Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Reader's Diary #68- Kate Braid and Sandy Shreve (editors): In Fine Form (up to "Sunday Water")

Why I like blogging
Why I like reading poetry
Why I like blogging about reading poetry :

Earlier today I had mentioned to a friend of mine that I wasn't fussy on the poems in this book. I wasn't able to put my finger on why exactly except to say that for the most part, they just weren't inspiring.

Then I came home and tried to figure out what to say about the book in today's blog. So, I looked back in search of just one poem that I could use to illustrate the collection's lack of lustre. But skimming back through, I found myself saying, "No, I like that, " "No, that's a good one," and so on. No shock here; it takes multiple readings of a poem to appreciate it. I try, try, try to discipline myself to take my time when reading poetry (I think I even bragged about how well I did just that in a particularly self-delusional posting a while back), but it takes maintaining a blog to keep me on track.

I can't decide on which particular poem to comment specifically on, so I'll just give a general These Are Poems I Like list (most of which come from the section of epigrams- which I have always known is a favourite form of mine- mostly due to their concise nature):

1. Christopher Wiseman's "April Elegy" (a couplet)
2. F. R. Scott's "Brebeuf and His Brethren" (an epigram)
3. Alden Nowlan's "Aunt Jane" (an epigram)
4. Dionne Brand's "21" from "Winter Epigrams"
5. Robin Skelton's "Night Piece"

(Under the Epigram section is the ubiquitous "You Fit Into Me" by Margaret Atwood- which must be one of the most overrated poems in Canadian history).

1 comment:

Robert Hiscock said...

Night Piece is a wonderful poem. I hadn't read it before -- thanks for pointing it out.