The Year I Read 100 Poetry Books

Just like writing a poem every day for thirty days changes you, suddenly you realize reading a high volume of poetry changes you too. It tunes your ear, it refines your senses.

“I had the happy idea that somewhere a child was being born who was nothing like Helen or Jesus except in the sense of changing everything.”  -Mary Szybist “Happy Ideas” from Incarnadine

“The world is wrong. You can’t put the past behind you. It’s buried in you; it’s turned your flesh into its own cupboard.”  -Claudia Rankine from Citizen

“She’s the wrong woman, she’s a car wreck in a silk dress and he can’t wait to touch her.” -Kim Addonizio “‘Round Midnight” from What is This Thing Called Love

“Now I watch the dumb machine Of your body loving With the loveless wedge of you That made me.” -Tracy K. Smith from “Shadow Poem,” The Body’s Question

“Sweet oil, the white of eggs, mustard and water soapsuds and stomach pumps rescue the people one knows.”  -Ernest Hemingway from the prose poem, Montparnasse

. “…until her teeth were only accidental stars…”  -T.S. Eliot from Hysteria

. “Everything that you do and every word that you write has to be a risk. You have to not be afraid. You have to keep reinventing your writing.”  -Victoria Chang from Interview with Hyphen Magazine

. “In actuality, no one ever sank so deep that he could not sink deeper.”  -Soren Kierkegaard