I know I write poetry and this blog used to be known for that; but I seldom read poetry personally. I read Byron, Christina Rossetti, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Wilfred Owen, Pam Ayres and silly kid stuff like Spike Milligan and Dr Seuss; but generally, besides these, nothing else.
I read Wilfred Owen purely for GCSEs and I think I have read some of Sylvia Plath too, but those were for studies only.
I have been recently reading a lot of country and wildlife journals and I keep seeing another poet mentioned a lot in there with quotes; this has spurred me onto wanting to read more of him and I got Paul to get a book from the library for me of him. “John Clare”, this could be a new influence if I am honest.
Also I consider Neil Gaiman to be a poet too; I love some of his short stuff sometimes more than his long stuff, he is another influence of mine.
Upon reflection, I think perhaps I read more poetry than I take for granted. A lot of the novels I love are crammed packed with verse and rhymes, like Alice in Wonderland etc. See poetry sneaks into funny places; it’s easy to take advantage of it and not notice it when it wafts in front of your face. Anyone who says they are not particularly fond of poetry are liars, even street gangsta types and chavs who gets embarrassed by the notion that they even pick up a poetry book – sorry to say it to you guys, but you love poetry. Every song is a poem and that means rap IS poetry too!
See the world with fresh eyes and you will see it’s so true!