There are tonnes of poems I don’t like or understand, and, admittedly, some of the ones below I don’t fully understand either, but I like ’em, so I thought I’d share them with you.
Being the first list, I’m working from a bit of a backlog, so this is longer than it will be in the future.
- Past the last stop – Sam Hunt (second down on the left). I like Sam’s down-to-earth language and Kiwi flavour.
- To be a house – Sam Hunt (third down on the right)
- Tula [Books are door-shaped] – Margarita Engle. I particularly like the last stanza.
- The Cherry Trees – Edward Thomas
- All Good Conductors – Christian Wiman. One of my new favourite poets. Such a craftsman.
- Small Prayer in a Hard Wind – Christian Wiman
- The Convert – G K Chesterton
- If In America – Ed Bok Lee. Wow. This is the power of poetry.
- Such Simple Love – Thomas McGrath
- I Ask My Mother to Sing – Li-Young Lee
- Famous – Naomi Shihab Nye
- Funeral Blues – W H Auden. First heard this in Four Weddings and a Funeral; loved it ever since.
- The Ribs and Terrors in the Whale – Herman Melville
- The Universe isn’t Open for Business Today – Iain S. Thomas
- The Oak – Lelita Elizabeth Landon
- No Man is an Island – John Donne. I’m probably the last person in the world to discover that the saying comes from this poem. I’m glad I discovered it, though!
- Introduction to Poetry – Billy Collins
- Praying Tree – Melinda Palacio. I love this image: “The fat sun slides its yolk into the glass ocean”
If you like, or dislike, something in particular, let me know why in the comments.