My friend Jill and I went to a large bookstore chain for a few hours of coffee and conversation and a little Christmas shopping. I realized on this most recent trip that there are only two shelves dedicated to poetry. They had the most famous poets, but I was looking for something else, something newish, a voice I hadn’t heard. I didn’t want just anything, though. I found a couple of books that interested me. One being a Christian-themed anthology that cost $40 and was shrink-wrapped. I refuse to buy a $40 anthology before I peruse its contents. Another series of volumes called Poem A Day looked promising.
I’d really like to add to what we already have (which isn’t much): Poe, Whitman, Shakespeare, Emerson, our college English anthologies, some children’s books of poetry, and, of course, Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein. So, I’m wondering who you would recommend.
Who’s your favorite poet? …Poem? …Collection?
Please leave your recommendations for me in the comments.