Earlier this week I busted some hackneyed excuses for not reading and urged everyone to read a poem a day. Turns out I’m not the only one with that idea!
Joanna Paterson over at Confident Writing posts “You Don’t Need a Book to Start Enjoying Poetry.” She says she, probably like most of us who occasionally read poetry, rarely reads an entire book of poetry but opts instead to dip in now and then–a great activity for the busy person. And she advocates looking for poetry in unexpected places and keeping an open mind about it.
British writer Jane Gardam is on a campaign to get her neighbors to display poetry in their home and shop windows as well as inside businesses and the church yard, The Guardian writes. I’ve seen Gardam’s highly praised books in the library and at the bookstore, and am putting them on my list.
Here are three wonderful poems. And you can read each one in a minute or two.
1) “Ozymandias,” by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Read it and marvel how complex and moving a story Shelley tells in so few words.
2) “Introduction to Poetry,” by Billy Collins. Collins wants to put the fun and enjoyment back into poetry. Good on him!
3) “Late Poem To My Father,” by Sharon Olds. A tribute to an imperfect but loving father.
Readers, what poems have moved you?