I was staggered by the project, and I’m awed by your completion of it. Reading a couple hundred pages of prose in a day is something I do often, but I seldom read poetry at a rate of more than one or two pages per day. NaPoWriMo is exhausting to me. All those poems every day!

I’m intrigued by the idea of reading locally, not least because it seems manageable. Catching up on what the world’s poets have been doing for the past eighty years does not seem possible, for someone who reads poetry as slowly as I do, but catching up on Willamette Valley poets — that might happen, some of it.

I feel like I’m just learning how to read modern poetry. The fact that so much of it is nearly impossible to memorize — no regular meter or rhyme scheme — is a big stumbling block to me. But I keep at it.