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Thank you, Cath, for introducing me to Rutger Kopland, and for this lovely post. I will look for his poetry at my library. I enjoy poetry but don't read it as often as I'd like, but I think I'm going to adopt your after-breakfast method. I've been trying to read it before bed, but I'm simply too tired then to fully appreciate it (why this should surprise me, I do not know!).

Thank you, also, Danielle, for inviting Cath's contributions. I'm very much enjoying and learning from your Dutch reading project.


Thank you, Cath, for this powerful introduction to a poet that has, until now, escaped my eyes and ears. Lovely post. Lovely contribution.


I'm trying to start reading more poetry too after years of it passing me by although I'm not sure why. I have started by reading some of the Great War poets and revisiting Yeats and Dylan Thomas so thank you for the introduction to another poet I hadn't heard of before.

I love the idea of reading a poem each morning at breakfast but with the rush to work I'm not sure I am up to that so may be finding a quiet moment in the evening is a better option for me.


It was very kind of Cath to introduce us to such lovely poetry. My library unfortunately doesn't have any of his work, but there are a few poems by him an anthology that I plan on checking out. I like the idea of reading a poem at day, but for me I might start out slower and read one a week. If I set a day to write about a poem I think I would be much better about reading them (like my short stories), but we'll see if it happens--with the heat of summer now on me, I might not find the energy to do so until later in the fall.


This is the beauty of reading about other reader's favorite writers--being introduced to something new! Her posts are very lovely indeed!


I should really try some war poetry in honor of this year's anniversary. I have a few favorite poets and should dig out the few books I have on hand. Though it might be dangerous to read a new genre--an excuse to buy more books, which I really don't need! There is certainly something about reading poems that invites slowing down and being more thoughtful!


Thank you so much Penny. It was such a pleasure to write about him.


Kathy, when Danielle invited me to write a post or more I immediately knew one had to be about Rutger Kopland as I like him so very much.
All poems I quoted here can be found by following the link above to Poetry International.


LizF, last month my early morning poems were by Siegfried Sassoon!
Hopefully you can find Rutger Kopland one of these days too.
While still working I got up half an hour early (at six)because of the rush to work. I so much wanted to start my day at a different pace. It did work really well for me but late evening could be good too.


Oh Cath, I loved this so much! You know I recognized most of the poems. An Empty Place to Stay is in my personal poetry anthology. I loved the pieces of the interview you used and what he said about the garden! And his answer to what is a beautiful poem, yes! I am not surprised that I loved his poetry collection :)


I think I will have to try and get my hands on more of his poetry--I only found a few of his poems in an anthology. This is a perfect way to be introduced to a new-to-me poet!


So happy you liked it:)


Oh what a lovely post and what awonderful thing to do - to read two poems in the morning.
He sounds like such a wonderful poet. Thank you so much for introducing us.


Someday I am going to make a little project of reading poetry. For now I seem to only get little doses in fits and starts like this! I do like his writing style so need to add something by him to my wishlist I think. Do you read much poetry?


Not anymore. But here and there. A poem a day seems feasible and would be great, I think.


Thank you Caroline, I hope you are going to make it, reading one poem each day. It has so much enriched my life.


Thanks so much for writing this post and allowing me to share it here! I knew it would be a success--it seems you have inspired a number of readers! That's always such a good feeling. :)

Liz F

I have a volume of Sassoon's poetry - bought it partly because he was one of my dad's favourite poets and also because I had just read Regeneration and wanted to know more. So far I have only read two or three - I find I have to concentrate more to get the full meaning out of them but it is doing me good to be a bit more thoughtful.
Think I am going to have to invest in a book of Kopland's poetry as the library has nothing, and I do want to read more.
Thanks again for introducing me to his work.


I totally fizzled on the Pat Barker book...still want to read it. Did you find it hard to put down once you got into the story? I think I just didn't give it enough time and you know how easily distracted I get.... I plan on looking for a poetry book by Rutger Kopland, too.

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