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And today, I saw a story on CNN, where a previously-unpublished Sylvia Plath poem will be published tomorrow in Blackbird, and online journal published by Virginia Commonwealth University.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


  1. I used to sneak my mom’s old college ee cummings poems and read them under the covers with a flashlight.

    My favorite (kid-friendly) one:

    i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
    my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
    i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
    by only me is your doing,my darling)
    i fear
    no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
    no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
    and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
    and whatever a sun will always sing is you

    here is the deepest secret nobody knows
    (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
    and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
    higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
    and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

    i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

    Comment by JustCara — October 31, 2006 @ 9:41 am |Reply

  2. Do your kids enjoy Shel Silverstein? That’s where it all started for me.

    Comment by Gypsy — October 31, 2006 @ 9:45 am |Reply

  3. Perhaps we shouldn’t read the Sylvia Plath to the kids. Zed’s still asking questions about the Bukowski poem I read him.

    If you’re looking for a good read may I recommend Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. A humorous answer to the question, what if they misplaced the Anti-Christ when he was a child.

    Also the Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson. It’s about his childhood in Iowa. He also wrote a Walk in the Woods, which, if you haven’t read it, go now and get a copy. Go. Log off. Trust me.

    Comment by Nick Philips — October 31, 2006 @ 9:55 am |Reply

  4. Speaking of wanting to be well read, you suggested Tom Robbins books when I was going to try and start reading more. What book might you suggest I start with? Anything particular?

    Comment by Jolynn — October 31, 2006 @ 11:34 am |Reply

  5. I know the feeling. Do you know the Dilbert cartoon with Dogbert saying “I think I’ll write a book…No I think I’ll read a book….No I’ll just watch TV….NO I’ll just let me brain turn to mush”

    On the plus side, I did read the fabulous “Arthur & George” by Julian Barnes; excellent book (although it helps if you’re into Sherlock Holmes at all).

    Comment by culfy — October 31, 2006 @ 2:34 pm |Reply

  6. I was thinking about you and betting there’d be a superman in your house tonight.

    Comment by Raehan — October 31, 2006 @ 2:49 pm |Reply

  7. Twas Brillig and guess the poem pops up alot on quiz shows:>)

    Comment by wisbo — November 1, 2006 @ 3:18 am |Reply

  8. I love poetry too. Here’s one of my favorites.

    Roses are Red,
    Violets are blue,
    Most poems rhyme,
    But this one doesn’t

    Comment by tony — November 1, 2006 @ 6:26 am |Reply

  9. Jabberwocky was my favourite poem as a child! It’s great to see the kids enjoyed your poetry reading!

    Comment by Claire — November 1, 2006 @ 7:53 am |Reply

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