Thursday, February 01, 2024

Some Annotated Reading February 1

I have a new reading project! I saw something on X relating to poet laureates, and one thought led to another, and I began a Poet Laureate reading project. Because who remembers poet laureates from the past? I don't. Or has even heard of them? I haven't. But they were somebody once and deserve to be read. So I'm going to.

First off, the exact title since 1986 has been Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. From 1937 to 1985 the title was Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. But I'm going to lump them altogether as poet laureates

And the first one was Joseph Auslander

Is This The Lark! is my favorite of the Auslander poems I've read. The others, I must say, were lost on me. But this one! It ends with "To think that I should hear and know/The song that Shelley heard, and Shakespeare, long ago!"

Other reading: 


noochinator1 said...

I'm reading 'Breaking and Entering' by Joy Williams, a 1981 novel-- she's kind of a female Donald Barthelme.

Gail Gauthier said...

I will look into that.