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Friday, July 25, 2008

Random question for those of you who read this blog and are under 18: Do you like poetry? If you do, what poets do you like?

I ask because I had lunch with a friend the other day and afterward, I got to thinking about the time she and I were looking through one of those huge anthologies they make you read when you get to college and take your first literature course, and she got to talking about poetry she'd read in high school and I had to confess I'd never had to read any. I sure wish we had, but instead I had to read The Fountainhead AND Atlas Shrugged in order to graduate from high school.*

Also, I don't know what's made Morgan Freeman pop up in everything recently, but doesn't he have the best voice? His voice-overs for all those Olympic ads are actually making me interested in the Summer Olympics, which I like far less than the Winter Olympics, which have skiing. (And, all right, skiing crashes. I know! But there, I've admitted it. What can I say? I'm old enough to remember ABC's Wide World of Sports and the big old ski crash during the opening. It always made me feel better whenever I had to go skiing and ran into a tree. (And I always ran into a tree. Always.))**

Meg Cabot is always hilarious and awesome about everything, but I especially like this: "Usually when you find the right story, you love it so much, you want to finish it (well, sort of. 99% of writing is keeping your butt stuck in the chair while the rest of your friends are out having fun. Try to think of how good you’ll feel when you get paid for it write the words THE END. That always helps me)."

Jennifer Smith, author of The Comeback Season, is having a really unique contest that really runs with her book--the grand prize is tickets to a Chicago Cubs baseball game!

*Yes, for real. And yes, both of them.

**You can find logo shots and Jim McKay's voice over ("and the agony of defeat") on YouTube, but not the actual opening. Though you can read about the skiing clip that I've babbled over. What in the world did I do before the internet? What did any of us do????


OpenID trudeau1031 said...

I hate poetry! Don't read it at all.

July 25, 2008 11:26 AM  
Blogger ashlynch10 said...

Agreed!!! Poetry...blah, I hate it. I hate writing it, I hate reading, I just hate it!

Reading on the other hand...hahaha

hey now, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged are two great books...no need to sound mean about them :D haha, just kidding.

July 26, 2008 11:25 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

I'm 17, and yes, I love poetry. My absolute favorite poet is Emily Dickinson. I also love Billy Collins, Shel Silverstein, Edna St Vincent Millay, and of course Shakespeare.

I post poetry on my blog almost every Friday. You're welcome to view some of it here: http://misserinmarie.blogspot.com/search/label/poetry

July 26, 2008 11:27 PM  
Blogger ambeen said...

I never read poetry in high school. Maybe if they had made me it wouldn't be such a struggle to grasp at times in my college courses. Start 'em early I say.

July 27, 2008 3:30 PM  
Blogger A Literate Musician said...

I love Emily Dickinson.

July 27, 2008 9:08 PM  
OpenID runforamsterdam said...

i love poetry, if i'm in the mood.
my favorite poets are sylvia plath, anne sexton, emily dickinson, and, my favorite FAVORITe...patti smith.
the words behind the music are the best part.
i've read so many of her poems.
they're awesome.

July 28, 2008 8:02 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Scott said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on poetry!!

July 29, 2008 12:28 PM  

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