In Honor of National Poetry Month

In honor of National Poetry Month, I had a stack of poetry books I hoped to read this month.  Unfortunately, I ended up getting side-lined with the flu, so reading progress came to a screeching halt for a couple of weeks. I read Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne.  I enjoyed reading the letters and poetry, especially after watching the movie Bright Star a few years ago.  I really didn’t know much about John Keats before the movie, outside of some his more famous poems, and for whatever reason, that movie really struck a chord with me.   Perhaps because he was so young when he passed away, struggling to make his poetry known to the world.  Perhaps it was the love story.  I digress, but it helped me rediscover John Keats and his poetry.

Here a few poetry books I have set out on my reading table and hope to tackle over the next month or so (for belated National Poetry Month!) 😀

A Year in Review – 2016

Before I dive into thinking about books I would like to read in 2017, I thought I would provide some thoughts and highlights from 2016.  Overall, not a bad year for reading, although I made up for lost time in the last quarter of the year!  I usually have a goal of 50 books and I completed 47 books this year. I had a mix of some non-fiction lifestyle and health-related books, poetry and fiction. I’m a little embarrassed to say that that I didn’t read many classics – just The Secret Garden.  For fiction books, I read five of the six books in the Wilderness series by Sara Donati. I also enjoyed reading a number of books about authors, including Fallen Beauty, Call Me Zelda, Hemingway’s Girl and The House of Hawthorne.  I also enjoyed reading more about Hemingway and his first wife in The Paris Wife.

Favorites for 2016 included:

Stayed tuned for some thoughts on goals for 2017.  Happy reading!

Celebrate National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month!  As you can see from my completed books last year, along with my completed books so far this year, I’ve rekindled my love of poetry.  In honor of National Poetry Month, I’ve pulled a few poetry books from my shelves that I would like to read over the next month or two. I love the Everyman’s Library Pocket Poet books and thought that On Wings of Song would be a good one to welcome Spring.

CAM02865Do you have any favorite poets or poems to celebrate National Poetry Month?

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month.  I enjoy reading and writing poetry, but I don’t make as much of an effort to read poetry as often as I could or should.  As part of celebrating National Poetry Month, I will dust off some of the books of poetry that I have on my shelves (collections by Emily Dickinson, collections of love poems, Pablo Neruda, Shakespeare, Frost) and would like to read a poem each day.  I might also have to treat myself to a book or two that I have on my wish list (see below).

Sailing Alone around the Room:  New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins
Love Letters (Everyman’s Library)
Eat, Drink and Be Merry:  Poems about Food and Drink
Art and Artists:  Poems
Music’s Spell:  Poems about Music and Musicians
The Poetry of Pablo Neruda
The Essential Neruda:  Selected Poems

Do you have any favorite poets or poems?