Joint Post: Favorite Poets!

Today Anne & Mindy are talking about their favorite poets!

Mindy:

Disclaimer: I read little poetry of late, as I am finishing up my Masters degree in the medical field and not with a lot of extra time for reading and writing; however, when I do spend time with poetry, it is often with W.B. Yeats.

Here are two examples of the brief encounter with rawness I enjoy when reading his work:

A Deep-Sworn Vow
Others because you did not keep
That deep-sworn vow have been friends of mine;
Yet always when I look death in the face,
When I clamber to the heights of sleep,
Or when I grow excited with wine,
Suddenly I meet your face.

Cloths of Heaven
Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

Anne:

One of my favorite poets is one of the most ignored, disliked, and mocked: William Carlos Williams. Seems like the poetry community is split between “why is he a thing?” and “he is my one true love.” I fall in the latter category; no hating.

My favorite new poem by WCW is one about plums, though it’s not as popular:

To a Poor Old Woman
munching a plum on
the street a paper bag
of them in her hand

They taste good to her
They taste good
to her. They taste
good to her

You can see it by
the way she gives herself
to the one half
sucked out in her hand

Comforted
a solace of ripe plums
seeming to fill the air
They taste good to her

Something about the repetition his me hard. WCW is the master of imagery and simplicity.

Who are your favorite poets? Let us know!

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