Posted 10 September 2003 - 07:08 PM
Does anyone have any favorite poets or books of poetry that they can recommend? Or any acclaimed poets that you don't see what all the fuss is about?
Specific poems that are meaningful to you?
Posted 10 September 2003 - 07:19 PM
and my wife.
I also greatly enjoy Stanley Kunitz, Robert Hass, Mary Oliver, Adam Zagajewski, and a host of others that I'll think of as soon as I post this.
Posted 11 September 2003 - 10:15 AM
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Posted 11 September 2003 - 10:39 AM
Louise Glück (Our new poet laureate! Check out "Elms" and "Mock Orange")
Carolyn Forché (Absolutely brilliant. Some of my favorites are "The Colonel" and "San Onofre, California")
Brigit Pegeen Kelly ("Song")
Richard Frost ("Clay" or anything else from "Neighbor Blood")
Anyone else have specific poems they love?
Posted 11 September 2003 - 10:55 AM
W. H. Auden
Christopher Smart (way ahead of his time)
T. S. Eliot (especially "The Waste Land")
I'm sadly ignorant on contemporary poets.
Posted 11 September 2003 - 11:29 AM
(Great sig, Diane!)
Posted 11 September 2003 - 11:59 AM
Christopher Smart (way ahead of his time)
Sometimes being crazy will do that to you :wink:
But I love Smart, too. And the line between inspired and insane can be very fine.
Posted 11 September 2003 - 12:24 PM
I wrote a paper on Cowper and Smart in college. Those two had a lot of painful things in common. I admire them both.
Why, thank you!
Ha ha! Beth, I actually started to say the same thing about Christopher Smart's insanity in my post.
Posted 11 September 2003 - 01:40 PM
I can see why you would like Jane Hirshfield JO, your wife is one of my favorite poets for some of the same reasons I like her. Your wife has a better knack for very sensitive visualization though.
You can all see some of JO's wife's poetry featured in our magazine, the next issue of which comes out on the 15th.
Posted 11 September 2003 - 11:05 PM
T.S.Eliot: ditto on The Waste Land, try The Hollow Men, ...Prufrock, and The Rock.
Pablo Neruda: The Book of Questions, or any of his riduculously, astoundingly, and overwhelming beautiful love poems. According to those in the know, swooning awaits any woman hearing and understanding these poems in the original Spanish.
Rainier Marie Rilke: strange and beautiful
And, why not Linford Detweiler?
Posted 12 September 2003 - 09:31 AM
It's kind of idiosyncratically organized with thematic "chapters," and some brief editorial commentary on some poems, and draws on a very limited selection of poets. But as someone once said of Katharine Hepburn, "what there is, is cherce."
Poets featured in this collection:
Scott Cairns (he just keeps popping up)
David Citino (there he is again--a really nice guy, too)
Louise Erdrich (more well-known as a novelist)
David Brendan Hopes
Posted 12 September 2003 - 10:00 AM
Posted 12 September 2003 - 11:44 AM
|All the Scott Cairns love prompted me to seek out some of his stuff online. Fantastic poetry. I was impressed. Shame his books all seem to be out of print...|
Philokalia (Zoo Press, 2002) is in print, selected poems from four of his earlier books. 30% off at amazon.com
Posted 12 September 2003 - 01:55 PM
|Pablo Neruda: The Book of Questions, or any of his riduculously, astoundingly, and overwhelming beautiful love poems. According to those in the know, swooning awaits any woman hearing and understanding these poems in the original Spanish.|
The swooning? Is so true. Have you read the Neruda collection The Sea and the Bells ? It's full of poems he wrote towards the end of his life, and the very last one -- "Finale" -- is to his wife. Gorgeous.
And I think the same "swooning" statement could be said about certain Donne poems...! :wink:
Posted 23 September 2005 - 01:53 PM
Beth or anyone else reading this thread: Can you recommend any particular volume by Hudgins? I posted about his visit tomorrow to the National Book Festival, and I'm planning to listen to him read. I'd like to buy a collection of his poetry, but direct guidance from someone familiar with his work would be helpful.
Posted 23 September 2005 - 03:55 PM
I think his latest, Ecstatic in the Poison is not a bad place to start. It provides something of a range of his style while still being coherent. These poems illustrate very well his holy subversion.
Posted 23 September 2005 - 06:01 PM
That's just what I was hoping to hear, I confess. I think some of his highly regarded past work is out of print, or simply might not be made available at the book table tomorrow.
Posted 25 September 2005 - 08:40 PM
I'd planned to buy his latest collection, Ecstatic in the Poison, at the Book Festival, but the lines were so long that, had I waited, I would've missed Hudgins' presentation. So I bagged the purchase, listened to his talk, returned to the second book-sales tent to find that it, too, had a gargantuan line, then meandered back to the poet pavilion, where Hudgins was still signing books. I had the opportunity ask him which of his volumes would appeal most to someone with a Christian sensibility, and he recommended the now out-of-print The Never Ending.
Checking Amazon, I found a used copy for a nice price, plus cheap used copies of Ecstatic and a book-length poem about a Civil War soldier, the name of which escapes me at the moment. I believe Hudgins won the Pulitzer Prize for that volume, but I could be wrong.
I'm delighted with this discovery.
I should add that my renewed interest in poetry, though it hadn't really caught any sort of fire until the past week, has been stoked by listening to Garrison Keillor's "The Writer's Almanac" feature, which airs on one of our NPR affiliates each morning at 6:30. Keillor always closes with a poem, and I've been impressed at the breadth of his choices. Turns out that, according to today's "Book World" in The Washington Post, several of those poems have been collected into a recently published volume, which, although not yet a best-seller, appears along the bottom of the best-seller list with the designation "also selling well in independent bookstores."
I may have to track down a copy of that collection as well.
Posted 26 September 2005 - 01:27 PM
Thoughts? Is this sort of poetry considered too cute?
FWIW, the title of the poem that hooked me is "In the Bleachers," in the collection Babylon in a Jar.
Edited by Christian, 26 September 2005 - 01:51 PM.