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Poetry

Lately, I've been reading a lot of poetry. I could speculate about the reasons, but I really just don't know why.

Despite my undergraduate English major ways, I don't know much about poetry. It's sort of the way I am with a lot of art - I know what I like but am not very good at explaining why.

Which is fine. Sometimes it's great to approach something wonderful and beautiful without such a critical eye.

With that in mind, I just finished two excellent, albeit very different, books of poetry.


Temper (Pitt Poetry Series) Temper by Beth Bachmann


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a compelling work. All the poems in the book center on a murder and those struggling with its aftermath - an accused father, a devastated mother, the victim's sister. It is difficult to read at times, but also fascinating and beautiful. I read it through and feel like I've only scratched the surface. I will read this one again. Highly recommended.


Winter Morning Walks : 100 Postcards to Jim Harrison (Poetry Series) Winter Morning Walks : 100 Postcards to Jim Harrison by Ted Kooser


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
While recovering from cancer, Ted Kooser took a two-mile walk each morning. The cancer treatment left him photosensitive, so his walks were taken before sunrise. He write a poem after each of his walks. They are short, opening with a brief description of the weather followed by a brief poem. While they don't follow the pattern, the poems have a very haiku-like feel, impressionistic and catching more a feeling than delving deep, except when the poem addresses the cancer. Stirring and beautifully written.

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