Saturday, February 20, 2010

Poetry and Tragic Love: Recommend Some (The Sunday Salon)

I used to love reading poetry. I even tried to write it. (still do sometimes--don't tell anyone)

But somehow I got distracted and away from it. Then I was reading The Heart is not a Size by Beth Kephart and she uses poetry by Jack Gilbert in the book and I thought-- this sounds like good stuff. So I bought a book of his poetry and guess what? It's good stuff. And I thought...I would read more poetry if I knew it was going to be good like this. (I don't actually like all poetry so this is tricky)

So...I'd love to hear your recommendations. And where I might be able to find some online samples. For some reason, poetry seems like a much harder field to navigate. (well I sort of feel that way about graphic novels too) I think I'm a little bit picky about poetry but I don't know my poetic identity well enough yet to explain how. So this could be fun! Send all your friends! Or recommend a poetry blog....I know they're out there because I got a lot of complaints that it wasn't a BBAW Awards category. :)

In other news, I'm currently reading Eternal on the Water which is a bit of a sad tragic love story. Last week, I read The Disappeared which is also one of the saddest love stories I've ever read. I'm totally in the mood for these for some reason. Maybe because my own love life is such a tragedy. In any case, I'd love to hear your recommendations for the best tragic love stories. One rule is that you cannot recommend Nicholas Sparks. I am not in the mood to be emotionally manipulated, I'm in the mood for well written tragic love stories. ;)

I hope you are all having a wonderful, wonderful weekend!


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