Monday, August 27, 2012

It's Monday, what are you reading? - from Tyrol to Poetry to Comics

monday and i'm back from a weekend in the mountains of North Tyrol / Austria. the weather was mixed, but it was good just to be there, in this different air, with those different views.

Continuing Reads
usually when i go on a trip, short or long, i try to find books that connect to the place, but this time, it was a bit different - i still have the books i am reading in steps, some of them poetry collections, some reflective books (more here). one spoke to me especially, and i picked up one of the poems to go with a road image from the trip:

(a larger version is online in my photo blog: metaphor the journey)

poetry starting point
in the last monday roundup, a blogger noted in response to the poetry books i linked: "I'd like to read poetry. I've seen quite a few bloggers talking about it recently. It intimidates me though!"

i tried to think of a good starting point, and now came across one: In September, the literary course "Modern & Contemporary American Poetry" by Al Filreis at Penn State will start at Coursera. here's more: iterary courses online: Modern & Contemporary American Poetry + Fantasy & Science Fiction

Conversations with S. Teri O'Type
an extra book i had with me: just before leaving, fellow author Christopher Allen sent me an early reader e-version of his upcoming book "Conversations with S. Teri O'Type". here's a sneak peak, and there will be more about the book in this blog in September. and there's a connection in place after all: author Christopher Allen is just back from a trip to South Tryol, here some pictures from the south side. ..and seeing it like that, i was travelling with friends from distant places in Tyrol

& to come: reading comics in public
now, for an evening jogg, and then to figure out a very different question: what comic to pick tomorrow for the global "Read Comics in Public Day" ... :)

will report back from that next monday.


this blog post is inspired by the blog series "It's Monday! What are you reading?" which is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. it's a blog initiative to share ones own reading and to see what others are currently reading. participating blogs are listed in this Linky Book List

What about you? What are your reading this week?


Jennifer Hartling said...

I just signed up for that poetry course a day or two ago! I'm excited about it because as of now poetry intimidates me. I want to understand and enjoy it instead of being scared of it!

Bea Sempere (Denise Baer) said...

Poetry is intimidating, but it's also what each individual takes away from it. The words and lines should evoke some sort of emotion.

Hope you enjoy your poetry course. Take care.

Christopher Allen said...

Hi, Doro!
Thank you so much for taking Conversations with S. Teri O'Type along...and mentioning it here.
Chris :)

Dorothee Lang said...

Jennifer, i think it's great that you signed up and dive into it.

and i can see how some poems can feel intimidating - like abstract art. but then, to pick up the word "Conversation", poetry is really a personal invite to reflect, to bring your own background and see how the poem / art speaks to you. recently i read this line that a poem knows more than its author, and i think it's true.