I never got poetry. Not growing up when we were forced to study it, not when I was out of school and took poetry lessons and not when I picked up a poetry book. Somehow my mind didn’t get the rhythm or the rhyme. It made no sense to me.
That was until I picked up ‘light filters in’ by Caroline Kaufman. Suddenly poetry made sense. It made so much sense that I felt the poems did a better job at describing how I felt than I ever could. I finished the book in one sitting. A little surprised I actually read a whole poetry book.
It happened again this week when I decided to pick up the Goodreads poetry winner from this year. Intrigued by the title ‘the witch doesn’t burn in this one’ I started in Amanda Lovelace’s book. And again I finished it in one sitting. Even though I didn’t identify with this book as much as the previous one, it is one of the most powerful books I have read this year. And I think for us women this book has some powerful messages to share.
And lastly, this morning, I closed the book ‘Nocturnal’ by Wilder Poetry. This book was a bit on the dark too, all about love and loss. But still beautiful.
I guess I can say for sure that I was wrong. I do like poetry, I just never found the poetry for me. And now I know that the poetry that resonates with me is not the literature kind. Not the one with metaphors that take ages to decipher. It were the poems about love and