Sunday Salon – April 6, 2008

Sunday Salon

April 6, 2008


I’ve had some wonderful comments on my Salon post today – including some suggestions for poetry. When I went wandering around Google to find information on one of them (Dorothy Parker), I discovered a fabulous poetry site called Representative Poetry Online.  There is tons of helpful information including a timeline of poetry in English, links to critical analysis, poem and poet indexes with representative poetry from selected poets, and a section on Canadian poetry.

I’ve read 70 pages into The Sister and am finding it a relaxing and engrossing read. My wood stove is glowing and the cats have chosen to nap near me (although I can’t be 100% sure it isn’t just the warmth of the fire which draws them close).

I’ve spent a little time today looking ahead to my next reads. I pulled out my essays by E.B. White and decided I’ll start reading them a bit at a time over the next few weeks. And I’m anxious to start my most recent early review book: The Cellist of Sarajevo. I’ve been reading some reviews on this one which have sparked my curiosity.

11:15 AM

I slept in a bit this morning, read my email over a cup of strong coffee and spent some time connecting with family on the telephone. But now it is time to settle down and read.

frostpoems.jpg April is poetry month, so I thought I’d open today’s Salon post with a poem by my favorite poet: Robert Frost. I own a wonderful little Everyman’s edition of Frost poems…and this one seemed appropriate to the Sunday Salon:

A Time To Talk

When a friend calls to me from the road
And slows his horse to a meaning walk,
I don’t stand still and look around
On all the hills I haven’t hoed,
And shout from where I am, What is it?
No, not as there is a time to talk.
I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground,
Blade-end up and five feet tall,
And plod: I go up to the stone wall
For a friendly visit.

Reading Frost reminds me of my childhood growing up in the country in New Hampshire. One of my favorite memories was pedaling my bike out to a local farm where I rode the old horses and enjoyed petting the friendly lamb named Sweet Pea. I enjoy poetry that conjures up favorite images. Do you read poetry? Who is your favorite poet?

Earlier this week I also read an essay by Cindy Ozick (read my thoughts here). It reminded me that I really should read more essays. I have a book of essays by EB White which has sat on my shelf for far too long.

I finished reading Embers (read my review) earlier in the week. I loved the moodiness of the piece, although there will be readers who don’t appreciate the ending which is largely left to interpretation.

Then I got back to my stack of early review books and breezed through Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge (read my review). I had never read a book by Strout, and I enjoyed her insight into the characters. This book was set in Maine, which is close to my heart having lived in various coastal villages in Maine for several years of my adult life. I will most certainly be reading more Strout in the future.

Last night I stayed up until midnight to finish The Tenderness of Wolves (read my review). Wow, I really loved this book. It is a brilliant combination of suspense, mystery and literary…and I predict we will see a movie made from this book before too long.

I’m now returning to my early review books. I have had The Sister, by Poppy Adams sitting on my bedside table for a month now. I must admit I’ve been reluctant to pick it up because I’ve only read lukewarm reviews of it. But, this week Michelle at 1 More Chapter indicated she loved the book (read Michelle’s review), and I often agree with Michelle’s impression of books – so now I’m a little more excited to read this one.

Speaking of Michelle, she also started a new blog this week of which I am honored to be a contributor. Novels Now provides reviews of all the newest books being released. And this week there is also a giveaway in honor of Buy A Friend A Book week which you might want to check out.

I’m now off to do some reading. Happy Sunday to all the Saloners – I’ll be making my way around your posts later today!

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  1. Emily Dickenson has always been among my favorite poets. I admit that I don’t often read poetry, however.

    I hope you have a nice Sunday, Wendy. Happy reading!

  2. I really needed that Robert Frost poem, thank you! When I gave up work I promised myself that I would now make time to talk and to socialise and do all those things that I had just been rushing past and eighteen months on I am just as bad as ever. I’m going to get a copy of this and put it somewhere where I can see it regularly. I’m so glad you enjoyed ‘The Tenderness of Wolves’. It was definitely one of the best books I read last year. And I’m very jealous of the E B White essays. They are so good. I must look out for my own copy. I ought to have them about the house for dipping in to when I want to read some really good prose.

    • Jill on April 6, 2008 at 12:42

    I love Frost poems too. =) Simple and stunning.

    I also enjoyed the War Poets, especially Wilfred Owen. Their work is poignant for modern times.

    But I think my favorite poet is Shel Silverstein. You may know him as a child’s poet, but I think his poetry resonates with grown-ups too:

    “Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
    And the dark street winds and bends.
    Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
    We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
    And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
    To the place where the sidewalk ends.”

    See what I mean? =)

    • Wendy on April 6, 2008 at 12:47

    WendyCat: I have also enjoyed Emily Dickenson – she writes beautifully.

    Ann: So glad that poem resonated with you too! I find myself so busy all the time that sometimes I forget to just slow down and enjoy my friends and the people in my life. Frost’s poem is a nice reminder 🙂 I’ll have to start reading EB White’s work soon and then I’ll share it here on my blog.

    Jill: YES! Love Silverstein who I *do* always think of as a child’s poet…but his stuff is so accessible to adults as well. Thanks for sharing that!

  3. Great poem! Such a nice ancedote to “good fences make good neighbors,” too… Thanks for the heads up on Novels Now, too — what a great resource!

  4. One of my favorite poets of the last 10 years or so has been Dorothy Parker. Her poems are filled with such wit and are always a great escape when I’m feeling a little blue.

  5. The Tenderness of Wolves looks like a great book, I want to read that one. Oh, and great job at Novels now!! I love the stuff that comes from that blog, you guys (gals actually) are doing such a great job.

    • Wendy on April 6, 2008 at 15:14

    Kristen: Yes, I would agree on the ancedote! Glad to hear that the new blog is one you’ll find helpful.

    Gail: I looked up Dorothy Parker’s selected poems on Google – lovely! She reminds me a bit of Edna St. Vincent Millay.

    Bethany: Thank you! You are very kind 🙂 I hope you’ll enjoy Penney’s novel – I’ll watch for your review.

  6. I do love that Frost poem – I can just see him stopping work to talk to his friend (imagine what he would have to say about our cyber talking here on Sunday Salon!)

    A contemporary poet I really love is Mary Oliver 🙂

    And I’ve already visited Novels Now – great site!!

    • iliana on April 6, 2008 at 17:18

    I love National Poetry Month – one of my favorite poets is Billy Collins. Just love his stuff.
    One of these days I will get to Tenderness of Wolves. I keep hearing such good things about it. Happy Sunday Salon and I’ll be visiting Novels Now. Sounds fun 🙂

    • Wendy on April 7, 2008 at 07:14

    Ravenous Reader: I looked up Ms. Oliver…I really liked her poem An Afternoon in the Stacks – lovely! Thanks for checking out Novels Now 🙂

    Iliana: Billy Collins is someone I hadn’t heard of before – thanks for the recommendation. I found a link to most of his poems…this one is really wonderful!

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