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Are you looking for suggestions on poets, or for anthologies with a variety of poems? I don't have anything on my shelf, but my favorite poet is e.e. cummings. I did my senior seminar in college on World War I poetry, and I got to like some of them as well. The War Poems by Siegfried Sassoon is a good collection, and The Penguin Anthology of World War I Poetry was one we used for the class. I did my project on Edward Thomas. His poems tend to be more Georgian/pastoral, but still interesting. I don't know if there are any modern collections. I kind of had to scrape the bottom of the library barrel to find stuff on him.
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I would def get a copy of William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. Make sure you get one that includes the illuminated engravings...in color. They correlate with the poem and you will get so much more out of the poem after seeing the illuminated engravings. The poems are great and I really enjoy them.
Also, Robert Browning has a lot of great poems that are kind of fun to read.
what type of poetry is your favorite? Or what style are you interested in?
I also just read Spring Poems Along the Rio Grande by Jimmy Baca for school. Personally I didn't like it, it was more contemporary and not my style. Have you read any of his?
I'm very unfond of most poetry, but there are a few poets I really like. As Hannah mentioned, Robert Browning can be great fun. I also like Tennyson (The Lady of Shalott and Ulysses in particular) and Rainer Maria Rilke. With the latter, definitely try the poems translated by Stephen Mitchell, which are lovely beyond belief. For modern poets, Billy Collins and Philip Larkin are pretty good too.
Language of Life edited by Bill Moyers
Passionate Hearts edited by Wendy Maltz (not hokey at all; best contemporary collection of love/sex/relationship poetry I've read)
My Wicked Ways by Sandra Cisneros
Any Cave Canem anthology
Who were the poets you studied in school? What did you like about them? What have you read sense?
I really have a hard time knowing what to recommend when I don't know anything about the person asking for the recommendation. My experience is that I find very little in the library. That's why I buy so much poetry. There are several online sites you can check and get a sense of some poets before you invest in collections.
I'd be curious to hear how much poetry you find in your local library.
Ah, I like Adrienne Rich. I have a huge volume of collected poems by her.
Have you considered investigating in contemporary poets who clearly have a solid foundation in the classics or solid understanding of poetics?
I have a collection of Galway Kinnell. A favorite is from an anthology, Passionate Hearts. I could post it here, if you'd like. I think you could appreciate it.
Post the poem? Sure!! I love Galway Kinnell. I met him once and he signed a book of his poetry I have. It was just him and me backstage at a poetry reading honoring Etheridge Knight. I wanted to kiss him so badly, LOL...I remember it as if it was yesterday.
"After Making Love We Hear Footsteps"
by Galway Kinnell
For I can snore like a bullhorn
or play loud music
or sit up talking with any reasonably sober Irishman
and Fergus will only sink deeper
into his dreamless sleep, which goes by all in one flash,
but let there be that heavy breathing
or a stifled come-cry anywhere in the house
and he will wrench himself awake
and make for it on the run- as now, we lie together,
after making love, quiet, touching along the length
of our bodies,
familiar touch of the long-married,
and he appears- in his baseball pajamas, it happens,
the neck opening so small he has to screw them on-
and flops down between us and hugs and snuggles
himself to sleep,
his face gleaming with satisfaction at being this very child.
In the half darkness we look at each other
and touch arms across this little, startlingly muscled body-
this one whom habit of memory propels to the ground
of his making,
sleeper only the mortal sounds can sing awake,
this blessing love gives again into our arms.
from Passionate Hearts: The Poetry of Sexual Love edited by Wendy Maltz
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"AFTER READING MICKEY IN THE NIGHT
KITCHEN FOR THE THIRD TIME BEFORE BED
I'M IN THE MILK AND THE MILK'S IN ME...I'M MICKEY!"
by Rita Dove
My daughter spreads her legs
to find her vagina:
hairless, this mistaken
bit of nomenclature
is what a stranger cannot touch
without her yelling. She demands
to see mine and momentarily
we're a lopsided star
among the spilled toys,
my prodigious scallops
exposed to her neat cameo.
And yet the same glazed
tunnel, layered sequences.
She is three; that makes this
innocent. We're pink!
she shrieks, and bounds off.
Every month she wants
to know where it hurts
and what the wrinkled string means
between my legs. This is good blood
I say, but that's wrong, too.
How to tell her that it's what makes us-
black mother, cream child.
That we're in the pink
and the pink's in us.
From Language of Life edited by Bill Moyers.
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LaTonya wrote: "After Making Love We Hear Footsteps"
Oooh - I love that one! I heard him read it that night at that same poetry reading. He was joking about how it was true - that Fergus would come running into their bed every time they got down, LOL...
My Favorite of his is:
Saint Francis And The Sow
It gives me chills.
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I love that Rita Dove poem too. I just requested Body Drama from the library - I think my niece could use it, and I want to preview it first. She is 15 and living with MIL who wouldn't even use the word "vagina".
You might opt to keep the book at your house. I'm seriously thinking about who I'm going to promote it to at the agency. There are a few staffers who might object. Amazing, if you want to hide something just put it in a book. I am very unhappy about the lack of reading and literacy among staffers, but I digress.
There is more of Dove in my Language of Life collection. Will try to post more if you like.
Need to get ready for work now.
It's from Mortal Acts, Mortal Words which I think is my favorite collection of his.
I will look for the Language of Life book - sounds interesting!
Wow - I just searched Rita Dove...This is lovely:
Lady Freedom Among Us
© Rita Dove.
Please do post more if you have time. There used to be a Poetry Genre forum here, but I think it got nixed to make room for more popular genres. :/
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Ah, I was going to post that one. lol
We think too much alike.
I think we should petition for a poetry forum to be brought back.
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