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Miss_Sub said:If you like vulnerable and powerful, also check out Adrienne Rich. Granted, she writes on more feminist themes, but itís always powerful and wonderfully imagined.

I have read Rich's work ... you are right ... she is strongly feminist ... also resonates strongly with me ...

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Hey all ... been a while since I posted ... thought I'd share a poetry book I just finished. It is The Day's Light Reddens the Leaves of the Copper Beech by Stephen Dobyns. This is the first poetry book of his that I have read. To me he is an interesting blend of Mary Oliver and Billy Collins. His poetry can be moving emotionally and stirring intellectually. Some are very humorous, like Parable: Horse. One part of the book is titled Sixteen Sonnets for Isabel ... it brought me to tears. Each of the poems is about his wife finding out she has cancer. It goes thru the emotional rollercoaster that he felt as he watched his wife get sicker and sicker, then die. I would recommend the book for its variety in poetry styles and his poetic range. I for one will definitely be reading more of his work in the future.

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I have been reading Strength in Silhouette by T.L. Cooper ... it is a collection of poetry describing the challenges and joys of being a woman. There is much focusing on being in and then leaving an abusive relationship. The main signet of her poetry is the powerful use of repetition ... sometimes a beginning word ... a slightly altered phrase or altered line ... she uses it to such great effect.

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Oh Mary Oliver ... I love her ... I have read Dobyns ... The Day's Last Light Reddens the Leaves of the Copper Beech was an excellent collection ... he also reminded me a lot of Oliver's poetry. My poetry prof was a big time Mary Oliver fan and turned me onto her poetry ...

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do you guys insist on it being a paper book? i do. i love reading in the bath, or on my front step during isolation. i'm reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. she wrote eat, pray, love, if you remember the film with Julia Roberts. not a poetry book per se, but definitely within the realms of magic through creativity <3

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Sky_dancer said:do you guys insist on it being a paper book? i do. i love reading in the bath, or on my from step during isolation. i'm reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. she wrote eat, pray, love, if you remember the film with Julia Roberts. not a poetry book per se, but definitely within the realms of magic through creativity <3

I usually start with paperback ... but if I really love a book I will splurge and get the hardback ... I prefer to have actual poetry books than ebooks ... because I write all over the poems I read ... underlining ... writing comments in the margin ... capturing the experience ...

Need to check out this book ... thanks for recommending

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LilDragonFly said:

I usually start with paperback ... but if I really love a book I will splurge and get the hardback ... I prefer to have actual poetry books than ebooks ... because I write all over the poems I read ... underlining ... writing comments in the margin ... capturing the experience ...


i buy more than i read. i'm a very slow reader, and thinker actually. but i like taking my time with things. i've been reading this book for a month and i'm half way through. i get inside what i read on the page. i'm looking to do a reading retreat to fuel my writing later.

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Sky_dancer said:

i buy more than i read. i'm a very slow reader, and thinker actually. but i like taking my time with things. i've been reading this book for a month and i'm half way through. i get inside what i read on the page. i'm looking to do a reading retreat to fuel my writing later.


I buy way too many books ... keep them all ... running out of space to store them ... ... I too love writing retreats ... the best ones I have gone to are at Kripalu ... a yoga institute in the Berkshires in Massachusetts ... there I get to do the two things I love most ... writing and yoga ...

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LilDragonFly said:

I buy way too many books ... keep them all ... running out of space to store them ... ... I too love writing retreats ... the best ones I have gone to are at Kripalu ... a yoga institute in the Berkshires in Massachusetts ... there I get to do the two things I love most ... writing and yoga ...


there's a lovely yoga channel on the tube of you, Yoga with Adrienne, and i also love doing qi gong, with Lee Holden, also on the tubes of you.

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I'm rather unfocused when it comes to reading poetry collections (durgh...,) but for awhile lately I revisited Dickinson's Complete Poems. It's one of my very favorite books, considering it a primer and source of spiritual cleansing. Might consider venturing into somebody "new," once the library's are available again.

And since tea is mentioned, I generally drink black (at the moment usually either lapsang or darjeeling,) but also really loving peppermint.

Since Adrienne Rich was mentioned, are there any volumes recommended? I've been interested, based on some pieces in one of my Norton anthologies.

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