Last Friday, I posted my poem The Newspaper, and talked about whether a poem can become dated or vene outdated. And I asked readers which ‘old’ poems they still connect with. I had such pleasure from the responses that I thought I’d share some of them this week.
Starting with Tabatha Yeatts who pointed out that people like to read about other times in the same way they like to read about other places. She shared the wonderful LP Hartley quote (from The Go-Between):
“The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.
This quote itself could spark a whole new topic: that of wonderful opening lines. But I’ll try to stay on-topic here.
Other commenters shared their favourite ‘old’ poems, from Little Orphant Annie (a favourite of Linda), to Chaucer (Kay‘s go-to). Brenda holds the “red wheel/ barrow” of William Carlos Williams close to her heart, and Michelle has always loved The Owl and the Pussycat. Donna, like me, was (and still is) a big fan of R.L. Stevenson, like me.
All of these posts and the surrounding discussion delighted me. But imagine my absolute joy when I learned that the post has inspired a brand new poem on the topic. here’s what Penny had to say:
.., I don’t want to let go of poems or much from the past in terms of literature. It may be outdated but it’s a part of me. And your post inspired a poem (below)! Thanks!
I want to be a poem hoarder—
stacking them here and there
and there and here
in my mind.
For I never know when
or a verse
or an entire poem
might bring joy or comfort
or remind me of a time
that I hold dear.
(Poem copyright Penny Parker Klostermann, 2017)
Thanks Penny both for responding in poetry and for allowing me to use your poem in a new poem.
And thanks to everyone who shared in the discussion.
This week’s poetry Friday roundup is on the Rain City Librarian blog, where Jane is hosting for the first time. Pop over there to check out more poetry goodness around the internet this beautiful Friday. Who knows, you might find a new poem to hoard.