Let's talk poetry

I love reading poetry! It was always something of a fringe interest for me through high school, but in college I really started pushing myself to discover poets that I really enjoyed and connected with.

I'm interested in reading poetry. Where do I start?

For me, the easiest way to get into poetry was to find one poem that I loved. Once I did that, I explored that poet's works and worked out from there.

You're not going to enjoy all poetry, and that's just something you have to accept! If you start reading a poetry book and you're not vibing with anything when you're a fourth of the way through, you don't have to finish it!

However, there's nothing like finding a poet's whose entire work you want to devour whole.

My favorite Poets

  • Frank O'Hara
  • Mary Oliver
  • Federico García Lorca

  • Below is a list of my favorite poems, with reading links wherever I can provide them! (click the !)

    Poems are lsited in alphabetical order by title.

  • A city like a guillotine shivers on its way to the neck | Ilya Kaminaky
  • A soliloquy for Cassandra | Wislawa Szymborska
  • A True Account Of Talking To The Sun At Fire Island | Frank O'Hara
  • All the worlds a stage | William Shakespeare
  • All Souls | Paul Celan
  • Another visit to the oracle | Margaret Atwood
  • At the river Clarion | Mary Oliver
  • Autumn Song | Federico García Lorca
  • Carcosa | Robert W Chambers
  • Death and the lady | Lesley Nelson
  • Dido | Frank O'Hara
  • Do not stand at my grave and weep | Mary Elizabeth Frye
  • Don’t hesitate | Mary Oliver
  • Earth | Federico García Lorca
  • Everyone’s dying to be someone else | e. e. cummings
  • For james dean | Frank O'Hara
  • Good bones | Maggie Smith
  • Having a coke with you | Frank O'Hara
  • He would not stay for me | A. E. Housman
  • Her strong enchantments failing | A. E. Housman
  • I carry your heart | e. e. cummings
  • I go down to the shore | Mary Oliver
  • If the real is so real why isn’t it | Alice Notley
  • If you like my poems | e. e. cummings
  • Invitation | Mary Oliver
  • It used to be | Ursula K le Guin
  • It was early | Mary Oliver
  • July | Ursula K le Guin
  • Li po and the moon | Mary Oliver
  • Litany in which certain things are crossed out | Richard Siken
  • Looking Back | Ursula K le Guin
  • May my heart always be open | e. e. cummings
  • Meditations in an emergency | Frank O'Hara
  • Miss you want to get noodles with you | Gabrielle Calvocoressi
  • Miss you. Would like to take a walk with you. | Gabrielle Calvocoressi
  • Morning | Frank O'Hara
  • October | Mary Oliver
  • October | Louise Glück
  • Rift | Ursula K le Guin
  • Sanity | Caroline Bird
  • Song of the Open Road | Walt Whitman
  • Sonnet 142 | William Shakespeare
  • Steps | Frank O'Hara
  • Stopping by wood son a snowy evening | Robert Frost
  • Sunrise | Louise Glück
  • Summer morning | Mary Oliver
  • The fable and round of the three friends | Federico García Lorca
  • The gardener | Mary Oliver
  • The Highwayman | Afred Noyes
  • The Lady of Shalott | Alfred Tennyson
  • The lake of innisfree | William Butler Yeats
  • The long and short of it | Richard Siken
  • The love song of J. Alfred Prufrock | T. S. Eliot
  • The old astronomer to his pupil | Sarah Williams
  • The orange | Wendy Cope
  • The Welsh Marches | A. E. Housman
  • Twoheaded calf | Laura Gilpin
  • Under one small star / Wislawa Szymborska
  • We lived happily during the war | Ilya Kaminaky
  • Who knows if the moons | e. e. cummings
  • Wild geese | Mary Oliver
  • You foolish men | Sor Juana
  • 93% stardust | Nikita Gill
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