Yesterday's blog post mentioned the value of poetry and some of you asked for recommendations.
My go-to journal for poetry is called (drum roll!) POETRY and it's the journal of the Poetry Foundation.
What I like best is that it's an anthology, so if the work of one poet is too obscure or abstract for me, I can just turn the page.
I love the poetry of Richard Blanco.
And Jane Kenyon. Well, enough good cannot be said of Jane Kenyon. Her poem Happiness is a touchstone for me.
And if your poetry taste runs to Dr. Seuss, or Ogden Nash, or Shel Silverstein, well thats' some rollicking good stanzas.
Those of you who find beauty in the Psalms, or Shakespeare, or Keats, have at it. Keats famously said truth is beauty but he didn't say there was but one of each.
And while you may not think of Homer's Odyssey as poetry, it is.
The Iliad too.
There's a wealth to read and remember. Don't spend time with poets or poetry that doesn't resonate with you. If you "don't understand" a poem, read another one. Or another poet. Or look for poetry designed for younger readers. Just cause you're old doesn't mean you have to give up kids books. Robert Louis Stevenson's poem about swings is with me to this day.
My favorite poem of all time is called We Are Going to Mars by Nikki Giovanni and I had the experience of a lifetime listening to her speak the poem aloud here in New York at Symphony Space.
A good poem is one that illuminates your world.
That's the ONLY measure of poetry in my opinion.