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Subject: Looking for poetry suggestions?
Date Posted: 7/22/2012 8:09 PM ET
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Hi all,

I'd love if you could suggest to me your favorite poets or a couple of your favorite poems.  smiley

Date Posted: 7/22/2012 9:30 PM ET
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I really like Edna St. Vincent Millay.

And can I recommend a book called American's Favorite Poems?  

American's Favorite Poems

There are poems chosen by all different types of people and they tell why they chose each one.

I also like Shel Silverstein's poem "Nose Garden".  Kids love it!

Robert Frost is another favorite.

Langston Hughes.


Date Posted: 7/23/2012 2:20 AM ET
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Too many, but if your taste runs less to the florid and precious and more to the literate and witty and philosophical, you could do an awful lot worse than Philip Levine's collection What Work Is.

Also, old as they are, no serious interest should be without Kenneth Rexroth's collections One Hundred Poems from the Chinese and One Hundred Poems from the Japanese.

Then crack open the Ogden Nash.

Date Posted: 7/24/2012 3:23 PM ET
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Thanks, guys!  I'll see if they have any of these at my library.

Date Posted: 7/26/2012 11:34 AM ET
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Immortal Poemsof the English Language

This is my favorite collection of poetry.  My personal favorites are William Blake (Songs of Innocence and Experience), Robert Browning (Child Roland to the Dark Tower Came), W.B. Yeats (The Second Coming).

Date Posted: 8/7/2012 9:29 PM ET
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I like Billy Collins. Some of my favorites are The Country, Insomnia, and Forgetfulness. Here is a link to some of his poems:


He was Poet Laureate of the US from 2001-2003.

Date Posted: 8/11/2012 5:57 PM ET
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Billy Collins

The lanyard.