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Help me; spend money on poetry
Topic Started: Sep 14 2011, 12:02 AM (1,645 Views)
conebeckham
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I'd second the following:
Walcott. You need Omeros as well as everything subsequent to the Collected.....
Heaney
Merrill, for sure....Sandover and Collected.
Les Murray, ditto, Fredy Neptune also, a wonderful book. Learning Human is a good collection....
Borges?
Roethke.....if you're gonna have Lowell and Berryman, might as well have Ted, too....I find he stands up as well as Berryman, and frankly, better than Cal....but that's just me.


Canox's list is great, though I have no Creeley, I should.....

BTW, thanks to Canox for starting threads about all the American Poets, I quite enjoyed reading those after an absence.

Stevie Smith's Collected is a nice book...
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conebeckham
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What do we think of Gary Snyder, by the way?
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conebeckham
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Not much, I gather?
:laugh:


Call him "Gary, the Thread Killer."
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A Common Reader
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Cannot believe that amongst all the grey beards already listed no one suggested these two- actually my two favorites:

WH Auden both the Collected Poems and The English Auden

Wallace Stevens The Complete Poems in the Library of America edition

I would also suggest Jack Gilbert and his Collected Poems which I enjoyed immensely last year. Also the newly published Selected Poems by Brad Leithauser and The Selected Poems by John Hollander. Also the two volumes of Collected Poems by both Anthony Hecht and Peter Porter.

Many I like have already been mentioned. To counter the excessive male character of this list I offer another favorite from last year- Louise Gluck's Poems 1962 to 2012 and Amy Clampett's The Collected Poems.

Good luck as you make your choices and begin to read.
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I thought of one further 'grey beard' to add to the previous offered. He also literally had a grey beard:

Thomas Hardy- his Collected is quite a tome and his poetic output was predominantly in the 20th century, albeit the early part. Should nicely meet your criteria.
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Agree on those recs, esp. the Hecht....and how could I forget Wallace Stevens?

I just hit Albiris earlier this week, and am awaiting my volumes of Cavafy, Vallejo, as well as Steven's Opus Posthumous and Montale's The Storm and Other Things, Arrowsmith translation. I've got the other two orginal volumes, and I suppose I should pick up Satura too....
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Thought of yet one more woman poet to try to even out the male hegemony found in these lists- Marianne Moore. Her Collected Poems rightfully belongs on any self respecting shelf of Poetry in a home.
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A Common Reader
Mar 16 2013, 08:52 AM
Thought of yet one more woman poet to try to even out the male hegemony found in these lists- Marianne Moore. Her Collected Poems rightfully belongs on any self respecting shelf of Poetry in a home.
I really appreciate that you're
trying to right this situation, AComm
I have four shelves of books and chapbooks by women
I'll compile more of a list
to help things along
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As the proud father of three daughters I am sensitive to this issue. Yet one more occurs to me. She is perhaps not a tremendous poet but her Collected Poems has a place on my book shelf- Jane Kenyon. I find myself returning to her more than say Sylvia Plath.


Let Evening Come
By Jane Kenyon


Let the light of late afternoon
shine through chinks in the barn, moving
up the bales as the sun moves down.

Let the cricket take up chafing
as a woman takes up her needles
and her yarn. Let evening come.

Let dew collect on the hoe abandoned
in long grass. Let the stars appear
and the moon disclose her silver horn.

Let the fox go back to its sandy den.
Let the wind die down. Let the shed
go black inside. Let evening come.

To the bottle in the ditch, to the scoop
in the oats, to air in the lung
let evening come.

Let it come, as it will, and don’t
be afraid. God does not leave us
comfortless, so let evening come.

http://youtu.be/RHiDUREyPo0
Edited by A Common Reader, Mar 16 2013, 11:09 AM.
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suzannahhh
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Gwendolyn Brooks
Mina Loy
Nikki Giovanni
Susan Howe
Lyn Hejinian
Anne Walman
INgeborg Backman
Frederika Mayrocker
Diane Wakowski
H. D.
Joanne Kyger
Diane DiPrima
Muriel Rukeyser
MArge Percy
Adrienne Rich
Denise Levertov
Carolyn Forsche
Harryette Mullen
Amy King

I also strongly urge you to check out
Vida
http://www.vidaweb.org/three-years-to-stump-and-stack-and-stem

which has been tracking reviews, and publications in litmags
the numbers: men versus women
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conebeckham
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Louise Bogan. Has anyone mentioned her?
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or Virginia Hamilton Adair
http://nnyhav.blogspot.com/2009/03/reading-behind-lines.html (downscroll)
(sorrybout linkrot so cf eg http://virginiahamiltonadair.com/ )
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Colin Burrow had a piece on Michael Longley in LRB ($ub only sorry) covering his latest but recommending his last, The Stairwell (2014), as the place to start; his Collected only runs up to 2007. Only mentions hereabouts have been Pointsman and alliknowis (with biskit confirm like); along with Derek Mahon, on my list to investigate, so opinions appreciated ...
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