I bought my first collection of poetry this week. I know, it's been a long time coming, but poetry has always scared me. Remember this? In creative writing last week, we read a Richard Siken poem, and I totally loved it. So I ordered the whole collection, "Crush". It came on Thursday. After dinner, I went downstairs and started reading it. I was weeping by the second poem. It's broke my heart in a whole new way. In a poetry way. In a way my heart's never been broken before. But that's also, in a rather twisted way, what makes it so worth reading. As my creative writing teacher said, "Who knew that being broken could actually be so beautiful and make you a more complete person?" I read the whole collection in, got in the shower to cry for 20 minutes, and then read it all again.
So here are my favorites (yes, I scanned them is as images, but I did it because because the way he sets the poems up on the page is so brilliant):