Reviewing Poetry

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  1. I see poetry as something I wouldn’t review, which I guess seems odd. I think part of it is that it intimidates me a little and I think I’m not “getting” it while I don’t feel that way about a regular book (most of the time.
    .-= Jenners´s last blog ..Show Me 5 Saturday: "Whacked" by Jules Asner =-.

    • I think that most people do get stuff out of poetry without realizing it. It will take a bit more to write a review, but I think that’s part of the fun…really delving into the words selected by the poet and their meanings, but I’m overly analytical sometimes.

  2. I’m afraid of poetry, so haven’t bought a book of poems based on a review. I’m hoping my part in National Poetry Month will help me get over my fear.

    • I hope it does too, and I hope that you’ve enjoyed the posts thus far. There are some great poets being highlighted this month.

  3. I think you make a great point about how reading poetry can help convey elements of the craft of writing. I also think that you more than anyone I can think of has been successful in your goal to “entice more people to give it a try and love it as much as I do or at least like it.”

    • Thanks for the compliment. I am trying to spread the word about poetry. I think that it is perceived as something that is always intellectual and for academics, but really it is like any other genre…there are poems that speak more to one set of people than others. You just have to read it to find what you enjoy.

  4. I agree that reviews help me process what I’ve read, and I love sharing books and poems that I love with others, even if they are not always as keen on poetry as I am.

  5. I review poetry for the same reasons I review books: to pull together my thoughts about the work, share my thoughts with my online friends, and maybe even generate some discussion. I’m sure reviews help sell books to some extent, as I’ve purchased books based on blog reviews, but that’s not the point for me.

    I’m curious to see what others have to say about this.