Read the Same Poem Every Day for a Month
A few years ago, a friend told me that she picks a poem on the first day of every month and then reads that poem every day that month. I loved the idea and have been doing it ever since. Each reading brings something new—even to a short poem—and by the end of the calendar year, you know twelve poems really well. This year, my friend Ruth Franklin of The New Republic has decided to do this project as part of her 2012 Literary Resolutions. I think everyone should do it.
So this year, I’m going to share my poem choice each month. For January 2012, I’ve been reading Emily Dickinson’s “There’s a certain Slant of light” and I’ve been reading it aloud every afternoon, during that certain slant of light.
There’s a certain Slant of light, (320)
by Emily Dickinson