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100 Selected Poems by E.E. Cummings
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Apr 01, 2012

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bookshelves: 2012-reads, nonfiction
Read from March 31 to April 01, 2012

It's a happy coincidence that I'm kicking off April's reads with poetry. Happy National Poetry Month!

Despite having never played a musical instrument, I spent the majority of my time in college at the school of music (I'd explain my color guard days, but I suspect that very few of my GoodReads friends would "get it" and/or not make fun of me for it). Anyways, for one of my captain auditions, we received a CD with recordings from the music school for the purposes of choreographing a piece to a song. We had to use a marching band recording of Tchaikovsky's "March Slav" but there were also some very good concert songs on that CD as well. One was entitled "I Thank You God.." and was a recording of some choir at the school. Over the years, it's become one of my favorites and every choir seems to sing it differently despite using the same words, so I discovered. It took me until this year to figure out that the song is actually an E. E. Cummings poem, hence why this gal picked up a book of poetry.

ANYWAYS, I enjoyed the selected poems and I need to get over my fears read more poetry in the future. I enjoyed how one poem would beautifully describe nature, while the next talked about farting full oft. Variety is indeed the spice of life.

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