Catching Life By the Throat: Poems from Eight Great Poets by Josephine Hart
Christopher reminded me that poetry transcends generational and cultural differences by speaking to the human condition. Emotional insight, radical thoughts and shared joy or sorrow come from a few words that have been purposely brought together by a poet’s thoughts. Last week, I was at my favourite haunt – Indigos – checking out the $2.00 “last book” clearance shelves. There are treasures to be found! And I did find a jewel: Catching Life by The Throat! W.H. Auden, often referenced in Hitch22, is one of the eight poets discussed in the book. Here is an excerpt the chapter: W.H. Auden – Truth Out of Time:
“One Sunday afternoon in March 1922, a school friend casually asked me if I wrote poetry. I, who had never written a line or even read one with pleasure, decided at that moment that poetry was my vocation.” Just like that. And therein lies the mystery of Auden.