Poetry 2022 Edition 2

Poetry Goal 2022:  to read a poem* every day.

Collection #3 by Jacqueline Woodson, Puffin Books 2016, 366 pages

“Nothing in the world is like this-
a bright white page with
pale blue lines. The smell of a newly sharpened pencil
the soft hush of it
moving finally
one day
into letters.”

“I am not gifted. When I read, the words twist
twirl across the page.
When they settle, it is too late.
The class has already moved on.

I want to catch words one day. I want to hold them
then blow gently,
watch them float
right out of my hands.”

“Even the silence
has a story to tell you.
Just listen. Listen.”

This has been the longest collection of poetry I have read yet; spanning March to August. I loved every page, every poem, every thought expressed. Five slice of pie and YES! It had pie. (but the new goodreads layout has hidden my updates so I don’t know the page nor full passage. Also, sad to say, I no longer have the book – did I misplace it? give it to a friend? sell it to the Half Price Books so I can buy more books? I can’t recall.)


Collection #4 by Grace Paley, Farrar,Straus and Giroux 2008, 83 pages

On OCCASION

I forget the names of my friends

and the names of the flowers in

my garden . . . my friends remind me

Grace . . . it’s us . . . the flowers just

stand there stunned by the sun

I very much enjoyed this collection. She’s smart and sharp, even as she describes blanks in her mind and her memory. It’s about living, living through what you have to but not necessarily being happy about it. Rather, determined.

*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 2022 Edition 2

  1. I have the Woodson book on my to-read list. For some reason I didn’t realize Paley wrote poetry. I think of her as a short story writer. I got to see her do a reading once. She was a brilliant woman.

    1. Oh goodness gracious, the spacings in the Paley poem didn’t “stay”… Gotta fix. (disregard the ellipses – the spacings wouldn’t cooperate. Grrrrrrr “I HATE NEW WP EDITOR”)

      Give her poems a looksee!

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