I read widely from many genres. Perhaps this blog will feature fewer ratings and reviews, but I certainly intend to write about my reading life - it's the subject I most find myself wanting to talk about.
Ted Kooser is my favorite poet. I went to study with him at the Duluth Writers workshop in 2007, which is a very special memory for me. All I want for Christmas (Mom, Dad, or Sister) is his new book, "Splitting an Order."
He reads a poem about half-way through the clip in the link above, and it's well worth watching the whole fundraising message. The best publishers of poetry (and in my opinion, the best publishers in this country) are non-profit small presses. My three favorites, and three of the very finest, are Copper Canyon (whose fundraising message this is), Graywolf Press, and Coffee House press. All are grateful for even small donations.
Read. Listen. Give (and buy direct from the publishers or independent, local bookstores).