Holly Wren Spaulding suggests that reading poetry is a way to keep our poetic work vital even when we can’t get to the page.
Reading poetry, we stand on the shore of the deep river of words and push our little boat out into the current. Reading poetry keeps us circled close to the fire of our work, kindling near to hand.
Here are three kinds of books in my stacks just now.
Collections by Individual Poets
Winter Morning Walks by Ted Kooser
Dead Man’s Float by Jim Harrison
The Grace of Necessity by Samuel Green
Joy collected by Christian Wiman
The Maverick Poets edited by Steve Kowit
Poetry 180 collected by Billy Collins
Deep Dives Before Bed
Now and Then by Robert Hass
A Long High Whistle by David Biespiel
The Poet’s Glossary by Edward Hirsch
What books are keeping your practice lively?