This is a book I have copied many poems into my Quote Notebook from, even making a poorly-executed copy of her illustrations:
Not only is Kaur a spokeswomen for young women everywhere, she is old beyond her years in advice and thought. I first heard of her in a review from Hooked on Books’ Jee Wan, who was very impressed by this poet. Jee is an excellent poet herself, so I ordered a copy to form my own opinion. Impressed is a mild word to describe my reaction to Kaur’s poems–they are spot-on, often dealing with darker things women might not want to reflect on. But there is hope as well, always hope, offered in this slender volume.
Two more poems from this collection that “spoke” to me are here:
‘you might have done
the external work
but your mind is starving
for internal attention
“not everything you do has to be self-improving
you are not a machine
you are a person
your work can never be full
without play your mind can never be nourished
In an effort to read more poetry, I plan to start January with a book of poems and continue to read at least one collection each month. As slow as I read poetry ( because I tend to slow down to digest it), it will take me all month to read each collection.
Join me in this celebration of poetry and what it can do for us in 2021 if you wish.