I suppose just lifting poems from the MOOC isn’t all that gripping for those loyal readers who want to know the ins and outs of what makes me tick…or is that thick?
Learning about poetry does it for me. Not T.S. Eliot or Plath or anything heavy, but the approachable writing style of Wordsworth, Heaney, R.S. Thomas and the like.
The brevity is what most appeals when time constraints make novels impossible. Twitter isn’t the same thing at all, haikus are too short, but a few verses that capture something of what it is to be human (without clouding the words in classical references) appeals to me.
Novels are my first love, and I will return to them when my mind is more settled and I can immerse myself in the pages of fiction for prolonged periods of idleness.