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Jeff says:

Say someone asked me, "I kind of like poetry, but I don't know anything about contemporary poetry. Who should I read?"

I think in some ways I've been answering this for some time, but I'll make a short list (13 seems the preferred number). Others who were tagged made some rules, which I'll ignore, but I'll keep mine extremely contemporary (poets who've emerged in the last decade).

People you should read if you want to know something about contemporary poetry: Zach Schomburg, Karen Volkman, Alex Lemon, G. C. Waldrep, Joshua Poteat, Maurice Manning, Natasha Trethewey, Major Jackson, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Sarah Vap, Noah Eli Gordon, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Kate Greenstreet, Peter Markus, Anne Boyer.

There's a short list I would revise again in another five minutes. I'll come back in and put links in later and maybe change the list.

Let me add two poets with books coming out to watch out for: Dan Albergotti and Angela Shaw (it's about time).

Also, the convention seems to be to tag someone. I tag everyone.

Posted by Jake Adam York at May 3, 2007 6:31 AM


I'm not a big verse poetry person myself, but what about Anne Carson?

Posted by: JSR at May 3, 2007 9:04 AM

I need to look up these folks, Jake. I love G.C. Waldrep's work, but a number of these names are alien to me. Thanks for playing along.

Have you seen the review over at Poetry Southeast?

Posted by: Jeff Newberry at May 3, 2007 9:31 AM

I only made the rules up for myself as a means of narrowing down my answers a little. Now they seem to be spreading. Thank you for ignoring them. :-)

Posted by: Steve S at May 3, 2007 11:11 AM

I would consider adding a upcoming poet named William Wright to that list.

Posted by: William Barnes at May 4, 2007 12:20 PM