Question Tuesday: Poetry

Right now I’m reading Luci Shaw’s Harvesting Fog as the (probable) book for my book review assignment in my Creating Poetry class this semester. It’s wonderful. It’s a way of seeing the Divine in the commonplace. It’s refreshing. I find in my fast-paced life, taking time to discipline myself—and yes, it is at times hard work because I don’t want to slow down my mind to engage—to read poetry is more crucial now—perhaps especially for Christians—then perhaps in any era prior to ours.

Question: Who are the poets you enjoy? What do you like about their work? Sound quality? Opportunity for reflection? Playfulness?

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4 Responses to Question Tuesday: Poetry

  1. Lois A Cheney – a cause for reflection that comes from a kick in the gut! While I enjoy poetry, her one volume is the only book of poetry that I have read from start to finish multiple times.

    • reneamac says:

      Yes! You’ve posted some of her stuff before and it made quite an impression on me. Thanks for the great suggestion!

  2. Val says:

    John Updike’s Seven Stanzas at Easter is my hands-down favorite poem (until I get another). I think I just appreciate his word choice, his insight, and his pacing.

    • reneamac says:

      Mmmm, yes. I hadn’t come across that before. It is quite nice. His use of detailed and jarring (but in the good sense) imagery is what struck me most, I think. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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