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#5 – The Complete Poems 1927–1979 by Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth Bishop sometimes gets hated on as a poet’s poet. What the heck does that even mean? Nothing. Nothing. Baby I don’t care. Before I actually got this edition of her Complete Poems (which isn’t actually complete, but whatevs) for my very … Continue reading

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#9 – Selected Poetry of Yehuda Amichai, translated by Chana Bloch

This book, Yehuda Amichai’s Selected Poetry, wins the award for “poetry book I take off the shelf and read most often and try to carry around with me at times.” Yehuda Amichai is an Israeli poet. He died in 2000. … Continue reading

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#16 – View With a Grain of Sand by Wislawa Szymborska

When Wislawa Szymborska won the Nobel Prize for poetry, there was a bit of a kerfuffle about the fact that many of the prize committee did not read Polish. How can you truly know if the poetry is Nobel Prize-worthy … Continue reading

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#20 – Wild Iris by Louise Gluck

Poetry time! Attending an MFA program in creative writing was a little like going to poetry camp for three years. It was amazing. I loved it. And sometimes it seems like poetryland a completely different world divorced from the one … Continue reading

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#28 – Lunch Poems by Frank O’Hara

Does the design of this book cover look familiar to you at all? Perhaps it reminds you a little bit of this: But this is a list of books to read before you’re 30. Howl is for teenagers and college kids,* but Lunch … Continue reading

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