I love poetry. And recently, I talked with a friend about a specific amazing poet by the name of Shel Silverstein, and they said they had never read anything by him. And I have to say, growing up reading Shel, burrowing my nose in the pages and getting lost in the words of Shel, laughing and crying because of Shel, I was really astonished. I hadn’t realized that some people never read his poetry.
And then I realized there are a lot of poets that people have never read.
So if you’re looking for poets, and amazing, beautiful poems, here are a few that I personally love:
The Most Famous Ones:
The ones you’ve probably not heard about but are still amazing:
Clementine Von Radics
Tyler Knott Gregson
“Dulce et Decorum est” by Wilfred Owen
“Iris” by Vivian St. John
“Tiara” by Mark Doty
“Yes” by Muriel Rukeyser
“The Waking” by Theodore Roethke
“I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou
“In Michael Robins’s Class Minus One” by Bob Hicok
“Confrontations with the Devil in the Form of Love” by Judy Grahn
(I listed the poems specifically here because I’ve yet to read anything else by the author, and so cannot say that I love the poet and not just the poem).
A lot of these are really sad. But they’re all really good. So if you’re looking for a poet, or a few poems, these are my personal favorites.
But even if you don’t I hope that you read Shel Silverstein, at least once in your lifetime. Because if you haven’t, you’re missing out on something wonderful.