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Recommend a poem or poet

Postby Bufo_periglenes » Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:05 am UTC

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
Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas. —Albert Einstein
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Re: Recommend a poem or poet

Postby PAstrychef » Sat Jun 18, 2011 4:07 am UTC

Marvin Bell. Drawn by stone, by earth, by things that have been in the fire is a marvel.
Don’t become a well-rounded person. Well rounded people are smooth and dull. Become a thoroughly spiky person. Grow spikes from every angle. Stick in their throats like a puffer fish.
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Re: Recommend a poem or poet

Postby DustinKoski » Sat Jun 25, 2011 4:54 pm UTC

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.
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Re: Recommend a poem or poet

Postby modularblues » Thu Jul 28, 2011 2:06 am UTC

So hard for me to pick, so here are my favorite poems on deviantART :P
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Re: Recommend a poem or poet

Postby Bufo_periglenes » Fri Jul 29, 2011 4:39 pm UTC

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.
Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas. —Albert Einstein
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Re: Recommend a poem or poet

Postby Amie » Thu Nov 03, 2011 6:26 pm UTC

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.
Summer is miles and miles away, and no one would ask me to stay.
And I, should contemplate this change... to ease the pain.
And I, should step out of the rain... turn away.
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Re: Recommend a poem or poet

Postby Euphonium » Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:51 pm UTC

Anna Akhmatova
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Re: Recommend a poem or poet

Postby ArchaicHipster » Fri Jan 13, 2012 8:12 pm UTC

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.
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Re: Recommend a poem or poet

Postby Tea Leaf » Sat Jan 21, 2012 2:22 am UTC

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.
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Re: Recommend a poem or poet

Postby Jorpho » Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:56 am UTC

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
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Re: Recommend a poem or poet

Postby Bharrata » Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:48 pm UTC

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: )
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Re: Recommend a poem or poet

Postby Torinmr » Sun Feb 05, 2012 4:46 pm UTC

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
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