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Snowflake Challenge Day 6

I skipped day 5 because I leave a lot of feedback anyway, at least when I can.

Day 6

In your own space, create your own challenge. What’s something you want to see more people doing in fandom? Is there something you’ve tried that you think other people would enjoy if they gave it a go? Dare your friends to try it out, and have fun with it. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I couldn't think of anything beyond the wish I made on day 2 for people to leave feedback, and of course, that's day 5's challenge, but then I thought maybe it'd be a small personal challenge for me that people could help with.

So, I have never been the biggest poetry fan. I have some poets/poems I love, and I wrote a whole damn 31,000-word fic about Bucky and poetry, and a lot of my story titles come from poetry, not to mention a lot of epigraphs, so you'd think I'd actually be a huge poetry fan, but it was always a bit opaque to me, for the most part. So my challenge would be to help me get more knowledgeable about poetry, or point me to some of your favorites or things you think would help me grok it more. Basically edumacate me.

I've really enjoyed reading some of Richard Siken's poems online, though I know more is available in books. I can probably find some things at the library, but if you have online recs, that's great. Modern poems are fine, as are older and classical (Browning was always intriguingly opaque to me, and of course, I read a lot of Rilke for Things We Lost in the War).

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Jan. 11th, 2016 02:08 am (UTC)
I'm not much of a poetry person myself. A lot of it just doesn't seem to sink into my brain. That being said, I adore Dorothy Parker and will happily read her poems for hours.

I also take every chance I get to rec Kim Addonizio. Google her and start with What Do Women Want? and Good Girl.

Also, it's funny you mention Browning as I have to re-read My Last Duchess every once in a while.
Jan. 11th, 2016 02:28 am (UTC)
I am also not much of a poetry person, usually, but I wholeheartedly recommend this collection:

Mercy by Dvorah Simon
Jan. 12th, 2016 11:05 pm (UTC)
I want to be better at poetry than I am, but I am honestly terrible at it. However, Mary Oliver is extremely accessible to me and also feels like there is more I could tease out if I were Better At Poems. This page has a handful of hers and the first one is a really good example:


She also has several that are just super spot on about grief that I think you might respond to.
Jan. 13th, 2016 07:17 am (UTC)
You cannot go wrong with Mary Oliver. All nature, all the time and magnificent, always.
Billy Collins. Very accessible but great stuff. Start with his early stuff, Picnic Lightning, Questions about Angels, Art of Drowning, Sailing Alone Around the Room.
Margaret Atwood
Ted Kooser - writes a lot about nature, wrote a book with a friend on their morning walks.

Some others - WS Merwin (can be obscure, for some reason he resonates with me), Phillip Levine, Lucia Perillo, Naomi Shihab Nye, Kenneth Rexroth (& his Chinese & Japanese translations).

I have a bunch of individual poems that I've found that I love on my work computer. I can send them/some to you if you'd like.

I also have a lot of Oliver's, Collins's, Kooser's, and Merwin's books & some great anthologies if you'd like to borrow.
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