Thursday, May 03, 2007


Read this question over on Sturgeon's Law.

Say someone asked me, "I kind of like poetry, but I don't know anything about contemporary poetry. Who should I read?"

My taste in "contemporary" poetry is fairly non-contemporary, but I consider anyone still writing in the 1960's to be contemporary, so with that in mind here is my list for today (in no particular order).

Robert Wrigley
Evan S. Connell
Robert Penn Warren
Larry Levis
Albert Goldbarth
William Matthews
Bob Hicok
James Wright
Ted Hughes
Galway Kinnell
James Dickey
Gary Snyder

1 comment:

sam of the ten thousand things said...

Here are twelve that I return to often...

Lynda Hull
Larry Levis
Yusef Komunyakaa
Anne Carson
Eavan Boland
Sharon Olds
Olena Kalytiak Davis
Mark Doty
Jack Gilbert
Robert Hass
Lucille Clifton
Carolyn Forche