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  1. What a cool idea – live-blogging a reading! I’m a scrawler-on-the-page sort of a reader and it’s usually only after I’ve finished the whole thing and then gone back over the scrawls that I get a big picture of the book. Wonder how live-blogging would work on that dynamic? Thanks for sharing – this sounds like a great collection, definitely on my to-read list! Nic


    1. Glad you liked this experiment! Yeah, it’s not so good on the broad overview, but I figure Kristin will do a better job with that, anyway. My main criterion is to get people excited about reading poetry (and this book in particular).


      1. I think live-blogging works better for the solitary! Mine would be jammed with children and ridiculous events.

        Diane Lockward was a good choice and match for you.


        1. Mine would be jammed with children and ridiculous events.
          Which to us solitary types would be really interesting to read about!


    1. Great post, Kristin! I would like to see you live-blog such a day for real some time, with or without snatches of reading among the chaos.

      That’s cool that you got a prompt out of the post! Do share the result if it turns out well.


  2. Oh oh oh. Maybe I could read some poems in between managing baby inputs and outputs…


    1. You should! Poems are great for fitting into the interstices… well, except for epics, of course.


  3. Damn, I wish my copy would hurry up and arrive!


    1. Me too! I’m especially interested in your reaction to the massage poem.


  4. i like what you’ve done! it very closely mimics how our minds work, i think — the exchange of inner awareness about inner thoughts and concentration on something external:

    “The heat effect from my morning shower has almost entirely worn off, and the cold and damp are beginning to get to me. But listen: ‘I watch my mother// grow down, as if she carries/ a burden of basket, as if/ already greeting the earth.’ Simply a magnificent poem.”

    I have this on my shelf and have been intending to read it. And now I will!!


    1. Cool! You might want to savor it a bit more slowly than I did, I don’t know. For me, it’s always a toss-up as to which is the better reading style: a slow, attentive read-through at one go that allows one to see the poems in context, or reading a book over the course of weeks, one or two poems at a time, to give each one space in memory and imagination. It might be interesting to blog the latter style, too! (Glad this post worked for you, though.)


      1. i tend to do them in one or two sittings. not many things in the world i’ve tackled with proper pacing. :)


  5. …and I was sure I had this on my shelf. Have ordered it now.



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