Ariel Bissett: Modern Poetry

I really felt like I needed some kind of permission to read poetry... poetry felt Arty-er, it felt more intense, it felt like you had to be in a club to really get it, to really feel it.
— Ariel Bissett
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Ever thought this about poetry? Well, we sure have! For many of us, we will automatically gravitate towards fiction and the best-selling charts when we're perusing a book shop. We'll not pause for a moment to even think about finding a book of poems... unless maybe for a gift... a coffee table book... or a comical one for the downstairs loo...! We thought it may just be us, but we were encouraged to listen to Ariel and to find that she too had felt this divide between the familiar world of novels in contrast to the territory of poetry. It got us thinking, why is it that we feel this disconnect to poetry? Why should poems be the reserve of students, professors, or literary lovers? Is it that they have an air of exclusivity? Is it that we're unsure where to start when finding a collection of poems? Let's not get started on the question... what even is a poem

What we have decided, however, is that there really is no special club you have to belong to in order to connect to a poem and to enjoy them. You don't have to read a collection from start to finish. You may just pick out one poem and read it over and over again. And no, we don't think you can define what a poem is. That's the beauty of them. 

Have a watch of this clip to find out more about Ariel's favourite poetry collections, and watch this space for more recommendations! We'd love to hear yours too! 

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