Lol-taire's picture

Anyone here read much poetry?

And if you do who/ what do you like?

Also, (because I always recomend these books to anyone who'll listen) if you're interested in poetry- especially if you don't really know where to start- get hold of a copy of Staying Alive and Being Alive, edited by Neil Astley published by Bloodaxe books. They're amazing anthologies, very accessable but full of unexpected poems and poets. Some of the poets represented are the biggies, but there's a lot of poetry in translation and loads of more obscure poets included as well. It's the best introduction to modern poetry I can think of. They're books you can live in.

the ghost's picture

Sylvia Plath

is my favourite poet.I think she is brilliant.But also very sad.But I highlu recommend her to anyone and everyone.

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent-Eleanor Roosevelt

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A Night Without Armor

By Jewel
(yah, the singer)

Imstillhere's picture

Wow, she has a book of

Wow, she has a book of poetry????!?! awesome

Imstillhere's picture

i love poetry :)

Emily Dickinson, Pierson Mettler(my great great grandmother was a poet :D), sylvia plath, and loads more

cynical1inthecorner's picture

I don't read much of it, but

I don't read much of it, but I stumbled across a poetry book that I fell in love with. The author is Naomi Shihab Nye, and it's called "Words Under the Words."

In general I find poetry amazing--especially good poetry. I'm so wordy and long-winded that being able to express so much in a handful of phrases really impresses me.

paintthesilence's picture

Not to be cheesy and

Not to be cheesy and unoriginal, but I kinda like Walt Whitman. XD
Every once in a while I stumble across a collection of poetry by more contemporary poets, and those can be good too, but I don't really know any specific people from too recently.
I'll stop by the library and check out the books you've reccommended, though. :)

thoughtgoddess's picture

Richard Siken. His poetry is

Richard Siken.
His poetry is just... there are no words.

And T. S. Eliot, if we're jumping backward in time a bit.

jacjessen90's picture

can mine count? and eap! "On

can mine count? and eap!
"On with the dance! Let joy be unconfined!!" - Lord Byron

jacjessen90's picture

btw eadger a poe! "On with

btw eadger a poe!
"On with the dance! Let joy be unconfined!!" - Lord Byron

newt's picture

Recently got Allen

Recently got Allen Ginsberg's Selected Poems, and along with Sylvia Plath he's a favorite of mine.


My name is not gay;
because I am more than a orientation.

My name is not fag;
because I am more than a whipping post.

My name is not perv;
because I am more than a four-letter word.

msquared's picture

I like ancient poetry and

I like ancient poetry and contemporary poetry, but not much in between! Li Po and Tu Fu from Ancient China are great; Basho's haiku; Ancient Greek poems on same-sex love are always fascinating; Robert Frost; Robert Lowell; Elizabeth Bishop; Randall Jarrell; and Mary Oliver.

"But don't be afraid to be a fool. Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it."
-Stephen Colbert

whateversexual_llama's picture

@ msquared: love mary

@ msquared: love mary oliver.

favorite poem of all time (i'm into slam poetry hardcore) is andrea gibson.

Be yourself. 'Cause if you're busy being somebody else, who's gonna be you?