I'm an enthusiastic reader, across pretty broad boundaries; literary fiction is probably my favorite, but I also enjoy good sci-fi/speculative fiction, mysteries and thrillers as well as quite of bit of non-fiction, including history, science and true crime. What I've never been able to manage though, is to even read, let alone enjoy poetry. [more inside]
What poems / readings would you recommend for a 50th Anniversary? My parents have been having health issues so I would prefer to avoid the usual "ha ha you're falling apart" joke poems about pills and getting infirm. They are somewhat stoic but have a good sense of humor.
I have a faint recollection of reading an essay by C. S. Lewis, in which he discusses reading poetry, and suggests moving one's lips while reading. Does this ring any bells? [more inside]
Of course, the real answer is most books, but I'm looking for something a little more specific... [more inside]
I'm publishing a chapbook of poems this month, and I'd like to do a short reading when I visit the SF Bay Area at the beginning of August. I'm looking for a small, intimate venue where I can host this public event. [more inside]
Asking for a friend: She has been asked to do a reading at her sister's wedding in a few weeks. She does not want to use anything biblical or from Shakespeare. Rhyming is ok, but it doesn't have to, and not epically long. The important and tricky part - she'd like it to be on the theme of sisters, but wedding appropriate. Help?
I'm reading a poem for my grandmother's memorial service. I want to find something I like that will also get my mother's OK. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good poetry primer? [more inside]
This year one of my goals is to read two books a week, help me make sure I get the good ones! [more inside]
I'm looking for a particular recording of Alan Ginsberg reading America. It was on a mix tape I lost many years ago, and the particular moment that stands out is when he says "America I am the Scottsboro boys", someone in the (high as a kite and raucous) audience shouts out "you are the Scottsboro boys!" Any pointers would be helpful, either to purchasable media or to online video.
I would like to spread the word on a release party of sorts for a small publication that specializes in experimental poetry, literature, and conceptual writing. [more inside]
I am turning 27 in two days. Inspired by this, I want to ask for your help in compiling a list of poems that celebrate turning older each year. [more inside]
Where can I find audio by actors with awesome voices reading various stuff? [more inside]
MIKE ROMOTH slacks in Seattle. [more inside]
How would I listen to Wordsworth's poetry like Wordsworth would have recited it? [more inside]
What are your favorite passages to read aloud to someone? [more inside]
What are some recommendations for poetry appropriate for a 3rd grade reading level? This can be either works by a single poet or anthologies. [more inside]
What are some good poems to read aloud, that take the form of direct address? [more inside]
I'm looking for inspiring short readings (poems? selections from essays?) loosely organized around the themes of freedom from oppression. Bonus points if they're fun to read and hear, building to a nice crescendo. [more inside]
I'm reading more poetry lately and am wondering what poets/poems have a similar vibe to Murakami. I love his vivid language and surreal spins on daily life. [more inside]
I've been asked to give a reading at a friend's wedding, so I'm looking for a poem that would be appropriate. Ideally, it should be modern (written after 1900) and sweet, but not sexual, religious, schmaltzy, or emetic. Most suggestions online are variations of Maya Angelou's "Touched By An Angel". I found the previous two AskMe questions on this topic helpful, and I have some ideas, but I'm hoping to generate a few more. [more inside]
How do you read books of poetry? [more inside]
What book of poetry, published in the last 25 years, has meant the most to you personally -- the book you have found yourself returning to again and again?