Friday, December 31, 2010

Ways to Enjoy a Poetry Book

I wrote this poem from a prompt by Big Tent Poetry.  This is my first time participating in one of their prompts.  This week's assignment was to write a list poem, so here is mine.

Ways to Enjoy a Poetry Book
flip it open
fan yourself
slowly read
a stanza aloud
in a foreign accent
in a whisper
in a chilling tone
peer into its window
when no one is looking
read early dawn
when no one is awake
read at dusk
by street light
hear the raspy,
or soft
sound of the speaker's voice
breathe in the smell of paper
musty paper, sweet-smelling paper
wet paper, crayon-colored paper
venture out into a rainstorm
use your book
as an umbrella
stack it
on top of a dictionary
toss it up
to know if it bounces
when it falls
open it up
like an accordion
and listen


  1. the last line is great for a list of things to do with a poetry book -- "and listen". yes!

    welcome to the big tent!!

  2. Also love the last image of book as instrument - nice job!

  3. So many things we do with poetry, yet each poem asks only that we take a moment to listen. Great idea and response to the prompt,


  4. Love this, Jade! Especially all those gorgeous papers. So glad you're joining in the Big Tent fun. Happy New Year!

  5. This is exquisite, Jade. I look forward to reading more of your work and enjoyed your "About" as well.

    Happy New Year.

  6. Coming back to your "About"--I read the profile after...I think I could have written it. Lots in common.

  7. Oh Jade this is just beautiful. I really enjoyed reading and I look forward to more of your poetry.

    A very happy new year to you. x

  8. no kidden... beautiful....thanks for sharing your words

  9. So simple, yet so utterly magnificent. It flows in an almost rustic, yet poetic manner. I can't stop reading it.

    New follower, dear. (:

  10. It is nice to meet you and thank you all so much for your beautiful comments!! Wishing you a poetic, inspiring new year. :-)

  11. This is terrific, Jade....simply wonderful.

  12. A wonderful list poem... as we move into the "Kindle" age, you've formed thoughts about books in general (and poetry books, especially) that I just can't give up.



  13. Cute poem... I especially like the beginning!