Title: 50 Essential Books Of Poetry That Everyone Should Read
Author: Emily Temple, Flavorwire
The Internet, Online, 3/11/2015
Lighthead, Terrance Hayes
Hayes is a people’s poet, writing about pop culture and race and masculinity and humanity, with whip-smart attention and playful, exuberant lines that pop and puzzle and give it to you straight and give it to you on the sly. This collection, his fourth, won the National Book Award in 2010. For the record, he also gives a killer reading.
Praise, Robert Hass
The former Poet Laureate’s William Carlos Williams-award-winning second collection is flawless. Architectural and intellectual, beautiful and cheeky, and infused with a deep regard for the natural. Then there are those incredible introductory lines: “We asked the captain what course/ of action he proposed to take toward/ a beast so large, terrifying, and unpredictable. He hesitated to/ answer, and then said judiciously:/ ‘I think I shall praise it.’
The Book of Nightmares, Galway Kinnell
Fierce and forceful, rich and ravishing, alchemical and academic, Kinnell’s poems are like no one else’s. This one might be even better than his Collected, which won the Pulitzer and the National Book Award.
Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair, Pablo Neruda
An essential collection for any lover. How can it not be, with lines like this: “I want / to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees”?
Ariel, Sylvia Plath
Plath’s poems are deeply felt, deeply menacing dreams, roiling and crystalline and absolutely essential.
The Complete Poems, Emily Dickinson
Howl and Other Poems, Allen Ginsberg
Allen Ginsberg is one of those figures that our collective consciousness is kind of stuck on. Be one of the people who actually know what his poetry is like — and get more than a taste of the times in which it was written in the process.
Mother Love, Rita Dove
This collection from one of the living poetic greats is modeled on Rilke’s Sonnets to Orpheus, but also makes use of the myth of Demeter and Persephone to explore the cyclical, fraught, essential mother/daughter bond, her poems speaking for those contemporary women who “are struggling to sing in their chains.” Truly glorious stuff.
Mountain Interval, Robert Frost
Avoid the common misunderstanding of the last couplet of “The Road Not Taken” by actually reading the whole poem. Sadly, this is probably the road less traveled. Also, Frost has won four Pulitzers. Just saying.
Where the Sidewalk Ends, Shel Silverstein
The poet for children of all ages.
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