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reading: everyman

I am seriously addicted to teeny tiny poetry books. I only have four. But I would love to have the entire Everyman library. They’re so small! They fit so well in a purse or pocket! And they have lovely little ribbon bookmarks attached.

Right now I’m reading this one:

And also the Dylan Thomas (now out of print, but I found one), and also this one:

My grandmother gave me my first little book of Everyman poetry years ago and I love the little inscription on the inside:

I will go with thee
and be thy guide
in thy most need to go by thy side.”

A little secret: I like to take the jackets off books before I buy them (scandalous) and see what they look like underneath. These are beautiful without their jackets too. And really affordable. I have other bigger books of poetry but these are the one I seem to carry around the most.

What poetry books do you like/have you been reading lately?

+ comments (5)
  • BYUBookstore
    July 21, 2011

    One of our favorites is “Good Poems, selected by Garrison Keillor” A little bit of a bigger book, but such a strong collection of poetry on a wide range of topics. Those books look adorable, we’ll have to check them out!

  • Hey, I got the Everyman’s Tennyson book for my 13th birthday! I love that thing so much.

    I have a lot of favorites from it, but one of my favorites is ‘Crossing the Bar’. I love it!

    But, I think my favorite poem would have to be ‘The Irish Airman Foresees His Death’ by Yeats. It’s so gorgeous.

  • Amelia
    July 22, 2011

    My father grew up with poetry in his household recited by his mother and grandmother. He had a copy of “One-hundred-and one Famous Poems” that he would read aloud from on winter nights. One Christmas, when I was in college, my parents gave each of us kids our own copy. Now I share “The spider and the fly”, ” Jest ‘Fore Christmas” and “Paul Revere’s Ride” with my children. Thanks Dad for the gift of poetry!

  • Ashley R.
    July 25, 2011

    I love ‘Small and Simple Things’ by Marjorie Pay Hinckley. It is so sweet. I adore it. 🙂

  • Audra
    July 26, 2011

    I had a book of poetry that my grandmother gave me as a small child that I treasured. I remember the pages were beautifully decorated and my mother would read me a poem at bedtime.

    Those little books look so interesting! I will have to check them out!

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