I really enjoyed January’s experiment in reading poetry. Not only was it good to read poetry in a way that I haven’t really done before – that is, a lot more intently, in the way that you focus on reading prose from beginning to end, rather than dipping in and out – but each collection was enjoyable and stimulating (though some a little tougher than others).
An unexpected pleasure has been the new-found rhythm of reading poetry: I’ve designated travelling to work in the mornings poetry time (as opposed to all the other reading that I’ve continued, obviously), and there’s something very pleasing about having this little ritual now. How you read poetry is very different to how you read prose, and I’ve really savoured the almost meditative nature of reading just five or six poems, as slowly as I like, on the tube in the mornings. I highly recommend it.
So, February’s poetry:
T.S. Eliot, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats (Faber & Faber, 1962)
Gillian Allnutt, Lintel (Bloodaxe Books, 2001)
Saul Williams, She (MTV Books, 1999)
Saul Williams, Said the Shotgun to the Head (MTV Books, 2003)