I Allow Myself Poetry

I allow myself poetry
I’ve said this before, but poetry is probably the largest influence on my comics.  What I feel and experience in reading my favorite poems is what I hope to express in comics.  The poet Dorothea Grossman is up there for me in terms of guiding this idea.  I so wish I had VOLUMES of her work instead of the slim selected poems that was published shortly after her death.  The poem that I mention in the comic is called “I Allow Myself” and you can find it here along with many others and a couple of podcasts that feature her work.  I also want to note that I misquoted her poem in the comic.  It should read: ” I allow/ myself the luxury of breakfast/ (I am no nun, for Christ’s sake.)”

I am a proud subscriber of Poetry Magazine and still an avid listener of the podcasts.  I *still* have a crush on Don Share and Christian Wiman (although Wiman has since moved on from the magazine and the podcast).  How can you not have a crush on two men who make their job editing and writing poems seem fresh month after month? How can you not have a crush on someone who continues to labor with such love?  I guess this is where poetry and comics meet so clearly–neither art form will most likely pay the bills, but they both go along way to keep on the lights.

Happy National Poetry Month!

65 thoughts on “I Allow Myself Poetry

  1. Yay! No wonder I love your comics so. Off to check out Dorothea Grossman right now; thank you.

  2. This is my first time reading your blog. I love this post! The text and the images complement one another so well that the comic becomes a poem itself. Well done!

  3. You are right, poetry can be so inspiring – thanks for sharing how you appreciate poetry in your own way :). And there are so many ways to experience it: I recently read some of Paul Nerudo’s Odes, and I can still feel his simple, lyrical words soothing me!

  4. Love this. I don’t have children, but I do listen to podcasts a lot. I had never thought to recommend podcasts to new mothers and fathers who are too overwhelmed and busy to read or write. Great idea.

  5. Loved your comics Summer! Wonderful use of poetry in your comics! That’s surely a big signature of your comics! You are truly an artist

  6. Loved your comics and the poetry in your comics! In case you understand German, would you pls check out our blog of deutsche haiku in Kyoto (German Haiku in Kyoto), too?
    Thank you.

  7. Appreciating poetry is an art; this trait is not easily coming to many women in general. Sometimes it takes long years to reach that stage of appreciation. Some poems people do not understand; they just simply skip and switch on to other topics. i feel poets can give a short gist of their poems.
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  8. Great post and art! I really enjoyed your blog. I hope you know you are so talented!

    I’m new to blogging and have a new page I just created, Real Life Natural Wife. I hope you’ll check it out and let me know what you think.. Enjoy the day!

    Keep up the good work!

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