Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

A New Favorite Book of Poetry

She Walks in Beauty:  A Woman's Journey Through Poems selected and introduced by Caroline Kennedy

What a beautiful book!  From the front cover to the color and fonts and even the inside shadow pictures of flowers-every detail is so meticulous.  It is an absolutel delight to the senses from sight to sound.  This book of poems was hand selected by Caroline Kennedy.  While she didn't write any of the poems, seeing the ones that she selected as her favorites gives me an insight into a person I have always looked up to.

The poems are divided up into the different eras of a woman's life and include:  Falling in Love; Making Love; Breaking Up; Marriage; Love Itself; Work; Beauty, Clothes, Things of this World; Motherhood; Silence and Solitude; Growing Up and Growing Old; Death and Grief; Friendship; and, How to Live.  Each section includes a variety of poems, both well-known and scarcely known and run the full gamut of emotions.  Some had me cracking up, some had me crying and more than a few made me want to burn a bra or two in protest.  What fun--and isn't that what a poetry book is supposed to be?  If you're one of those hoity-toity poetry people who snap your fingers instead of just laughing out loud, you'll be fine.  This is a book for all of us.

I do have some new favorites after reading the book and invite you to take a glance at these :  "After Making Love We Hear Footsteps" by Galway Kinnel; "Summer with Monika" by Roger McGough; "Unfortunate Coincidence" by Dorothy Parker; and "I'm Going to Georgia", an old folk song.

If you're looking for a nice coffee table book to show how cultured you are, this one would be impressive.  If you're looking for a poetry book to read over and over again, one that will get you through bad days and good, one that will resonate within all your 'woman-ness' (I know it isn't a word, but it should be), this one is it.

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