I wish there was a poetry iPod. You know what I mean--you could store all your favorite poems on it so you'd never forget them. Then you could just hit "shuffle" and get your favorites delivered to you randomly. Hmm...maybe I'm onto something here. (Now, I think, is a good time to say that if anyone ever produces or creates something like this, I thought of it first. I want royalties!)
Until I'm able to figure out how to make this product, I think I'll start a new series of blog posts. I'll call it "Poetry Mix Tape." Here's how it works...
Each week, I'll pick a theme and provide a list of poems that I really like that fit the theme. I guess I should probably pick a day of the week to do this, so let's go with...Wednesdays!
Naturally, you, dear reader, are invited to participate. I encourage you to create a mix tape of your own that fits the weekly theme. Leave your list (or a link to where we can find your list) in the comments section. And, if you don't like the theme, feel free to create your own!
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So without further ado, I give you this week's Poetry Mix Tape. The theme--Poems about Poets and Poetry.
"Poetry" by Marianne Moore
"Digging" by Seamus Heaney
"Poet's work" by Lorine Niedecker
"Valentine For Ernest Mann" by Naomi Shihab Nye
"Poets Hitchhiking on the Highway" by Gregory Corso
These are poems I really enjoy. I hope you enjoy them, too. And I look forward to reading the poems in your Mix Tape. Even if you're only able to contribute a poem or two, please do so in the comments.
The Poetry Friday round-up is being hosted by The Stenhouse Blog this week. Be sure to check it out!