Poetry Meme

Lesley tagged me for this a couple of days ago but I haven't had time until now.

What's the first poem you remember reading/hearing/reacting to?

 Ummm....I'm really not sure! I've never read a lot of poetry and I don't really remember reading much as a child.

I was forced to memorize (name of poem) in school and...

In Flander's Field by Lieutenant Colonel John Mcrae - I understand why they made us learn it but good grief! Could they not have taught us all to read it with the way that it's punctuated? It drives me NUTS to hear it read line by line. ARGGG!

I read/don't read poetry because...

Well...I don't read it often. I have trouble with it in part for the same reason I have trouble with short stories. I'm very bad at picking up a book, reading a small portion of it, setting the book down and then letting myself mull over it. I'm just not good at it.

A poem I'm likely to think about when asked about a favorite poem is...

Umm...I don't really *have* a favourite. 

I write/don't write poetry, but...

When I was in the 5th grade we had to write poems and submit them to a province-wide anthology. My poem was one of the ones selected. I think they thought it was cute. I think they were on crack. I'm a horrible poet.

My experience with reading poetry differs from my experience with reading other types of literature.....

I think what attracts me to literature are the stories. And it's not that poetry isn't about moments in time but that's all they are - moments. I want more. I want the whole messy story. I do okay with epic poems although that's probably not surprising.

I find poetry...

I think perhaps the best way I can describe is it that I like the *idea* of poetry. I just personally don't enjoy the experience of it that much.

The last time I heard poetry...

It was probably on the radio. Sounds like Canada on CBC Radio 1 sometimes has poets on. The last thing I remember was some poet who was doing "Random Acts of Poetry".

I think poetry is like...

String theory. When someone who knows it is talking about it I get it and find it interesting. But on my own I'm lost and can't be bothered.

And I'm tagging SKEET because she finally has a freaking blog (Skeet...perhaps this is a good excuse to start up that book blog you hinted about...)