Just call me “Tardy to the Party”

Hunh.  Poetry!  Who knew about this and didn’t tell me?

I imagine, in futures’ hindsight to see this as a turning point for my literary life. Or perhaps, life in general.   Finally got Audible sorted out (Hint: don’t use 3 different Email addresses and 2 competitors devices).  Once done, I had SIX book credits to use!

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John Lithgow has a 2007 book entitled: “The Poets’ Corner: The One-and-Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family”.  Though I’ve been listening while driving, it requires another listen while reclining in a chair.  Notes need to be taken.  Threads need to be pulled and followed.  I am LOVING it!  The bios of each author, placement in their own time period, description of what made them unique & enduring.  Such a great elementary education for someone like me.  Or me.

Why oh why didn’t I take my Dad’s offer of a college education at the U of MN?  College. Your chance to voraciously consume volumes.  Devour.  Savor.  Consider.  Discuss.

Behold, my biggest regret in life: the missed opportunity to wallow in books for 4 YEARS. Though I have read a lot, my consumption rate dropped off steeply in my late 20’s. There’s so much I have missed! So many references that fly over my head and leave me out of the discussion.  With no fresh fodder, my debate skills, once blooming, dwindled to nothing. Brain Shrivel.  Thirty years on, I feel intellectually diminished and hopelessly behind.

“If not now, when”?

However, I will not despair of trying.  It’s a great time to be alive thanks to our devices which bring everything to our fingertips!  A newly remodeled local library + a newish library card. Audible®. Goodreads®.  Kindle®. Online Booksellers.  Library of Congress online.  Stacks of books in the house, waiting to be catalogued and enjoyed.  Shining up my specs.  Let’s get crackin’!


Recently finished on Audible®:  “West Cork” by Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde;  “1984” by George Orwell; “The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson;  “Y is for Yesterday” by Sue Grafton; “The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes” by Lyndsay Faye;  “The Chemistry of Calm” by Henry Emmons (WIP);  “My Dear Bessie: A Love Story in Letters: A BBC Radio4 Adaptation” by Chris Barker & Bessie Moore

Next on Audible list:  “The Shack” by Wm. Paul Young; “Freakonomics” by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner;  “New York 2140” by Kim Stanley Robinson; “The Inferno of Dante” by Dante Alighieri, Robert Pinsky (Mistake? I meant to choose “Dante’s Inferno” Time will tell). – kb.xo

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