This April, I’m reading one poem per day to celebrate National Poetry Month! I asked you for recommendations, compiled a list of the most promising-sounding works, and have been having great fun with this project ever since! This is the second of six updates, with my thoughts about the most recent five poems I’ve read in each post. You can find my earlier posts for National Poetry Month here.
I have to second the opinion of Mahima @ The Controversies, who recommended not only this poem but nineteen (!!!) more and said it was about dearly loving “someone who is so far from perfect.” That is absolutely what it is about, and for that reason it really stuck in my mind because we all know someone like that. In fact, I would go so far as to say that everyone we love, ourselves included, is so far from perfect. So… yeah. It was very relatable and good.
HOLY SHIT WELL NOW I KNOW WHOSE POETRY I NEED TO READ LOTS MORE OF ASAP. I read this while eating breakfast, which was probably a bad idea, because I ended up sitting in the middle of the dining hall trying not to cry. Gibson’s use of language is so powerful, and the subject of suicide is deeply personal to me. My IRL friend Ellen recommended this to me and I thanked her approximately 23957238235 times because ahhh it was amazing.
I also watched their spoken word performance of the poem, just to shake up my poetry-bingeing routine, and it was equally good. Check it out if you’d like!
The language! The imagery! Those relatable feelings of dying at an early age! OK, maybe that last me is just me. This poem was utterly gorgeous, though, and very sad. One I’d definitely like to try committing to memory.
This was beautiful in both its sadness and its hopefulness! I’d heard a lot about the collection this poem is from, Heaven or This, and knew that Topaz has written a lot about what it’s like to be a girl who loves girls, so I was really looking forward to this poem. It critiques the way girls like us are portrayed in the media, which is something I have also written about quite passionately. Can’t wait to read the rest of her book!
What a quiet little poem about… loneliness? Impatience? I have to admit that I don’t have as many excited flail-y reactions for you here as I did for all the poems above, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t like it. Four astonishingly amazing poems and one merely excellent one is still quite the enjoyable reading streak!
Have you read any of the poems mentioned here, or any by the same authors? Do you have any recommendations for further reading for me based on these works – a sort of “if you liked that, try this” thing? And how are you celebrating National Poetry Month?
P.S. In case you missed it, I reviewed my friend Kate I. Foley’s debut poetry collection earlier this week! You can read my thoughts on Instructions For Flight here!