|Tyndale faces his dissertation committee|
When the Tudors and my dissertation work came to an end, so did my foray into the world of beauty blogs. And while I can only remember one or two ways to wear my favorite lipstick, I do recall one of the things I picked up from all those nondescript beauty blogs I plowed through: what the word "haul" means in blog/vlog terms. a large assortment of stuff acquired at one time. Usually said bloggers/vloggers would show their haul and their first impressions of products.
This morning as I was preparing to wedge my new poetry books I received for Christmas on my stuffed shelves, I thought, "If it's done with make up, why not with books?" So here you have it: samples from my first ever poetry haul.
River Flow: New & Selected Poems by David Whyte
I've just dipped into this a bit, rereading a few old favorites and nibbling at some new-to-me poems including this one:
THE WELL OF GRIEF
Those who will not slip beneath
the still surface on the well of grief,
turning down through its black water
to the place we cannot breathe,
will never know the source from which we drink,
the secret water, cold and clear,
and find in the darkness glimmering,
the small round coins,
thrown by those who wished for something else.
Selected Poems by Kerry Hardie
Although I've only discovered the poetry of Kerry Hardie in the past year or so, she's been well known and much lauded in Ireland for several years. I've posted one of her poems before on this blog and have often thought about posting the much longer "Sheep Fair Day' which I love. You can listen to the audio of her reading that poem, found in this book, here.
feminine gospels by Carol Ann Duffy
This book is somewhat of a departure from the type of poetry I normally read. While I admire the work of the UK's current poet laureate, the types of poems I usually read tend to be like looking at a snap shot in time through a magnifying glass and focusing on a particular moment. This collection of poems is more narrative in structure, each telling the story of a particular woman-- Elizabeth I looking back on her long but lonely reign as queen, that prolific author Anonymous, and one of my favorites, the thin woman trapped inside the fat woman trying to get out.
I have to confess that even though I'm including this book as part of my Christmas haul, I don't actually have it in my hands yet as it had to be ordered from the UK. I was hoping it would arrive in time to read tonight by the light of the first full moon of the new year and while there's still time for our mailman to come through for me, I won't hold my breath. Instead, I'm looking forward to February's full moon when I can read lunar poetry from the likes of Ted Hughes, Denise Levertov, Philip Larkin, May Swenson, R.S. Thomas, Carol Ann Duffy (the editor) and others.