The Dover Design Sampler email this week features Valentine’s Day books. This classic sonnet by Elizabeth Barrett Browning is from Great Love Poems (www.doverpublications.com).
When I became interested in poetry, my mother began buying me classic works. A book of sonnets by E.B. Browning, a book by Yeats, anthologies, and other books. Treasures.
As many of you know, I am most comfortable with haiku and tanka. I also believe in reading widely. In the short forms, every word must especially “work” in the poem. Sometimes, after reading longer poems, I find I have just the right word in my mind for a haiku. I have to keep “filling the well.” If I feel I can’t write, reading and rest are the way back for me.