It’s another Sunday during Poetry Month. With that comes another list of poetry recommendations.
Last week, I recommended some Indie poetry collections to check out. This time around, I’m digging into my stacks. I put together a list of books I had to read for poetry courses back in college. Most are collections. There’s also an anthology and a textbook. There was one more textbook I read for a course, but I couldn’t remember the name of it and can’t find it on my lists anywhere. Even without it, I think this is a great list to check out. My professor(s) thought so.
Oh, and you’ll notice two bonus books listed. One is by my poetry professor. I got that back in college, without his influence to do so. I feel it has a strong influence on my own work though. The other is one of the collections he suggested that I check out (along with a few others like Plath and James Wright) because of the similarities with my work. I’ve read that one a few times already.
If you check any of these out, I hope you enjoy them. I wasn’t the biggest fan of every single one, but none of them were bad. I’ll have to do a reread of most of them once I’m reunited with them (almost all of these are back in NY). It’s been many years since I’ve opened them up.
- All-American Poem by Matthew Dickman
- Self-Portrait with Crayon by Allison Benis White
- Please by Jericho Brown (Strong recommendation. Read it for two courses)
- Satan Says by Sharon Olds
- Some Ether by Nick Flynn
- My Soviet Union by Michael Dumanis
- The First Four Books of Poems by Louise Glück
- Blue on Blue Ground by Aaron Smith
- Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century edited by Cate Marvin and Michael Dumanis
- An Introduction to Poetry by X.J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia
- BONUS BOOKS
Find something you might want to read? I hope so. Want to see another set of recommendations focused on a theme? Let me know what that theme is, and if you can help with some recs for it, include them in the message.