Between them, the writers in my two groups have have won prizes and published extensively, but what is infinitely engaging is leaning in to listen to someone reading a new poem.
Writing is itself a process of constant flux; it throws memory, the present, experiences, language and images into doubt, or presents them all as potential material.
This is reading as a meander and a different kind of immersion in a subject than the reading I do when I'm working on poems with a specific theme. I tend to read novels to relax or to be lost in a narrative.
Through Amado I sensed society could be more forgiving than life in Surrey. Tent of Miracles was my self-help book not something from the Mind and Body section. Armado's women are strong, and he loves them.