Anne Sexton / books / Naomi Shihab Nye / poetry / reading / writing

Parting with a Book

A few months ago, I began writing a found poem after each poetry collection I read. It started with Anne Sexton’s Transformations and moved on to Naomi Shihab Nye’s Transfer along with Jane Hirshfield’s Come, Thief. I try to capture my favorite moments within each book and weave them into something for myself and further reflection. It’s become my way of letting go of the book, a sweet parting of ways for now.

Currently, I’m on the last chapter of Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya. I’m thinking about extending my found poem tradition to fiction books too.

What are you reading right now and what do you do once you’ve finished with a book?


2 thoughts on “Parting with a Book

  1. I'm actually between books right now. But I do keep a book journal, and when I finish a book, I enter details in it about the story, the author, and give it a rating of sorts. It's amazing how often I refer back to that journal for info to pass along to others.

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