I am delighted to welcome the Bookworms Carnival to my site for a special carnival of POETRY.
As you probably know, Savvy Verse and Wit has been sponsoring a month-long National Poetry blog tour! In addition to the poetry links below, make sure you check out that link for a detailed listing of all the ways that poetry has been honored this month around the blogosphere. (more…)
Early next week I hope to post a Bookworms Carnival highlighting poetry.
If you’ve recently reviewed a poetry collection, written about a favorite poet or poem, or discussed some nonfiction about poetry, send me a link.
If you haven’t yet written something recently (or ever!), you still could. Send me your links before Monday at noon (Central Daylight Time).
That’s all you need to do. I’ll collect the links and post on Tuesday.
April is National Poetry Month in the United States, but why not celebrate poetry around the globe this month? Whether or not you normally read poetry, pick up a volume of something, be it modern, classic, or ancient. If a volume is too intimidating, just read one poem!
A bonus to this April is I’m hosting a Bookworms Carnival all about Poetry at the end of the month. Read something and write about it on your blog by April 23. Send me the link by emailing rebecca [at] rebeccaread [dot] com (with Bookworms Carnival in the subject line) and I’ll include you in my Carnival. If you don’t feel like reading something new, you could write about your favorite poems or poets as well or you could send an old post. The bottom line is that I’d love to see a variety of poetry poetry: modern, western classics, non-western.
I’m going to be going on a weekend trip and so I won’t be around the next few days to respond to comments, etc. My reading material? The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas and Everyman’s Pocket Poets: William Blake. I’m going to make a point of carrying poetry around with me all month. What about you?
I feel I’m finally getting a balance back between reading and blogging. It felt very good to be unplugged for nearly five days, and I think I may have to do that more often. I’m also trying to shy away from challenges in the coming year. There are so many that have tempted me, but I think I’d rather have freedom to read whatever I want to once I close a book and want to pick up the next. I have enough structure as it is, with the Classics Circuit and book groups and so forth.
I didn’t even respond to comments over my short vacation weekend. It was so refreshing, and yet for some reason, I feel like I was being neglectful. That suggests to me that I’ve been tied to the blog a bit too much, and I think I may make it a habit to not check the blog every once in a while. (Is that just sad?)
I did read a little bit this week, in between the family dinners and my son’s early-birthday picnic (he’s just a few weeks away from age 2). I finished my reread of Beloved, which I loved, and I read a shorter book for my book club.
Because I’ve been away from the blog, I’ve been thinking about why I blog about books to begin with. I’ve wanted to explore what my blog is, and when Lezlie wrote a post pondering how her blog is perceived by her readers a few weeks ago, I put that idea on my radar too. I’m not sure how my readers perceive this blog (that’s a question for another day), but here are some my thoughts on why my blog is what it is, and what I see it as. (more…)