“It turns out that unless you make a concerted effort in the direction of reading poetry, poetry doesn’t just traipse into your mind by chance. You have to seek poetry out and, at least at first, you have force yourself to swallow it. Like a scratchy vitamin”
“A poem requires full attention in a way that prose does not, and worse, a poem is much harder to like because every word matters.”
When I was younger, I preferred reading a book of poetry, too. Maybe it has to do with aging, but now I hold a poem (I do the same with short fiction) to the light, juggle it from one hand to the other, and generally spend a lot more time with it than I used to. I wonder if anyone else reads this way?