Poetry 2020 Edition 7

Poetry Goal 2020:  to read a poem* every day.

Collection # 13 Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals by Patricia Lockwood, Penguin Books 2014, 66 pages

List of Cross-Dressing Soldiers

. . .

Someone thought long and hard how to best

make my brother blend into the sand. He came

back and he was heaped up himself like a dune,

he was twice the size of me, his sight glittered

deeper in the family head he hid among himself,

and slid, and stormed, and looked the same

as the next one, and was hot and gold and some-

where else.

+ .  .  .

Five slices of pie

Collection # 14 The Trouble with Poetry  by Billy Collins, Random House Trade Paperback Edition 2007 (orig 2005), 91 pages

The Trouble with Poetry

Poetry fills me with joy
and I rise lide a feather in the wind.

Poetry fills me with sorrow
and I sink like a chain flung from a bridge.

But mostly poetry fills me
with the urge to write poetry.

I wasn’t as fond of this collection like the first one I experienced but that’s OK.

*Or more. I’m not tracking, I’m just reading. I’m not limiting this experience to one poem a day – that is only the minimum.

PI MENTIONED!  “Later, genius became someone who could take a sliver of chalk and square pi a hundred places out beyond the decimal point.

*Or more. I’m not tracking, I’m just reading. I’m not limiting this experience to one poem a day – that is only the minimum.


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2 thoughts on “Poetry 2020 Edition 7

  1. Ooh, love this! I often struggle with entire books of poetry and do my best to consume them little by little (which is what I’m doing with the book you sent me!). I have subscribed to the Poetry Foundation’s poem a day email list, which means I am reading a poem per day. It’s been lovely!

    1. The trick for me was to select really short thin collections. I can’t do an entire oeuvre of a big wig poet! especially if hardbound chunkster. TOO intimidating.

      I’m so glad you are enjoying the “catalog” – some of those I would read one page, then read another page and then read the whole poem as one. He wrote some LONG ones! The Lockwood collection rarely had a poem extend over 2 pages.

      I admit to searching Twitter for a daily poem…

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