I’m in the habit again of reading five books all at the same time. I don’t complete them, leaving them strewn around the house like half filled cups of tea. Some with bookmarks and some I don’t care where I lose my place in.
I’m reading a book of poetry called The Essential Anne Wilkinson selected by Ingrid Ruthig.
I’ve read Canadian poetry before, but want to read more. I’ve likely read more American and British poetry.
As I’m reading, I like to read a poem or two and then go back and do a close reading of the poem to garner more meaning. Maybe this is the ModPo in me. I enjoy looking at how a poem is written more so than why.
But I am reading about Anne Wilkinson to understand a bit about her social, philosophical, and political movements in her time that may have influenced her art. I believe that our creations are influenced by what happens around us.
I’m still in the midst of reading Wilkinson’s poetry and reading some material about the poet and her life. I have done some initial readings of a couple of poems but I want to go more in-depth which means I’ll write out what I think her words and poems mean. Word by word, line by line, stanza by stanza. Looking at punctuation, form, metaphors, devices, and constraints.
This is where I’m at with my poetry and with my reading. Are you reading any good books? Novels? Poetry? Short stories? Please feel free to let me know in the comments. I’m always looking to build my insurmountable TBR list.