Saturday, January 14, 2012

A Poetry Challenge

Nikky Finney
In 2011 I read a single volume of poetry. That's not really all that surprising, as poetry is not typically one of my go-to genres. I would like to read more of it, though. So I'm signing up for the 2012 Fearless Poetry Exploration Challenge hosted by Serena over at Savvy Verse & Wit.

Here's what you have to do (your choice):

a. Read and review up to 2 books of poetry throughout 2012 and leave the full link to each review in Mr. Linky.

b. Participate in at least 3 Virtual Poetry Circles throughout the year.

c. Sign up to feature poetry on your blog for April’s National Poetry Month as part of Savvy Verse & Wit’s Blog Tour.

d. Or some combination of the above.

At the very least, I'm aiming to read and review two books of poetry. I've got them picked out, now I just need to go buy them: Nikky Finney's NBA award winning Head Off and Split and If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho, translated by Anne Carson.

Do you have a favorite poet? Any suggestions for what I should read? Tell me in the comments!


ysse-ikkle said...

Anne Carson is without question my favourite poet, and Fragments of Sappho is well worth the read. Her earlier work is far better than her recent stuff, Autobiography of Red being my all-time favourite book.

I very much enjoy Osip Mandelstam as well, and you can't go wrong with Rilke. If you insist on reading someone who's still alive, I found Frank Bidart to be quite worthwhile, although nowhere near as brilliant as the blurb would have had me believe.

Anonymous said...

I ve always like W B Yeats Ia bit old school but his prose have stood test of time ,good luck all the best stu

MJ said...

@ysse-ikkle: Thanks for the suggestions. I do not insist on reading living poets, but those were just a couple who seemed to have interesting work out.

@Stu: I think I have a volume of Yeats around here somewhere...

Serena said...

Thanks for joining the poetry challenge, and might I suggest one of my all-time favorite poets -- Yusef Komunyakaa?!

MJ said...

@Serena: Thanks for hosting! I'll certainly look into Yusef Komunyakaa. Thank you for the suggestion.