Joint Post: Favorite Poets for December!

It’s Favorite Poet Friday, and today’s featured poets are John Berryman and Amanda Lovelace!

Mindy:

“Yesterday, the first of John Berryman’s “Dream Songs” rather unceremoniously entered my email inbox. It was my daily offering from Poem a Day, an email service I signed up for and which gets varying attention from me depending on how busy I am at any given time.

When I consciously recognized the poet and poem in the subject line, I did a double take and immediately opened it to feast upon the words. John Berryman’s poetry deeply impacted me during my adolescent years.

Today is the first time I am learning anything about him. It turns out, he lived a turbulent life of addiction and eventually died by suicide. He forms a member of the so-called “confessional” school of poetry, my chosen drug during high school.

I will look forward to reading his work now that I am older and have several more decades of perspective.

You can read the poem by clicking this link.

Anne: I ordered three poetry books for Black Friday (and shipped them to the wrong house, like a dunce!), but the poet I want to feature for today is Amanda Lovelace. She has a book out called the princess saves herself in this one that’s all about mental illness and child abuse. Since I have a background in these topics, I was curious to read her poetry.

This poem in particular hit me hard when I flipped through the book before purchasing:

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The beauty of her poetry is in the simplicity, which I relate to, as often my poems end up being in very simple language. I can’t wait to devour her book.

What poetry have you been reading recently? Any favorite poets to share? Let us know!

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