Day 10: A poem from your favourite poet
How can anyone have a favourite poet? It's like expecting you to choose between your children. Best hope is to shoehorn a few of them into the thirty days.
'Earthed' is one of my favourite poems by one of my favourite poets, the late U A Fanthorpe, and here beautifully read by her also. I was lucky enough to see/hear the best Poet Laureate we never had and her partner, Dr Rosie Bailey, do a lunchtime reading together and it was blissful.
Day 11: A poem you don't understand a word of
'God Full of Mercy' by Yehuda Amichai
I don't understand a word of this in Hebrew. At first I didn't understand all of it in English either. It's a riddle, after all. But as with any poem that has integrity, with each reading it revealed more of itself. And that's the thing - you don't have to analyse every word in a poem. Just give it time and the benefit of the doubt.
Day 12: A poem that's a guilty pleasure
What's a guilty pleasure when it comes to poetry? Being a closet Pan Ayres fan? Or having a predilection for sumptuously voluptuous verse? This poem is short, sexy, clever and pleasurable, and I'm guilty of loving it.
'The Connoisseuse of Slugs' by Sharon Olds
- Deborah Harvey Poetry
- Bristol , United Kingdom
- I am co-director of the Leaping Word Poetry Consultancy, which provides advice for poets on writing, editing and publishing, as well as qualified counselling support for those exploring personal issues in their work - https://theleapingword.com. My fifth poetry collection, Learning Finity, is now available from Indigo Dreams or directly from me.