So, you’ve heard that poetry is making a comeback (I mean, isn’t it always?) and you’re thinking it might be time for you to hop aboard that well-versed bandwagon. After all, everyone’s reading life could use a little shake-up now and again, and you’ve decided poetry is just the thing to do it.
But if the last time you actually sat down and read any poetry was back when EVERY. SINGLE. PERSON. in the 12th grade used “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” as their senior yearbook quote, the poetry gears whirring in your brain might be more than a little squeaky. “Isn’t everyone a poet, now?” you might be wondering. Or, “there’s got to be more to this than that Norton Anthology I used to cart around in college.” Basically, you’re not sure how to begin reading love poetry. Or whether or not you even like sad poetry in the first place.