

What a bonfire my letters would make.

If I could speak words of water

You would drown when I said

‘I love you.’

-Spike Milligan.

Personally, it is the beautiful and morbid imagery of drowning the person you love with your words that makes this poem stand out. Spike Milligan was pretty messed up but boy, could he write a poem.