Saturday, March 15, 2014

Twitterature

What I've been reading (in 140 characters or less)...


Contemporary story of faith. Really commits to capturing moments, which makes the ending Q&A w/ the author a valuable, thematic commentary.

Most accessible poet ever encountered. Great for reading quietly, reading aloud, cheering yourself up & centering yourself down. #wordplay


These books both came from my most recent stroll through the library. I used to visit the library every weekend, and now it's fairly rare. I simply must get back to my roots.




(a fun link-up)


Question - Do you ever read poetry aloud?

I don't think to do it very often. I'm more likely to do so if I can read aloud to someone else. Spoken poetry strikes me in much the same way that audio books do. It's just an entirely different experience than reading to yourself.







17 comments:

  1. I read a Billy Collins poem on a blog last week and it was wonderful -- definitely a poet I have to check out. The only time I read poetry aloud is at my writing group: sometimes besides bringing our own work we bring someone else's poem or story that we've really liked. I think poetry benefits a lot from being read aloud but like you I'm more likely to read it aloud to someone else than to myself.

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    1. Your writing group (which I read a bit more about on your blog) sounds great! What a wonderful community to work with and have around you.

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  2. I really enjoyed When We Were on Fire. :) I do enjoy reading poetry aloud - something about the musicality of it rolling off the tongue. I'm a fan of Tennyson and Mary Oliver. :) Hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. Yes, sometimes I too find poetry to be very musical, flowing. And in glancing at some of Oliver's work, I believe I'm going to have to try more. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  3. I love Billy Collins - I was fortunate enough to hear him speak several years ago and he is so engaging and charismatic when reading his own works aloud. I haven't read Aimless Love yet but I will soon!

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    1. I saw some videos of him reading online - so dynamic! That, with your rave review, have really made me want to seek out a reading.

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  4. I'm sad to say I don't read as much poetry as I'd like. But, you've inspired me to give it a shot. I just requested Aimless Love from the library. I'm excited!

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    1. That's one of my fav parts of twitterature - requesting a ton of new-to-me books from the library. :) What fun!

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  5. I love that you recommended a poetry book - I'd love to read more poetry so thanks for the suggestion!

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    1. I'm not at all a poetry aficionado, but regardless, this collection is really holding my attention. And please return the favor and let me know if you discover any poets that I should try. :)

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  6. I almost never read poetry -- aloud or otherwise. I keep hearing about Billy Collins, maybe I should give it a try!

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    1. I'm pretty erratic with my poetry-reading. I'll go months and months without any desire to touch the stuff and then all of sudden I'm ravenous for it. Though regardless, I find that a page or two is all I can really handle at one sitting.

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  7. I rarely read poetry, but I think that it is always better read aloud from my experience. I just checked out Billy Collins, someone I should have heard of buy haven't. (Did I mention that I never read poetry?) Thanks for mentioning him. I too will have to check the library for one of his books.

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    1. Try https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56Iq3PbSWZY

      You can start at 1:30 if you want to skip the commentary at the beginning and go straight for the poem, though I might recommend listening to the commentary as well. If you listen, let me know what you think.

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    2. I read a few of his poems, but seeing him read this poem was far superior. I really enjoyed it. These poems definitely need to be shared. I went to a lecture once on laughter and humor and research shows that things are much funnier when you are experiencing them with others.

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    3. Also, I have one of his books on hold at the library.

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    4. :) I really, really enjoyed it too.

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