52 Poetry: Week One

Here I am again – attempting #52poetry again! At the last party, I started in the middle of the year and then I got a new job that didn’t really allow for extracurricular anything and was relatively meh about the whole challenge.

(Gahdang! The original post has magically disappeared and wordpress is giving me hell.)

More on #52poetry here and here.

Sidenote: I am going to also attempt a general (all prose) reading challenge. I am a very slow, slow reader. So one (1) book a month is the absolute best I can do. And if I’m feeling adventurous, I might read two!

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This week I read:

Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1988-2000 Β Β 
by Lucille Clifton

My fave poet! Always a pleasure to read Lucille Clifton; I had an outpouring of “reply” and “in response” poems of my own. I am particularly fond of her style of line and rhyme, which I know is (as self-centered as it is) because hers is so similar to my own. Imagine my delight stumbling upon her in graduate school!

I feel as if I’m supposed to be decisive and pick a single favorite poem. But meh, no can do. From β€œnew poems (2000),” I was most drawn to β€œlibation,” β€œwhat i think when i ride the train,” and β€œbirthday 1999.” Of course, the image of trains is always so compelling to/for me. Overall, though, the chapter β€œfrom next (1988)” really hit me the hardest and garnered the most emotional responses.


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