April was National Poetry Month, and so I decided to gear my reading towards the poetical this month, and it was a lovely enabling constraint. I don’t often make room for reading poetry – it’s hard because there are so many good books in the world and we’ll never have time for all of them! – so I’m glad I did this month.
Currently Reading: Honeybee by Naomi Shihab Nye
When Naomi Shihab Nye was in college, she took a linguistics class that focused on the languages of animals, and her particular focus was on bees. Which are fascinating communicators. And the topic of bees has stuck with her, popping up in her life in sad ways (colony collapse, disappearing bees) and beautiful (farming, the bee dance). It’s a lovely book that I’m strolling through slowly, much like a bee at one of my azalea blossoms.
My Reading Month
- Eat This Poem: A Literary Feast of Recipes Inspired by Poetry by Nicole Gulotta: I have long been a fan of Nicole Gulotta’s blog, Eat This Poem, which formed the premise for her cookbook by the same name. The intersection of food and poetry is a fun one, full of sensory possibilities, and Nicole uncovers these, through healthy food and comfort food, family recipes and travel. Her attention to ingredients is reminiscent of Ina Garten, and her eye for the poetic moment, and its accompanying dish, has a poet’s careful touch. This book was lovely, and I can’t wait to try some of the recipes.
- milk and honey by Rupi Kaur: Rupi Kaur is one of my favorite Instagram presences, and it’s how I got introduced to her poetry, which is lovely. Taking us through emotional stages (“the hurting / the loving / the breaking / the healing”), she gives us poems (some long, some short, all packing serious punch) and drawings to take us through the journey. This is a quick read, but one that I think bears returning to on occasion to see what you might have missed the first go round.