- Writing the poetry book review
I don’t “finish reading poetry books.” I have no desire to read an entire book of one person’s poetry. Hell, I lack desire to read an entire book of collections of poetry! When I want to read poetry, I read a few online and then walk away, because I typically don’t hold onto poems if I read twenty at a time.
Also, does anyone really want me writing a book review? I’ve only written one, and that was for my dad’s co-authored psychology memoir six years ago. Now I have to review a book full of poems and find recurring themes and keep my ears open for rhyme and…
Fourteen-year-old Megan spends recess and choir class in a classroom on the third floor. Lined paper remains untouched as Megan attempts to conceptualize a poem analysis that will fulfill her teacher’s request. She does not like handing in late assignments, but she had no choice when presented with this one; not even her dad could understand it, and he was an English major. It is only on her third day of head-wracking and crying that her teacher finally says, “Just don’t worry about it. Your grade will be fine, go to recess.”
- Not having a known poetic “style”
We all know what a Grace Poem(TM) looks like, and what a Jasmine Poem(TM) look like, but I don’t have a history of taking workshops and being published so that people know what kind of shit I write. I don’t even know if there’s a theme or motif in my work the way there is in Julia’s. Are my poems supposed to look similar? Are they supposed to sound similar? What if they sound too much like someone else?
Regarding poetry, what makes you guys anxious?