Interstellar Adventures

October 31, 2006

‘Twas brillig

Filed under: Elle & Zed,Mom Life — by InterstellarLass @ 9:22 am

I’ve decided I need to read more poetry. Last week, Zed had a homework assignment. He had to ask people what their favorite poem was, and why the person liked it. I couldn’t remember the last time I’d read a poem. So I had to pull out my Norton Anthology of Poetry, and I turned to the one page in the book that was marked. The poem was Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll. Just like me to mark this. It’s not an elegant, romantic, pretentious poem. Rather it’s nonsensical and fun.

I read it, rather dramatically, to Zed. I think he looked at me like I was quite insane. I read it several times actually, and then I think he finally started to get into the feel of the poem, and recognized that many of the words are made-up and asked why and what they meant.

Later that night, I was flipping through the anthology, and Elle asked me to read some poems. I read Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. I read The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot. They liked it. And so did I. “Read more mommy.” they asked.

And today, I saw a story on CNN, where a previously-unpublished Sylvia Plath poem will be published tomorrow in Blackbird, and online journal published by Virginia Commonwealth University. How exciting!

I used to pride myself on being literate and well-read. I don’t feel like I am anymore (well-read that is, I’m still literate). I haven’t read a book in ages. There’s no time. And the pop-lit that’s out there is crap. I want clever and smart and meaningful. I suppose I’ll have to turn back to the classics for that.

Update: Happy Halloween. Nick and I will be cruising with Superman and Supergirl tonight. Then later on I’ll play Lois and cross over to the dark-side and get it on with Lex Luthor. Lucky me. 😉

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