Short Reflections on Poetry

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2.4.14 / t.s. eliot

I wish people read more poetry more often. It seems like all the experience I ever had with poetry was school related or on my own, with little outside influence. No one talks about poetry on tumblr, outside of the occasional quote; rather, it seems like memoirs and novels are the “it” forms these days, which is fine. It simply gets a little lonely reading poetry by myself, no one to discuss it with. It was nice going to readings during school, even if attendance was usually a class requirement.

Last week I did a little reading on tumblr of Sylvia Plath’s Ella Mason and Her Eleven Cats, and I’ve decided to start making it a weekly thing, giving me the opportunity to read more poetry and to share it with others. As you can see, I’m planning on reading a little T.S. Eliot this week, though choosing a poem’s been a bit difficult because a lot of them seem to have French or German lines that I don’t want to butcher when I read them, and strange little me doesn’t want to read a cat poem two weeks in a row, so I’m avoiding the Practical Cats collection. I’ll find something, I’m sure.

There’s a book sale at the library this Saturday, and I’m hoping to get another book or two of poetry. I have a decent collection at the moment–Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Emily Dickinson, T.S. Eliot (my newest, just bought on Sunday)–but I worry about not having enough of a variety for reading aloud. Plus, I’d really like to broaden my own knowledge of poetry, and adding to my set of books should help with that.

And a last little note: I’ve been working more on my own poetry lately, some prose, some more traditional. There’s a somewhat local (county-wide) poetry competition coming up, and I’m hoping to submit a few pieces. It’ll only cost me the price of a stamp (which Dan always buys, anyway), so it shouldn’t hurt much more than my pride, right?

I’ve just been gaining a real fondness and appreciation for poetry lately, and I wanted to share that.

February 5, 2014
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  • I love this! I loved poetry in high school and used to try and write my own to turn into songs when I was in a band. One poem that I enjoy is Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost. I always wanted a tattoo that said “miles to go” in a typewriter font. I can’t wait to hear you read more poetry! It’s like you’re bringing sexy back! 😉

  • i love this post. i took a poetry workshop in college and it was so beneficial to my writing. i’ve always debated about wether or not i should share poetry on my blog (either mine or favorite poets) but the one time i did it was very well received (i shared my fave RIlke poem). tons of people commented that they wished they read/wrote/shared more poetry, which was really encouraging. i have a post lined up soon where i am sharing a poem i wrote as part of a book i made, and funnily enough it’s about my cat. i’m currently working on a handmade chapbook commission that is filled with someone else’s songs and lyrics + the inspiration i got from you recording that poem has got me dreaming up a new poetry related feature for my blog that i’m excited to share with everyone.

    so in short, i’m glad you voiced your appreciation (and good luck on the poetry competition!).

  • Poetry does feel a bit underappreciated, especially compared to novels and whatnot. I had to be in the right mindset to read it, but I miss my days reading and discussing poetry in class. Marvell’s “Damon the Mower” poems are some of my favorite pieces of literature ever.

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