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Hello, dear reader.

Read A Little Poetry began as a passion project in 2005 and is now a thriving collection of hundreds of great poems. It is my commonplace book for works I have found, read, and loved through the years.

Each post is accompanied by marginalia—mostly ruminations on life and the world as it shifts beneath our feet, and almost always a conversation with the poem on the page. I endeavour to regularly share new work from books on my own shelves, those that I’ve found in the library, as well as online and print magazines and journals.

Each selected poem draws from experiences of gratitude and joy, grief and loss, and the deep well of being human. Sometimes questions arise: “Why am I here?” and “How can I keep going?” and “Is this all there is?”. Other times one can only utter “Thank you,” and “Please,” after each line break, as if poems are prayers we draw from memory, or perhaps another life.

If you have been longing for a companion in your poetry journey, you are welcome here. This is a soft and tender place for you to land, and wander awhile.

The heart of this place

Read A Little Poetry has evolved over almost two decades as a community of poetry lovers, readers, writers, educators, among others, whom I found are aligned with my vision for what I want to accomplish in this little corner of the world:

  • Hold poets to the light and promote their work and their books
  • Share moving poems that become our anchors through time, through the gamut of delight and sorrow, and everything else in between
  • Nourish the inner life and imagination of anyone looking to get started on reading and/or writing poetry
  • Pursue a deeper exploration of poetry, writing, literature, creativity, loving, and living
  • Discover more work by poets who come from both large or small presses

An enduring commitment

My poetry education as a young writer consisted of reading works from old, white, cisgender, heterosexual men and women. It was what was available to me at the time, apart from the literature in my country. Hence, I am devoting my efforts to reading more works from women, LGBTQ+ and people of colour, and most importantly, living poets.

I seek to expand my reach however best I can, highlighting poets that come not just from the U.S. but also all over the world. Nevertheless, this site is primarily offered in the English language, so that it will remain accessible to readers wherever they reside.

While Read A Little Poetry has been instrumental to many teachers in planning their syllabus, it is not affiliated with any academic or literary institution. Because the poems I share are my personal choices, I am able to sustain this project independent of any outside influence, and I intend to keep this format for as long as possible.

Ultimately, there is no entity behind this site other than myself, and it will always remain free to all.

Building an archive

To provide sources for the text wherever possible is a continuing endeavour. The poems posted in the past are from books in my personal collection, or jotted in notebooks, journals, scraps of paper years back when I was still studying and borrowing copies from friends or the school library. I am currently working through old posts to make sure that everything is properly credited—if not the book where the poem was published, then a link to a literary journal or magazine, or other sites.

My mission is to make this place a useful resource for everyone, hence I am in the process of building the following:

  • A comprehensive index of tags and topics
  • A list of all poets and their work
  • And other future features

A work in progress

I’ve always turned to Read A Little Poetry in times of incredible anguish or unbridled hope. You have witnessed me grow up, grow older, get lost, and find myself over and over since I was nineteen years old. I said then that this was an attempt to discover pieces of my life tucked away in poems, waiting to meet me again. I think I have lived through worlds, a hundred of them, narrated by poets who knew exactly what I was feeling and going through. This remains true.

Everything written here are my days blurring into one another. I wrote things for myself, but maybe I wrote it for you, too.

Yes, dear stranger: I am in love with poetry—have been for all these years. Poems have saved me in one way or another, and I hope the same for you.

As always, everything here is a work in progress.

Yours,
T.

Pleased to meet you

T. De Los Reyes is the author of the chapbook Woeman (Hawai’i Review, 2018). A finalist for the 2021 Sappho Prize by Palette Poetry, her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Crazyhorse, Pleiades, Split Lip Magazine, Cordite Poetry Review, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Rabbit Catastrophe Review, The Philippine Free Press, and The Philippine Graphic, among others.

Her work is in conversation with womanhood, eros, and mapping the body—exploring geography vis-a-vis the question of identity as a person of colour. Past recognitions include: Notable Manuscript for the 2016 BOAAT Chapbook Prize, First Place in Filipino Poetry in the 2007 Maningning Miclat Poetry Awards, and Fellow for Filipino Poetry in the 2005 Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices, National Writers Workshop.

She is the designer of Nowruz Journal, a finalist for the 2022 CLMP Firecracker Award in Magazines/Best Debut, and runs Possibilities Studio, advising and working with writers and artists, as well as creative entrepreneurs and small businesses. She is also a community teaching assistant for ModPo (Modern and Contemporary American Poetry), offered by the University of Pennsylvania as a massive open online course for the past ten years.

She lives and writes in Manila, Philippines.

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Comments (66)

  • Discovered your elegant site today. Clearly a labor of love. Thank you for your thoughtful selections and comments.

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  • Found your site today as I searched for a poem for the daily writing group I lead. At first, I was uncertain if what I was reading was written by Mary Oliver. I happened upon the page with her poem “Breakage”. I read the numbered writing, and the poem below. In our group we read one poem, then I guide us through prompts, and we close with a mediation. I hope it is ok with you, but today I am using both your writing and Mary Oliver’s poem as our pieces. While I don’t know who you are, I will guide my writing group to your page. Beautiful site. I look forward to reading and exploring more.

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  • Nina C

    Thank you for give us a fresh breeze with every poem.

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  • I am very much relieved upon stumbling on your blog two weeks ago, B. Your words are two-edged and once inflicted, has the ability to reveal a hidden connection between the soul and the spirit. How I love reading your entries, days and nights, where I spent my hours weeping in my apartment, trying to at least survive it and still find meaning in it. I really hope words can appease my soul, and quench the thirst of my spirit.

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