Full disclosure here…
I’m not that fond of poetry.
However, I do have to admit that when you find a poem that resonates with you, it sticks. Anyone familiar with the Little Green Hill stories likely knows the name comes from an e.e. cummings poem I have loved for enough years that I have no actual idea when I first read it – I know I based a college project off of it nearly 20 years ago, so it’s been a bit.
And then there’s a funny little anecdote from that same time in my life: I won the poetry competition for the school publication. I had entered on some random whim, and wound up earning the $100 prize. They called in order to put a biographical blurb alongside the poem, but they missed me and left a message with their email address. I sent them the answers to their questions, and then (as a very shy non-poet who used my initials back then as well) I was highly amused to read when I got my copy that I was apparently a man. Who knew? As the saying goes, the only bad question is the one not asked!
So, here’s to poetry this month, paired with a topic I do love to read about – travel! My father always said my middle name was “Go.” I don’t get to do much of it at this particular point in my life, but one day. The urge is never far below the surface.
Here are a couple of the books we read this month as a starting place.
Happy reading, and bon voyage!