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Read: Poetry

One day this past summer, I took out Mary Oliver’s Selected Poetry Vol. II and began to read on the train. In between poems and that magnificent flickering sunlight only train windows create with such consistency, it suddenly occurred to me that I was reading poetry. Most will know that I now write poetry, and probably assume that my love for poetry is a given. But truthfully, reading and writing poetry was not always a restful practice. As someone whose interest in poetry came about through my studies, I have to say it was hard to make the leap from reading for school to reading for leisure. Poetry was associated with analysis, meticulous close reading for deconstruction, and the arduous process of constructing essay theses. John Hollander, Swan and Shadow Poetry is often a daunting genre to access, considered by most to be either too heavy and difficult to understand, or an overrated, overanalyzed slightly pretentious field. I can understand the reaction. Most people have dropped it after high school where they had to read …