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    Modern poetry recommendations

    Looking for some recommendations for modern poets...
    Anything that's striking..

    Anything along the lines of mainstream poetry or metaphysical.

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    I like Mary Oliver's poetry. This seems to me to be nature-metaphysical. Technically this would be free verse. If she did not put in line breaks, I would call it prose poetry or flash fiction.

    I also like Lang Leav's "Love & Misadventure". Technically this contains both metrical and prose poetry.

    Both of these poets are alive, to the best of my knowledge, so they are more contemporary than modern. If by modern you mean to include the whole 20th century there is also Robert Frost.
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    What do you classify as 'modern'?
    Vladimir: (sententious.) To every man his little cross. (He sighs.) Till he dies. (Afterthought.) And is forgotten.

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    I should have used the word contemporary perhaps.

    But I am fine with anything after 1960s.

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    I have enjoyed the poetry of Troy Jollimore. He is a philosophy instructor at Davis but writes great poetry in my opinion.

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    Louise Glück is very good, also Mark Strand. If you're searching for something, a good collection like Being Alive https://www.amazon.com/Being-Alive-N...words=bloodaxe Staying Alive https://www.amazon.com/Staying-Alive...K5XGR7JK2F1FX2 both of which are exquisite. Bloodaxe are an excellent poetry house. Carcanet are also very good.
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    Ted Hughes, Andrew MacMillian and his dad Ian MacMillian. Three Yorkshire poets.
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    What about something along the lines of Billy Collins as well

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    Helen Mort, Adam Horowitz, Barry MacSweeny, Owen Sheers, John Tranter, Don Paterson, John Burnside

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    hi You can remember that seasonal poets are always modern . A poet who wrote of winter will always be relevant; unless you find yourself in a climate where it never snows; I hate those sorts of climates; my sympathetic feelings go out to anyone caught in that situation; where apparently time is not a current topic .

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    Michael Longley. He's excellent.
    'So - this is where we stand. Win all, lose all,
    we have come to this: the crisis of our lives'

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    I would say, you should read Tiffany Atkinson. Her unique way of expressing current matters is perfect and lovely.

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    Have you tried Les Murray?

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    A few other poets to consider:

    Joanna Preston
    Michael Harlow
    David Howard
    David Gregory

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    As poetry is a matter of taste (much as trying to explain to someone why your favorite color is red. Because it is.). Everyone's aesthetic is as unique as their DNA and their is no right or wrong. That said, here's some poets that have knocked my socks off consistently. Start with Pablo Neruda's collection called THE CAPTAIN'S VERSES. Then move on to Dylan Thomas, e.e.cummings, T.S. Eliot, W.S. Auden, Wallace Stevens and then the granddaddy of them all that they all learned from, W.B. Yeats.

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