Every once in a while, I think I should read more poetry.
And by more, I mean some. To be honest, I’m not sure I’ve read any poetry (other than the occasional greeting card) since college. So, when I saw 100 Essential American Poems at the library, I picked it up in hopes that I would be inspired to read William Cullen Bryant’s “Thanatopsis” or “Spring” by Edna St. Vincent Millay.
Instead, the book has set on my table for six (yes, six) weeks. Practically unopened, and begging to be returned so some other library patron can enjoy it.
You see, I want to read poetry. I know I should read poetry. I’ve written plenty of poems. I just can’t get interested in reading any. Please don’t ask me why, because I really don’t know. Perhaps it’s the should that makes me reluctant…my own form of reading rebellion.
So I ask, are there any genres that you know you should explore but just can’t bring yourself to read? Feel free to answer in the comments. I won’t judge you, as long as you promise to return the favor.
Melissa has been captivated by books for as long as she can remember. She resides in Virginia and blogs at Breath of Life.