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The Joy of Poetry: How to Keep, Save & Make Your Life with Poems: (Masters in Fine Living Series) Paperback – March 20, 2016
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—David Lee Garrison, author of <em>Playing Bach in the D. C. Metro</em>
Megan Willome's The Joy of Poetry—part memoir, part poetry reflections, part anthology—takes readers on a journey to discovering poetry's purpose, which is, delightfully, nothing. “Why poetry?” Willome asks. "You might as well ask, why chocolate?” Poetry reflects nothing more and nothing less than the pure joy of living, loving, and being, in all of its confusion and wonder. Willome's book will gently guide you to read, write, and be a little more human through language's mystery and joy. —Tania Runyan, author of How to Read a Poem: Based on the Billy Collins Poem "Introduction to Poetry"
In 'The Joy of Poetry,' Megan Willome describes the bed she made up in her son’s room after he went away to college: a sheet set the color of daffodils, a comforter like cumulus clouds, and sky-blue pillows. Sometimes she sleeps in there, she writes, and when she does, “it’s all sun.” That’s also how the author views reading and writing poetry—as the sun that breaks through the gloom of her mother passing away from cancer, the “multiple gift” that can offer healing, purpose and inner strength...as well as a musical and emotional soundtrack to life and and its ultimate end. What Willome offers readers in this easily-consumed treasure, chock-full of digestible poems and quotes framed by the memoir of her mother’s diagnosis and treatment, is how to do likewise. As a creative writing teacher of middle and high school students, this has been my philosophy exactly, and I’m delighted to find someone who has put it into words. Willome's pages are invaluable, and I know 'The Joy of Poetry' will be required reading in my classes for a long time to come.
– Jen Karetnick, author of American Sentencing (Winter Goose Publishing, May 2016) and The Treasures That Prevail (Whitepoint Press, September 2016)
About the Author
- Publisher : T. S. Poetry Press (March 20, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 168 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1943120145
- ISBN-13 : 978-1943120147
- Item Weight : 6.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.42 x 8 inches
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To cite a few, there is how her mother refused to be a victim of a ruthless disease but, instead, to relish living. Early on, the Dana Gioia’s poem “New Year’s” seemed to be foretelling of 2020 and Helena Nelson’s “With My Mother, Missing the Train” was so poignant and well-placed. In naming some favorites of many, I loved Ms. Willome’s poem “Blue Moon” and “The Mimosa Lady.” I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s playful and revealing discussion of William Wordsworth’s poetry countered with Joyce Supthen’s poem “The Wordsworth Effect” as the author encouraged us to immerse ourselves in small doses of new and old poems “like a soaker hose.” Perfection in simile and metaphor!
I was struck by the gifted glass starfish, which took me directly to my favorite author, Loren Eiseley and his essay “The Star Thrower.” For isn’t that what poetry is about? Always taking us somewhere connected just as this book encourages us to dive into the words, to encourage others not to be afraid. A gift—this free-verse memoir. Throughout The Joy of Poetry, Ms. Willome shares an abundance of other poets’ work as she relays her own journey of loss, memorializing her joyful mother to the very end with the joy in E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web.
Okay, so right off the bat, I need to tell you that I am the poetry buddy who accepted the dare to read a poem a day with Megan Willome. And the experience changed my life. Because, you see, the experience wasn't just about learning not to be so askeered of poetry. It was about finding the poetry in life, in loss, in friendship, and in beloved childhood stories. And Megan was the perfect companion for the journey.
And this book is about poetry, but it's also not about poetry. It's about finding beauty and holding on to it when life gets ugly, discovering the words that capture your grief. And its about the magical way that poetry can help you find your way back to a cherished memory the way a whiff of lilac or the smell of coffee percolating can. And Megan weaves magic with her words while telling her story of life and loss and how poetry helps her find joy in the midst of it.
"Poetry is my prescription for adversity," Megan wrote, and anyone with a pulse knows life challenges each of us with seasons (sometimes lengthy) of adversity. Never did I ever think I would one day read, let alone write a review of a book about poetry. Megan gently helped me see what my life had been missing, and I will forever be grateful.
If you're wondering, “Why poetry?” Here’s her answer: “You might as well ask why chocolate? Why drive along a country road on a sunny day with the windows down and the music up? Why green tea with fresh mint from the farmer’s market? Why dogs?” And there’s also this, as Willome says: "You never know when a poem will offer you the secret something you need to get through the day." Frankly, that’s a good enough reason for me.
I read The Joy of Poetrey slowly and savored every word...even the poems. I'll be keeping this one on my shelf of favorites, and I know I'll come back to it again.