I Have Grown Fat Reading Poetry


But that is the fault of neither the poets nor their poems. (Except perhaps for one or two poems about delicious meals.)

Truth be told, I would probably have gotten fat even if I were illiterate. Probably fatter.

Poems are high-calorie brain food, but they so fire the mind that the calories burn off as quickly as they can be consumed.

It is a shame that more people do not read poetry because most of us who do read it have eventually found poets whose work speaks to us in very powerful, if not always easily explainable, ways. There is nothing quite like discovering a work with that sort of resonance.

Poetry can become a lifelong habit, but unlike destructive addictions, poetry does not have to be consumed in larger and larger quantities to achieve the same high. In fact, as I have begun to slow down with age, I…

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