I love acrostic poetry I’ve added this element to other poems without calling it an acrostic because I think it’s a fun hidden message for analytic readers (which I’m not, but I like writing that way). Yesterday I wrote an abstract poem, Saturday Morning at the Diner, and I acrostic-ally added the word BREAKFAST using the first letter of each line. Actually, that was how I started and how I decided which sounds to use. These are really fun because they add the puzzle aspect of formal poetry that I really enjoy, but the chance of a reader spotting it is a lot greater than a particular beat or meter.
Can you recall your first great read? An epic novel or time-honored classiC?
Once you crack that cover and read those first few lines—away you gO.
Verse and chapters build a world that becomes TOo real for movies or TV.
Experience another time or place, another life, without having to go anywherE.
Reading: The vacation you didn’t know you needed, the answer you weren’t looking foR.
Having undergone a significant transition in my life–marriage!–I am finding myself with the amount of spare time that will allow me to get in more reading time. I’ve looked at a few lists of the greatest American novels, but I can’t quite commit to one or another because I find the lists either exclude things I’ve always wanted to read, or they include books and authors I’m absolutely not interested in. Now I know the main purpose of a reading list is to put options in front of you that you might not have considered on your own, but I feel that there are so many classics, contemporary and otherwise, that I first want to build a strong foundation in.
Off the heels of a British novel course I took last spring, I’m interested in moving forward with a more modern novel, and I would like to fill in my repertoire with American literature for a while.
I’m starting with Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. It’s a doozy of a book, but I bought it years ago and I think I’ve read the first hundred pages or so about four times. Always intriguing, but life gets in the way.
If you can recommend a list of classic American novels, or if you have a few that you recommend, please share!
TIME Magazine’s Top 100 English Language Novels since 1923
Modern Library: 100 Best Novels (Board and Reader’s Picks)
The American Scholar: 100 Best American Novels by David Handlin