As most of you know by now, I read. A lot. But I tend to read mostly fiction with a handful of nonfiction thrown in. And this September, I thought I'd expand my horizons - but please not my bookshelves! - and try some poetry.
The last time I seriously read poetry was back in college...a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away. Bits and pieces still cling to the recesses of my mind but they're more facts - who wrote what - than the feelings, the responses I had to the works. I've read poetry since then - one of my favorites is Maya Angelou's "Phenomenal Woman" - and I have a book called Ten Poems to Last a Lifetime edited by Roger Housden that I haven't read yet, but that's about it.
So, this is where you all come in. Any suggestions on where I should start? I'm up for anything - humor, nature, modern, sonnets, etc. Do you have any favorite poets or poems? Any thoughts regarding the best way to read a poem, to experience it?
Thank you in advance! I look forward to learning from you all.