Title: 20 Books of Poetry Everyone Should Own ; Verse to reach for on a lazy evening—or a difficult day: The poetry no reader’s library should be without.
Author: Carmela Ciuraru,
Full Text & Source:http://www.oprah.com/book/Before-40-The-Complete-Poems?editors_pick_id=29905
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- The Complete Poems, 1927 – 1979 By Elizabeth Bishop
272 pages; Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Once out of print, Bishop’s love poems (“Insomnia,” “The Shampoo”) were originally intended for women, but they now seem universal, and her famed villanelle “One Art” is among the greatest poems on loss ever written.
2. Migration By W.S. Merwin
545 pages; Copper Canyon Press
The current U.S. poet laureate (see “Tree Spirit,” page 176), is a master of unpunctuated style and dreamlike meditations. His work is passionate and powerful, especially on the topic of our endangered landscape.
3. The Essential Rumi By Rumi
416 pages; HarperOne
The 13th-century Persian mystic’s words continue to resonate, particularly in this translation, which offers a remarkably contemporary voice.
4. Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair By Pablo Neruda
80 pages; Chronicle Books
5. Opened Ground: Selected Poems, 1966 – 1996 By Seamus Heaney
464 pages; Farrar, Straus and Giroux
The Nobel laureate is regarded as the finest Irish poet since Yeats. His rough-hewn work is steeped in rural life, family, aging, and loss.
6. The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou By Maya Angelou
288 pages; Random House
7. The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson By Emily Dickinson
770 pages; Back Bay Books
She wrote almost 1,800 poems, but few were published in her lifetime. She rarely left her room, much less her father’s house; locals regarded her as an eccentric. Yet Dickinson’s verse grappled with big issues—love and death and solitude—and her passion is nearly unparalleled.
8. Mother Love By Rita Dove
96 pages; W.W. Norton & Company
In this acclaimed 1995 volume, the former poet laureate tackles the fierce, intense bond between mothers and daughters: “I survived / their shoves across the schoolyard / because my five-foot-zero mother drove up / in her Caddie to shake them down to size.”
9. Selected Poems By Frank O’Hara
288 pages; Knopf
Fatally struck by a dune buggy on Fire Island at age 40, this iconic New York poet was exuberant and magnanimous, and never took himself too seriously: “And here I am, the / center of all beauty! / writing these poems! / Imagine!”
10. The Wind Blows Through the Doors of My Heart: Poems By Deborah Digges
72 pages; Knopf
This collection is worth owning for the powerful title poem alone (“In my heart and its rooms is dark and windy”), which seems to foreshadow her 2009 suicide.
11. A New Selected Poems By Galway Kinnell ………………..
12. View with a Grain of Sand: Selected Poems By Wislawa Szymborska
13. The Poetry of Robert Frost By Robert Frost
14. The Best of It: New and Selected Poems By Kay Ryan
15. E. E. Cummings: Complete Poems, 1904 -1962 By E.E. Cummings
16. Dream Work By Mary Oliver
17. The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks By Gwendolyn Brooks
18. Ariel: The Restored Edition By Sylvia Plath
19. The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes By Langston Hughes
20. William Carlos Williams: Selected Poems By William Carlos Williams ….
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