It’s National Poetry month and I have to admit to being quite the slacker in this realm of reading. If it’s a novel, I’m all in! Give me a long, beautifully woven story with complex characters and even more complex plot lines (or the latest tween love-drama for a quick book fix) and I’m a happy Momma! My bookshelves are lined with Dickens, Bronte, & Hugo. The eReader holds 50 Shades & The Girl with The Dragon Tatoo series’. Books of poetry are loudly absent. That’s because poetry, quite frankly, scares me. I hate the feeling that I’m not reading it right and I get frustrated when I don’t “get it” before reading the author’s discussion.
However, being the brave and adventerous soul I am, I have decided to take some steps to help better aquaint myself with this form of the written word. If I can finish a marathon, I can read some poetry! So with assistance from across the internet, I found some favorite sites to share with those who may feel like me.
First, I highly recomed Poetry 180 ”How to Read a Poem Out Loud”, from the The Library of Congress. That’s right, out loud. Believe it or not, it helped me better manage the tempo. Well, at least I think so. And while my kids and the dog passed each other looks of concern, I carried on in my comfy-big chair, determined to become a better poetry reader. I found poems of interest to read (out loud, of course) at poets.org. Here, you will find everthing you need to know related to poetry, National Poetry Month, and more. I signed up for a poem a day and voila! Poems to read (say it with me..out loud) pop up in my email box every day! Of course, there are plenty of bloggers out there that share, promote and love poetry. My fave find was Reading to the Core where the author made poems from the spines of poetry books. I love this clever, outside of the book thinking!
While I still have some trepidation, my adventure into the world of poetry is far from over and I would love to hear from you! Which authors, poetry books, or single poems are your favorites? What poetry should I begin lining up next to the classics on my shelf?
Kicked off Mission Read Maryland style in Annapolis
Today marks the official launch of our literacy campaign, Mission Read (#MissionRead, #MissRead)! Take a moment to read the first piece of many online articles at our sister launch site, BonBon Break. The CEO of Page’s Corner, Beth Panageotou, describes just how this community initiative was born and how everyone can join and be a part of Mission Read!
Sit back, relax, and read with us! Welcome to Our Corner!
How to Open a New Book — books are friends, be nice to them! :]
As much as I LOVE reading, I never knew this! Open with care and Love!