Poetry Recommendations?

I'm in the mood for poetry. I've been writing a little of my own over the past few months and I'm feeling the urge to read some.

I just finished reading the young adult Matched trilogy in which poetry is a prevalent theme. As if I wasn't already in a poetic frame of mind, now I'm utterly craving it.

I need your help. In my collection already are Maya Angelou, Robert Frost, Edgar Allan Poe, Shel Silverstein, and A.A. Milne.

What other poets or books should I check out? They can be classic or modern, for children or adults. Who are your favorites?

Leave your recommendations in the comments. Thank you!


  1. My favorites may be a bit more offbeat than you want: Robert Service, Rudyard Kipling and Alfred Noyes.

  2. Have you tried U A Fanthorpe - I really like her work - especially some of her ones for Christmas - certainly different.
    Our chairman at Poetry Group Ann Gray is brilliant too. (Both British poets)
    And I recently did a workshop with Matthew Dickman (USA) and enjoyed his work too.

  3. I haven't tried any of them. I will look at all of them. Thank you!

  4. Nothing wrong with offbeat! I'm not sure what I'm looking for yet. I want to see what's out there and what might resonate with me. Thank you for your recommendations. I will check them out.

  5. Some favorites of mine include TS Eliot, e e cummings, Denise Levertov, Nikki Giovanni, Alan Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Walt Whitman. I've also recently grown to adore Mary Oliver.

  6. I grew up reading this:
    I've read those in Russian, so I'm not sure about the quslity of this translation. My favorite authors were: Pushkin, Anna Akhmatova, Mikhail Lermontov, Alexander Blok.

    Also try this:

  7. Sorry, "quality" not "quslity"


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