First, thanks for all the recommendations. I went to the glorious library today (ahhhhhh, how I missed the library when I lived in France) and checked out two modern anthologies. I am loving the language already. I wonder if I was supposed to be a poet. But then I read some of these poets and laugh to myself. I’m no wizard with language.
Here is your list of recommendations (in no particular order)
- Garrison Keillor’s collections, Good Poems and Good Poems for Hard Times
- ‘Poetry for the Earth’ (ISBN: 0449905993 / Cost: around 10 dollars).
- Mary Oliver’s Dream Work
- Poet List: Pablo Neruda, ee cummings, Miller Williams, Richard Wilbur, Rita Dove, William Carlos Williams, Shel Silverstein, Shakespeare
- Denise Levertov, “The Stream and the Sapphire.
- Billy Collins, “Picnic Lightning,” “Victoria’s Secret”
- Wordsworth anthology
- George Herbert (I’d recommend an entire book of his stuff), John Milton, Girard Manley Hopkins
Then I found this amazing quote from Dostoevsky. What do you think of it?
“Above all, do not lie to yourself. A man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a certain point where he does not discern any truth either in himself or anywhere around him, and thus falls into disrespect towards himself and others.”