July 2, 2011
After I finish this post, I'm going to squeeze into the closet where I keep Erin's American flag (the one that flew over the capital on her birthday in 2006) and put it out to start the holiday weekend.
Yesterday, I watched this TED video talk by Matt Cutts, called Try Something New for 30 Days. I have seen people do thirty day challenges on Facebook--giving up sugar or taking photographs, but until I listened to Cutts explain what you might get out of such an endeavor, I wasn't moved to try.
I sent the talk to Davis to gather his thoughts. We mulled it over. Walter, my mom, and I considered the possibilities during happy hour last night. If you know Walter at all, you know what his suggestion for the next 30 days was, but instead, I decided on a poetry challenge (not writing, reading). So, until the end of July, I am going to read at least one poem each day.
I'm not exactly sure what that will entail. I have never been entirely comfortable with poetry (especially the way I was taught in public school). I do think, however, I may be missing out on something if I don't give it a shot. I can't say I even know where to begin. This is where I need your help.
I would love your suggestions. You don't have to start with haikus just to make it easy on me, but likewise, I'm probably not up to tackling Beowulf or Leaves of Grass straight out of the gate either. If you have something that you think I should add to my list send the title and poet to me (hopefully, I can find a link online, if I don't already have it on my scant poetry shelf.). I will add a column on my left bar to let you know what I have tried.