Poetry I Have Known And Loved

(Sorry, the title made me grin.)

So I used to host a poetry open-mike. I like some poetry. Not all of it. Not even much of it. But here are some links to poems I really like. I realize none of this is particularly obscure or controversial, but hey, you might find something here you’re not familiar with.

“The Waste Land”,“Rhapsody On A Windy Night”,“Ash Wednesday”,“Preludes” — T.S. Eliot
“For The Year Of The Insane” — Anne Sexton
“Lament For Ignacio Sanchez Mejias” — Federico Garcia Lorca
“The Two” — W.H. Auden
“The Second Coming”, “Sailing To Byzantium” — William Butler Yeats
“Contemplating Hell” — Bertolt Brecht
“Kudzu” — James Dickey
“Ulysses” — Alfred, Lord Tennyson

And here’s my favorite poem, by Kenneth Patchen:

Come now, my child,
If we were planning to harm you
would we be waiting for you here by the path
in the very darkest part of the forest?

(And yes, Frank, I got that last one from Danse Macabre. Amazing how much of my early poetry experience came from Stephen King.)

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  1. Huh. I’m a little surprised that ‘Howl’ isn’t in your list…

  2. Ode by Arthur O’Shaughnessy

  3. Also anything by nikki giovanni. And Curtis Mayfield’s songs qualify as poetry.

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