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Recommend a poem or poet

Posted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:05 am UTC
by Bufo_periglenes
I like poetry! Perhaps you do too?

A medievalist has been writing poems, in a variety of styles, based on different gargoyles on the National Cathedral, and posting them here:
gargoyle poetry by Jeff Sypeck

This is a nice, sinister sonnet:
An Interrogator's Opening Remarks, by Alan Gould

Wisława Szymborska (which I think is pronounced Viswava Shymborska, but I'm not sure) might be my favorite poet who writes free verse. Links:
A Little Girl Tugs at the Tablecloth
Interview with Atropos
A Contribution to Statistics

Re: Recommend a poem or poet

Posted: Sat Jun 18, 2011 4:07 am UTC
by PAstrychef
Marvin Bell. Drawn by stone, by earth, by things that have been in the fire is a marvel.

Re: Recommend a poem or poet

Posted: Sat Jun 25, 2011 4:54 pm UTC
by DustinKoski
I hate to recommend such a one hit wonder, but the Antigonish creeps me out very effectively for how simple it is:

Yesterday upon the stair
I met a man who wasn't there.
He wasn't there again today
I wish that man would go away.


Almost makes me want to make a song for it.

Re: Recommend a poem or poet

Posted: Thu Jul 28, 2011 2:06 am UTC
by modularblues
So hard for me to pick, so here are my favorite poems on deviantART :P

Re: Recommend a poem or poet

Posted: Fri Jul 29, 2011 4:39 pm UTC
by Bufo_periglenes
DustinKoski wrote:I hate to recommend such a one hit wonder, but the Antigonish creeps me out very effectively for how simple it is:

Yesterday upon the stair
I met a man who wasn't there.
He wasn't there again today
I wish that man would go away.


Almost makes me want to make a song for it.



I've only ever heard a parody of this:

Yesterday upon the stair
I met a man who wasn't there.
He wasn't there again today;
I think he's from the CIA.

It used to turn up in something called Wanda the Fish that came with Linux. It's fun to learn that that comes from somewhere.

Re: Recommend a poem or poet

Posted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 6:26 pm UTC
by Amie
This guy isn't popular or anything but I love his work. He goes by the name Joaquin Carvel. This is one of my favourite poems by him. It's called "The Butcher & His Bride." I like how he tells stories in a few words and simple rhymes. Just the kind of thing I adore.

Re: Recommend a poem or poet

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:51 pm UTC
by Euphonium
Anna Akhmatova

Re: Recommend a poem or poet

Posted: Fri Jan 13, 2012 8:12 pm UTC
by ArchaicHipster
Bump.

Simon Armitage is brilliant, and an example of a quite well-known poet.

I also really like Edna St Vincent Millay and Phillip Larkin.

Re: Recommend a poem or poet

Posted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 2:22 am UTC
by Tea Leaf
Though I have not read many of his poems John Agard is one of my favourite poets (though that's not saying much). I saw him at Poetry Live back when I was doing my GCSEs a few years ago; he brought us out of our slumber. If I had to recommended a poem of his I would suggest "The Alternative Anthem", you can see him read it on YouTube if you would like to.

Re: Recommend a poem or poet

Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:56 am UTC
by Jorpho
Poetry doesn't really do much for me – but it's darn difficult to disparage Shel Silverstein.

And I like this Tom Wayman guy, too.
http://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/013.html

Re: Recommend a poem or poet

Posted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:48 pm UTC
by Bharrata
I'm not sure how much poetry some of you know, so I might just be recommending the obvious but here are my suggestions:


Rumi (the Coleman Barks interpretations if you're English first language)

Rolf Aggestam

John Donne

Denise Levertov

Charles Stein (though you might not dig him if you're not one for Continental philosophy :mrgreen: )

Re: Recommend a poem or poet

Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2012 4:46 pm UTC
by Torinmr
My favorite poet is Wislawa Szymborska. She was born in 1923, and died two days ago. She was a polish poet who lived under communist rule, yet managed to write amazingly beautiful and hopeful poetry. In 1996, she won the Nobel prize for literature. Here's one of my favorite poems by her:

We have a soul at times.
No one's got it non-stop,
for keeps.

Day after day,
year after year
may pass without it.

Sometimes
it will settle for awhile
only in childhood's fears and raptures.
Sometimes only in astonishment
that we are old.

It rarely lends a hand
in uphill tasks,
like moving furniture,
or lifting luggage,
or going miles in shoes that pinch.

It usually steps out
whenever meat needs chopping
or forms have to be filled.

For every thousand conversations
it participates in one,
if even that,
since it prefers silence.

Just when our body goes from ache to pain,
it slips off-duty.

It's picky:
it doesn't like seeing us in crowds,
our hustling for a dubious advantage
and creaky machinations make it sick.

Joy and sorrow
aren't two different feelings for it.
It attends us
only when the two are joined.

We can count on it
when we're sure of nothing
and curious about everything.

Among the material objects
it favors clocks with pendulums
and mirrors, which keep on working
even when no one is looking.

It won't say where it comes from
or when it's taking off again,
though it's clearly expecting such questions.

We need it
but apparently
it needs us
for some reason too.



More poetry: http://www.poetseers.org/nobel_prize_for_literature/wislawa_szymborska/library/
More info: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisława_Szymborska