Always substance and increase, always sex. Always a knit of identity.” SONG OF MYSELF by Walt Whitman
17th Century Fav. After death, unread and dismissed for hundreds of years. Been back since 1919! “Second Anniversary” by John Donne
Life, friends, is boring. We must not say so.” You’ll never forget Henry after reading these. 77 DREAM SONGS by John Berryman.
we need the opportunity to dance with really exquisite strangers”. Slow Dance is my favorite from ALL-AMERICAN POEM by Matthew Dickman.
Wrote her first poem at 6, an epic poem at 12. Part Creole, spoke Hebrew. SONNETS FROM PORTUGUESE by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
“[W]here happiness is wedded to silence”. Remarkable flaneur-ing prose poems. Drunks, the poor, real people. PARIS SPLEEN by Charles Baudelaire.
Short poems packed with startling originality. One more great Russian poet. Try: “I am in love, hence free to live” by Vera Pavlova.