Poems in Your (Virtual) Pocket

Happy Poem In Your Pocket Day.

Since I can neither slip one into your pockets nor pluck one from mine to read to you, I figure this is a good spot to put ’em. (Also, reaching into other peoples’ pockets is weird and sort of creepy. If you’re going to participate, I don’t recommend this course of action unless you know the people very well.)

First up, go clicky over to Tor.com to read Catherynne M. Valente’s gorgeous “What the Dragon Said: A Love Story”

Second, one of my old favorites. John Donne’s “A Valediction Forbidding Mourning.”

I should expound a bit about both of them. I could; I will; I might. However, the first reading of a poem is, to me, a personal thing. I don’t like going into them with my thoughts colored by someone else’s analysis, looking for this reference, that turn of phrase, because I was told to watch for it. It doesn’t so much diminish the poem as it takes me out of it, interrupts the flow of words as I would have read them.

So. Go forth and read, and if you like, come back here and tell me what you think. I’ll save my yattering for the comments.

This entry was posted in poetry and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.