"Poetry. An Introduction."
Posted on December 2nd, 2017
Alright, so here I am, it's almost the end of the year and I'm trying not to end 2017 on a bitter note. I decided to read poetry this month. I'll be honest, reading psych took me longer than anticipated and so I only choose three books this month. Without further ado..
Poems - Maya Angelou
This book is beautifully divided into four major poems comprised of many smaller poems. "Passing Time" and "Come, And Be My Baby" were my two favorites. I wonder if I will have two new favorites every time I decide to re-read this book. I hope so. I guess that's the point of poetry, right? Different aspects speak to and reflect on different times of your life, right?
Book of Longing - Leonard Cohen
Perhaps the best part of this book is how beautifully the drawings interact with and enhance the poetry itself. Sometimes I was confused and other times I felt as thought my heart could burst open in connection. Having no prior knowledge of Cohen it was most interesting to learn about what an icon he was. Also sparking my interest, perhaps more so than the poems themselves, was that he wrote this book during his 5-year stay at a Zen monastery in Southern California.. whaaat?!
Milk and Honey - Rupi Kaur
I feel like both this book and this author have received so much attention lately, that it largely speaks for itself. I'm also aware that likely my demographic and bias has played into this so it's best to not take for granted that everyone would know about this book. If you don't know, now you do and I beg you to read it. Like Angelou's it's been divided into four major poems which are: the hurting, the loving, the breaking, the healing. Each section has a way of eliciting pain and triggering the past while still pushing forward to an ideal, a hope. I was trying to decide between this first book or one of Kaur's more recent works, and this description at Book People made my decision for me.
If you can't tell I really have no idea how to write poetry commentary. I don't know, I guess I feel like there's not much to say outside of what's already been said by the author. Anything additional would just be my personal experience imprinting upon something that already exists...... but isn't that true of all commentary? This blog is just opinions.