I’ve been carrying Marianne Moore with me and managed to read Complete Poems in a waiting room, at a coffee shop, volunteering at an art gallery where I write you from. I need more time with this book in order to fully appreciate it, but I use these reading sessions as an opportunity to get through a full volume of poetry without worrying much about “getting it” and letting the language wash over me. Reading this in continuity helped me get a deeper sense of Moore’s writing style and themes. For one, I need to look up quite a few terms since they are unfamiliar to me– her use of the English language is far superior to mine. There are notes at the back with a few illustrations and long explanations of references that I have glanced through but not fully explored. There are even some illustrations that made me smile– she is thorough!
I love the cover photo–
Also, I am currently studying white and I cannot begin to say how many times she uses the word white in her poetry– I was surprised! There is even a poem about an albino giraffe that tickled me. I was thinking about counting how many times she uses the term but have decided to wait on that endeavor — it is remarkable how things appear when we happen to be looking for them.
I love a solid poetry collection and Moore delivered. If you haven’t spent significant time with this poet, I encourage you to do so.