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3 reasons to read poetry. Editor's Notes #142
April 02, 2013

"[T]he poem itself is neither the philosophic cliché,
nor the mere description of the thing, the incident;
it is relating of the two, the finding of the big in the little;
it is what Blake called seeing 'a World in a grain of sand'."

--Earle Birney

In this issue:

1. Three reasons to read poetry
2. Tickled my funnybone
3. Interesting Web site

1. Three reasons to read poetry
April is poetry month in some jurisdictions. I advocate for poetry. Here are three reasons to read poetry.

1. Compressed language
Poets use the fewest words possible to say what is most important. Pick up a book of poetry and you are likely to face challenging ideas line after line. The language is also likely to stay with you.

2. Rhythm
Poets have a natural sense of rhythm when it comes to language. Soak yourself in poetry and some of that sense rubs off on you.

3. Linked ideas
Look again at the Earle Birney quote at the top of this newsletter. Poets take one thing and put it beside another to force new connections in our minds. Read poetry to get a fresh look at the world you live in.


2.Tickled my funnybone
A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.


3. Interesting Web site
It's poetry month. Here are thirty ideas to take you through a month of poetry.

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