I adore poetry. Always have since I was very young. I have written quite a bit too.
In this post I want to add some poems I love and an extra book that I didn’t include in my previous Book Matters posts.
When you are Old
One of my favourtie poets is WB Yeats. My mum’s influence but also Vic was keen on some of his more well known poems. Such as this beauty.
Ironic Poem about Prostitution
When I was young and had no sense
In far-off Mandalay
I lost my heart to a Burmese girl
As lovely as the day.
Her skin was gold, her hair was jet,
Her teeth were ivory;
I said, “for twenty silver pieces,
Maiden, sleep with me”.
She looked at me, so pure, so sad,
The loveliest thing alive,
And in her lisping, virgin voice,
Stood out for twenty-five.
I have mentioned D H Lawrence many times on my blog as I adore his books, poems too.
I never saw a wild thing
sorry for itself.
A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough
without ever having felt sorry for itself.
My Mum loved Yeats but this was her favourite poem.
A strange but compelling Novel
Attachments by Judith Rossner
I meant to include this book in my fiction choices on week one but forgot and I’m not sure how I left it out. I’ve read it numerous times. It is weird, compelling and moving.
The story of two friends who marry con-joined twins. The tale is obsessive and erotic, drawing the reader in from the first page and absorbing them until the last.
Thank you to everyone who joined up during this month long meme Book Matters. A summary post to follow in a few weeks…
Header image of Yeats statue from Pixabay