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February 27, 2017


In her book, Tiny Beautiful Things author Cheryl Strayed AKA Dear Sugar advised that all people in their twenties should ‘go to a bookstore and buy ten books of poetry and read them each five times, because the truth is inside.’

For reasons I didn’t understand the idea resonated with me so strongly. I mean, all anyone does it give people my age advice, but this advice, I couldn’t forget about. I’ve always enjoyed the idea of poetry, but never really read any, even the classics. I just felt it wasn’t for me. I was too middle class, too cynical, I couldn’t write my own (though I rarely tried and was often happy with the results when I did) and, probably my biggest reason for avoiding poetry; I thought wasn’t smart enough to understand it. I’ve decided to set that idea aside and pursue a gentle experiment in human expansion. I took the book voucher my father gave me and bought ten books of poetry. They are;


1.      ‘Milk and Honey’ by Rupi Kaur

2.      ‘The Waste Land’ by TS Eliot

3.      ‘Envelope Poems’ by Emily Dickinson

4.      ‘The Complete Poems of John Keats’ by John Keats

5.      ‘The Collected Poems of Sylvia Plath’ by Sylvia Plath

6.      ‘Refusing Heaven’ by Jack Gilbert

7.      ‘Dream Work’ by Mary Oliver

8.      ‘The Complete Poems of Walt Whitman’ by Walt Whitman

9.      ‘Collected Poems of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’ by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

10.  ‘The Essential Rumi’ the Coleman Banks translation of Rumi


I'm going to be trying to read an hour of poetry a day, not aiming too high, as is my usual Achilles heel. I’ll be updating my progress as I go. Wish me luck. I hope I find the truth.

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