Monday, August 7, 2017

The Best of Poetry: Thoughts that Breathe and Words that Burn (In Two Hundred Poems) compiled by Rudolph Amsel and Teresa Keyne (2014)

The Best of Poetry: Thoughts that Breathe and Words that Burn (In Two Hundred Poems)The Best of Poetry: Thoughts that Breathe and Words that Burn by Rudolph Amsel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There are so many incredible poems gathered here. I discovered some new poems and poets (Charlotte Mew's The Call has stuck in my mind ever since I read it) and re-discovered some old favorites (John Donne, Wordsworth). My mother-in-law kept a button jar. She's had to move into a care home, and we found the jar when we were cleaning out her house. The button jar was full of old buttons, new buttons, strangely shaped buttons, buttons of all colors, shapes and sizes, fantasy button, plain old buttons. That's how I would describe this anthology: it's like a button jar. Not every button in the button jar was beautiful; not every poem in here was meaningful to me right now. Like those buttons, I may appreciate even the non-beautiful poem at some future point in my life. That what makes poetry so cool.


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