You may remember this from High School... you probably had to read one or two of these poems in your survey of English Literature. Cringing already? Well, stop- you might need to think again!
I only read the required selections when I was in school, too. But recently I ran into several references to this collection and decided to go exploring.
In these poems, former inhabitants of the imagined town of Spoon River look back on their lives and speak of their hopes and dreams, all too often thwarted, squandered or mislaid. First published in 1915, could these short poems possibly be of any interest to a modern reader?
Yes, they could. Surprisingly contemporary, these stories form a mosaic of lives stretching all the way back to revolutionary times. Some stand alone. Some dovetail in cool ways.
And the poetry is good stuff. Not formal, stilted or antique, these people speak in their own colloquial voices. And together, they create a powerful narration of lives lived to varying degrees of success.
I bet you will find your life reflected in one or two of these quick but pithy verses- none much longer than one brief page. I know I did. Which ones made you recognize yourself? Tell me yours- I'll tell you which ones showed me... me.
Great for quick browsing on a blanket in the park, or while grilling (yourself) on the beach. Lots of these made me laugh. Enjoyable... and it's poetry- Who knew!?