In this morning’s post about poetry, Flood asked where someone might begin in the quest for good poetry. I suggested that those interested look for poetry from across cultures, across history, and across styles. Allow yourself to be directed as much by accident and happenstance as by willful intent to read.
As promised, below are just two poems which I love written by two different poets. If you like them, go grab the books and enjoy some more! If you’re interested in future poetry suggestions, please let me know in the comments… I’d be happy to oblige on a regular basis, and I’m always open to your poetry recommendations too of course!
(If you’ve stopped by Arboreality, you know I have a love for trees and nature, so I admit to some bias in my poetic loves… but of course, who among us is not biased in our artistic tastes?)
Ok, and I can’t help myself. Here is my “short list” of just SOME of my favorite poets. Grab one at random off the list, and look for their work. You’ll find that one leads you to another, who leads you to someone else entirely. This list is in no way comprehensive or complete, and poets are arranged in no particular order.
A Few Good Poets
William Butler Yeats
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Jayadeva (author of The Gitagovinda)
H. D. (Hilda Doolittle)
Naomi Shihab Nye
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Two Good Poems
[I have removed these poems per my discussion about copyrights and fair use which you can read about on Tuesday, July 25, 2006. If you want to read these poems, I encourage you to visit your local library and grab a copy of the books cited below!]
Li-Young Lee, From Blossoms; Book source: Rose © 1986. BOA Editions Ltd.
Sylvia Plath, I Am Vertical; Book source: Crossing the Water © 1971. Harper and Row Publishers.