When gathering the "beach books," rounding up the "travel reads," and compiling the "summer stack" many of us find ourselves checking off those books we've been meaning to get to: that mystery recommended by a friend, that NPR read we reach for with skeptical intrigue, the bound beauty of a novel we've just never been able to finish. With pleasure, we scratch each title from our list and slip them into our summer satchels, purses, backpacks, car doors, and that pouch behind the passenger seat that gathers all of our convenient forgettable necessities. And perhaps we've stepped outside of our genre of comfort with one or two titles, but seldom is it that a book of poetry has made it to our list. Afterall, it calls for a different kind of attention, a different kind of patience, a different set of expectations that often requires its reader to decenter the self and prepare for instant satisfaction to be secondary perhaps even tertiary to the experience of reading.
What if I were to tell you that there are some poetry books that read as fluidly as our favorite novels?
What if I were to tell you that working that poetry muscle functions as a type of meditation--a meditation that allows us to access the senses that allow us to more clearly see and appreciate the world around us?
Now I know I haven't quite made believers out of all of us just yet, but below are a few reads to consider--some Sunday morning and sweet tea easy, others dark chocolate and Bash Bish Falls rich and rigorous.
Keep in mind that these are just a few for us to consider as we begin and reaquaint ourselves with our poetry journey. These are accessible reads that just begin to scratch the surface of the diversity and complexity of those collections that align with and transgress the genres we love.
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