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Sunday, May 5, 2013

So, what's poetry and why should readers read it? How to Read Poetry 101

Over at tor.com, fantasy poet Amal El-Mohtar gives a reader's guide: How to Read Poetry 101

  1. How to Read Poetry 101: Whys and Wherefores 
 "Over the next four weeks I want to transform you from a sheepish non-reader of poetry into a curious appreciator of it."

The interesting part, though, is that she invited readers to read a sample poem ("Moral" by Alicia Cole, from Goblin Fruit) and then leave their opinions.  An interesting discussion showing just how different people read different things from a poem I don't think I've seen this deep a discussion of a single poem for quite a while!

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The poet doesn't invent. He listens. ~Jean Cocteau