Friday, June 17, 2011

Book Beginnings on Friday: Beautiful & Pointless

'This book is about modern poetry. But a book about modern poetry can't be as confidently "about" its subject as a book about, say, college football or soap operas or dog shows or the pastas of Northern Italy. That's because poetry is poetry---it supposedly comes to us wrapped in mystery, veiled in shadow, cloaked in doubt, swaddled in...well, you get the idea. Consequently, the potential audience for a book about poetry nowadays consists of two mutually uncomprehending factions: the poets, for whom poetry is a matter of casual, day-to-day conversation; and the rest of the world, for whom it's a subject of at best mild and confused interest.'
from Beautiful & Pointless: A Guide to Modern Poetry by David Orr

Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted by A Few More Pages.
Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read,
making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading.
If you like, share with everyone why you do, or do not, like the sentence.

And don't forget about
my June Giveaway here at Readerbuzz...

Anna and the French Kiss!


  1. Interesting title, Beautiful and Pointless. Thank you for stopping by my blog house.

  2. I would love to win Anna And The French Kiss.

  3. Thanks for popping into Blogger Hop and telling me about the Friday Meme that you participate in. I love it! I'm also dying to read Anna and the French Kiss. It's on my tbr list - hasn't made it to the pile yet!


  4. Wow that total made no sense to me! Sorry :-/ ;-) Happy Reading!

  5. I like that tells us about the book and about poetry as if presenting a treasure or a gift. I like that.


  6. That's a great beginning. Very relaxed and chatty without being waffly. I like the sound of it - and what a great name for a book as well!

  7. Another great beginning! I like the wittiness of the writing.

    Thanks for participating in Book Beginnings!

  8. I just finished reading Beautiful & Pointless last night, so it surprised me to see it pop up in Google Reader. Hope you enjoy it. :)

  9. How unlikely is that, Melody? It's not like Beautiful & Pointless is on the bestseller list!

  10. Is it really?! (One moment while I crawl out from under my rock...) I impulse bought it last weekend: found it on the highest shelf on the back wall of the bottom floor of B&N. Hrm...

  11. ...or was that not sarcasm? maybe I need to crawl back into bed! I'm so confused. My sense of humor feels all out of whack. ;)

  12. I love the "wrapped in mystery, cloaked in doubt" etc. part! Very nice!

    Here are my Friday Memes:

  13. Hi Deb Nance,

    Thanks for stopping by 'Fiction Books' earlier, I just love 'meeting' new people.

    I just love the title of the book, with it's relevance apparent from those first few lines.

    I'm not sure whether those lines would make me want to read on, or not, but I may do, just out of curiosity.

    I don't read poetry on a regular basis, but will browse occasionally, both modern and classic poetry, depending on how the mood takes me.


  14. I love poetry, I am dedicating my blog to poetry for the month of July, once a week I'm going to feature a poet, old school and new school. Just to liven it up.

  15. Hi!
    I love and hate poetry: love the sounds, the feelings, but sometimes I can't stand it! So complicated!

    Good luck with your book!

  16. Beautiful and Pointless has been sitting in my Titlesource cart to purchase for the library for weeks now--can't wait until the new fiscal year so there's money to order it! I think I'll be first in line to check it out.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  17. Anna and the French Kiss was a very nice romance. I have seen that the author has another book out (or coming out) too. Have you had a chance to see that one?

  18. I absolutely love those lines and this book is going on my tbr list. Thanks for sharing!
    Debbie from


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