|National Poetry Month
||[Apr. 17th, 2007|03:50 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
It's National Poetry Month here in the USA.
Who is your favorite poet? (Your child? A famous author? That street performer?)
What is your favorite poem? (Right now or always/forever or when you were ten...)
Quote me your favorite line or stanza or whole piece of poetry...
I haven't really thought about poetry in so long that I'm not sure I can tell you what my favorites are.
Wait. No. That's not true.
I CAN tell you that my absolute FAVORITE collection of poetry in the whole universe is Going Over to Your Place: Poems for Each Other, edited by Paul B. Janeczko. It was a gift from my godmother when I turned, um, 16 perhaps? I've practically memorized it.
And... upon further thought... I think Edna St. Vincent Millay is still my favorite poet. I fell in love with her work in high school, I think. Studied her a bit more in college. I'm not sure I can pick a favorite poem, but I'll include one of my favorites under a cut here:
I, Being Born a Woman and Distressed
By Edna St. Vincent Millay
I, being born a woman and distressed
By all the needs and notions of my kind,
Am urged by your propinquity to find
Your person fair, and feel a certain zest
To bear your body's weight upon my breast:
So subtly is the fume of life designed,
To clarify the pulse and cloud the mind,
And leave me once again undone, possessed.
Think not for this, however, the poor treason
Of my stout blood against my staggering brain,
I shall remember you with love, or season
My scorn with pity,--let me make it plain:
I find this frenzy insufficient reason
For conversation when we meet again.
Put a little poetry into your life!