One of my quiet passions is writing poetry. I use the word quiet because it’s quite an introspective process whenever I write a poem. I require absolute silence, although at times I do use music to help inspire me. This month is always a special one. Celebrating poetry should be a yearly practice but having one month designated to it still makes me happy. Here’s a few of my favorite poets:
Li-Young Lee – he writes with forceful restraint. His words are indelibly soft yet strikingly guttural. I highly recommend reading his book The Rose.
Charles Bukowski – often deemed as a misogynist, a drunk, a madman . . . I prefer to avoid labels and if you read his poetry you’ll find a voice that is harsh but also raw with feeling especially when he alludes to love. Recommended book Love is a Dog From Hell (a must-read poem “One for Old Snaggle-tooth”).
Amy Gerstler – Her poetry is experimental and fun to read. Beautiful imagery coupled with intriguing subject matters make her poetry quite addicting! Recommended book Ghost Girl (must-read “The Pastry Chef’s Daughter”)
Got any poets you’d like to recommend? I’d love to hear from you! Sue