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I am about halfway through The Tiger’s Wife: A Novel, by Tea Obreht on my kindle. So far I am really enjoying it. I have also picked up a collection of short stories by Lorrie Moore called Birds of America. I like her erratic writing style. For poetry I am reading Collected Poems by Robert Bly. He is definitely one of my new favorites!
Here is a link to one of his more recent poems on The Writer’s Almanac:
The Blind Old Man

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Reading Poetry

I always read the Writer’s Almanac. I subscribe to the free daily e-newsletter so it comes straight to my email. I am usually impressed with the daily poems. It also provides a good way for me to branch out and read contemporary poets I have never read before. They do a mix of contemporary and older poets which is nice.

I really enjoyed this poem by Robert Bly: What Did We See Today? You can find it on the Feb. 18, 2011 newsletter, or follow this link:
http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/index.php?date=2011/02/18

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Poet of the Month

Lately, I have not been able to finish a book. I have never had this problem before and I am not sure of the cause. So I have decided to give myself some challenges. I haven’t been able to read fiction or even nonfiction, but I don’t have a problem reading poetry. So I will have a new poet every month to read and study. This past month was T.S. Eliot.

Last month 12/09:
-“The Wasteland”, by T.S. Eliot

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“The man pulling radishes
pointed the way
with a radish”
-Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827)

Chive

Chive

Vegetables

Vegetables

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“Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,

the world offers itself to your imagination,

calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting-

over and over announcing your place in the family of things.”

-Mary Oliver, from Dream Works

Spring Flower

Spring Flower

Mary Oliver is one of my favorite poets. She writes with a beauty and simplicity that never fails to touch my heart.

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I do not know which to prefer,

The beauty of inflections

Or the beauty of innuendoes,

The blackbird whistling

Or just after.

-Wallace Stevens from “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird”

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

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