Tuesday, April 1, 2014

National Poetry Month

April again! A perfect excuse to read a poem a day! Last month at the fabulous eighteen-miles-of-books Strand Book Store in New York, I found a copy of Pablo Neruda’s All the Odes. I adore Neruda’s work, so my project this NPM will be to read one daily. A pretty low bar, but one I think I can make. Today’s poem is “Ode to an Abandoned House,” which actually reminded me of some of what I was trying to do in my own chapbook Moving House. Much more than that, it brought to mind that lovely heartsore Philip Larkin poem, “Home is So Sad.” The goodbyes in Neruda’s poem aren’t quite so final, but the images in the two poems definitely resonate. A lovely start to the month.