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Oct 8, 2023Liked by Nadia Gerassimenko

I just told one of the writers I edit via writewithoutborders.com that she didn't need to rush her current assignment and she wrote back "Thank you for the leeway" and I thought "Leeway, that is a lovely word. I have to use it somehow. And now I am." :-)

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Oct 9, 2023Liked by Nadia Gerassimenko

Oh this is so beautiful, and so inspiring, what a gift, Nadia. I’ve saved it and will come back when I’m in need of a jolt! Petrichor is a wonderful word, there’s a beautiful piece of music written by Einaudi with that title that you might enjoy...

Cosmogyral is just wonderful, too! It invokes such a dreamy scene in my mind! Gossamer reminds me of my favourite Birds nests, when they use spider web as binding, it’s so magic...

You’re magic, too ✨

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Oct 9, 2023Liked by Nadia Gerassimenko

Absolutely love Cosmogyral

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Oct 8, 2023Liked by Nadia Gerassimenko

Toska and Petrichor are my two favourites here, Nadia.

It's good to have a word for toska, even if that meaning cannot be fully translated into English. I relate to it, though, and the quote from Nabokov was great to see.

I love that you wrote a poem about how poetry emerged.

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Oct 8, 2023Liked by Nadia Gerassimenko

i truly have loved you sharing bits of your culture in your newsletters! it’s been nice to learn more about you

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I always marvel that someone can write poetry in another language, what a trick.

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Nadia this post is about the most beautiful thing I’ve read on Substack!!! You have all the talent, please write more poems lovely one. Favourite word here is Cosmogyral!

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I used to live in the Arizona desert, so “petrichor” brings back visceral memories. But when I read about “querencia,” it put a name to my sense that I don’t have a place like that.

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I love this list. I was especially struck to find “saudade,” which I know from Cesaria Evora’s music. I love her song by that name, but until now I didn’t know what the word meant. Words are like music to me, and I love the melodies and rhythms these bring.

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Delightful! I love learning of that which can't be directly translated. It's just so fascinating. "Toska" and "Saudade" really resonate with me.

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Oct 11, 2023Liked by Nadia Gerassimenko

that's lovely. Been thinking of throwing in the occasional humour poem as I used to write those...anyway, enjoyed..

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Oct 11, 2023Liked by Nadia Gerassimenko

Thank you for sharing. 🌌

as one who romanticizes, querencia is now a destination. a place where my heart can be found in another.

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Wanderlust! Whether in the mind or in the world, which is the same! Kinda.

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In my current novel, a central character is known for using unusual words. He'll be using some of these! Thank you.

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Oct 9, 2023Liked by Nadia Gerassimenko

Thank you for sharing your poetry! Most of these words, I never even knew but what beauty in all their definitions!!! Can’t wait to see which one I will go back to.

Also can’t wait for more poetry from you 🙌🏾

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Gorgeous list! My experience with gossamer last week: https://substack.com/@annethomas/note/c-41355009?r=6khx7&utm_medium=ios&utm_source=notes-share-action

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