VOLUME 4

Review: Every Day Poems [Vol. 4, #25]

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A Review of Every Day Poems
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Review by J. Ted Voigt

[ Sample Poem #1 –
A Poet’s Thanks” ]

[ Sample Poem #2 –
The Singing Flower XIV“]

Poetry is an acquired taste.

I say this because there is such a variety of poetry available that you are bound to read a number of poems before finding one with which you can really connect.  Recreating that euphoric experience of reading an enjoyable poem for the first time is something that has compelled me through the 811 section of my local library, and it’s what makes Every Day Poems great.

For the price of a Whopper Jr. a year you get one poem each weekday in your email.  The poems are diverse but usually quite accessible, and very relevant.  Every Day poems are not just poems sent on a daily basis, they are poems that bring vivid words to everyday life.

Because there are days when I get too busy, or when the library is closed; there are days when my schedule is so packed I don’t even manage to glace at the scores or the DOW, but there is almost never a day in which I do not check my email.  For anyone who wants to read more poetry, Every Day Poems is an excellent resource.

If I happen to come across a poem I like while browsing a journal, I may try to remember the author’s name, and I may even think to write it down to look up later.  One of the great features of Every Day Poems is the included link to the author’s work, and since you’re already staring a web-using device, it’s almost impossible not to read more when you find a poet you like.

And that’s the key to enjoying poetry.  First, you find a poet you like.  Then, you find more poetry like it.  Eventually, you’re reading whatever you can get your hands on, and enjoying at least a line or two from every poem.

Consider Every Day Poems your gateway drug to poetry.


C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com

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