Following is my 500 or so (bit more...) essay. If you have opinions about the poem, please feel free to comment. I’d love to open a dialogue on this one.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Poetry Monday: Squeezing language like honey - on Eileen Myles’ "The Honey Bear"
I’ve got Eileen Myles’ I Must be Living Twice by my bedside, and every night before I go to bed, I read a poem from it. This very slow reading allows me to take a bit more time than I usually would over each poem, really delving into them and sometimes giving me interesting dreams. Someone asked me the other day if I was a speed reader or found myself reading faster the older (and presumably more experienced at reading) I got. My answer was that I am a slow reader and am getting ever slower. Slow is good, I think. It’s not so much speed, but the amount of attention I give to what I read. I want to really experience the things I read - not merely scan or skim over the surface. That will often take time, and one reading is often not enough for me, especially with poetry. I have to mull and then return. I was particularly happy about the opportunity to go even deeper into one of the poems in Myles’ latest collection, which, by serendipity was on the list of essay topics for the ModPo course I’m doing. The poem is called “The Honey Bear” and you can read the full text of it here: https://media.sas.upenn.edu/afilreis/ModPo/Writing-Assignments-PDFs/Myles_The-Honey-Bear.pdf