Recently, my browsing led to The Letter You Always Wanted to Write, published by The Guardian. These are some "Wow" and thoughtful letters about topics that are extremely personal, but that will have resonance with almost anyone. I wish I were so articulate in expressing gratitude or in honestly explaining my feelings, positive or negative.
And poetry. I love poetry, but over the years, my reading and rereading of poems--that was a habit for most of my life--has declined. I mean to remedy that. My favorite poems are the ones I've read for decades, since I was a child, really, and reading my mother's poetry books, most of which were beyond my abilities. No matter, I fell in love with poems.
My knowledge of more modern poets, those who have written mainly in this new century, is more limited, but that's OK. There are volumes of poems by the poets I love, enough to keep me occupied.
I know many of you love the poems of Mary Oliver, and I found this article that gives insight into her private life and is a kind of love letter to her partner of 40 years.
"Read poetry every day of your life. Poetry is good because if flexes muscles you don't often use enough. Poetry expands the senses and keeps them in prime condition. It keeps you aware of your nose, your eye, your ear, your tongue, your hand, and above all, poetry is compacted metaphor and simile. Ideas lie everywhere through the poetry books, yet how rarely have I heard teachers recommending them for browsing."
A timely reminder.
I've been enjoying myself lately, choosing poems to include with my letters and lines to include on postcards.
This morning, I received an email from author Howard Eisenberg, the author of the Guess Who series of poetry books for children.
Here is an example from Guess Who Zoo:
The poems are enjoyable and fun for children and adults and would make great gifts.
Parents' Choice Award
And from Adorable Scoundrels:
Mothers will certainly appreciate these short (and totally accurate) poems!
You can find out more about Howard here.