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