What’s our Poet Laureate reading?
We guessed poetry. And we’re right. Calgary’s Poet Laureate, Micheline Maylor, shares her favourite poetry (and other) reads as part of her Calgary Reads’ My sHelfie.
“Reading for me was like a salvation and a passage into other worlds. I volunteered at the library in grade five and lovingly learned the Dewey Decimal System. I once had the goal of reading around the library, starting on the bottom shelf. Voracious reading is soul nourishing and essential. Vitamin R for Reading.” Micheline Maylor
These books are important to me:
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
“This is the book that made me fall in love with poetry, way back in Grade five. I still give it as a gift to all of my young child and child-hearted friends. Thanks Ms. McPherson wherever you are, for introducing me to this book in 1981.”
Short Talks by Anne Carson
“Poetry has been described as the feel between the words, the connection between image and sensation. This collection of prose/poem/essay generates fireworks every time I read it. It is consistently inspirational for its odd and lovely comparisons.”
Niche by Basma Kavanagh
“Kavanagh is a new/contemporary author and her meditation in poetry on the extinction of humanity is both dark and playful. She manages a very difficult topic without sentimentality or preaching. It is also an exquisitely lovely book to hold with its full illustrations. Niche is a worthy new discovery.”
Attack of the Copula Spiders: Essays on Writing by Douglas Glover
“The first three essays of this book taught me about literary style and editing. These essays are still invaluable in teaching and understanding why a passage of prose “works”. Often, we hear the words “it works” or “it doesn’t” work without the explanation. Glover’s essays explain in clear terms.”
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
“Despite its content, the structure and mastery of the sentence level craft is delicious and delightful. At last count I’ve read the book 36 times and still find new symbols and ways that Nabokov plays with language. It’s a heartbreak every time.”