Photo Credit: Jennie
"Anon. is a poet without dates, parents or gender
[although is probably male]. Anon. appears in the
fourteenth and in the twentieth centuries, in Britain
and Australia and Africa, always with a song in the
heart. Often the song is sad, as though something
important---perhaps the author's identity---has been
Michael Schmidt, Lives of the Poets,
Alfred A. Knopf, 1999.
Another April, Another National Poetry Month
Happy National Poetry Month! Before we feel too sorry for those
anonymous poets mentioned above, let's say thank you to all those
whose names we do know. Better yet, let's go out and buy a book
Stand with me now in my home office and peruse the floor-to-ceiling
bookshelves that hold books from giant and not-so-giant-but-fabulous-just-the-same
poets. Space and time required me to choose five per line/letter,
and it was a challenge.
These poets are my life's blood. I have had the pleasure to listen
to, be taught by, and/or read the poets on this list. For any
of you who are either searching for a poet to read or wanting
to buy a poetry book this month out of appreciation for poetry,
please, be my guest!
Virginia Hamilton Adair - Marjorie Agosín - Akhmatova
- Idris Anderson - John Ashbery
Lillias Bever - Elizabeth Bishop - Laure-Anne Bosselaar - Joseph
Brodsky - Joel Brouwer
Teresa Cader - Paul Celan - John Ciardi - Suzanne Cleary - Robert
Debra Kang Dean - Carl Dennis - Emily Dickinson - Deborah Digges
- Mark Doty
Theodore Enslin - Martín Espada - Any E suggestions out
B. H. Fairchild - Alan Feldman - Lawrence Ferlinghetti - Emily
Ferrara - Robert Francis
Margaret Gibson - Jack Gilbert - Allen Ginsberg - Louise Glück
- Tonino Guerra
Donald Hall - Gertrude Halstead - Jeffrey Harrison - Robert Hass
- Tony Hoagland
Where am "I" - oh, my! Any suggestions?
Gray Jacobik - Josephine Jacobsen - Randall Jarrell - Denis Johnson
- Donald Justice
Meg Kearney - X.J. Kennedy - Jane Kenyon - Galway Kinnell - Stanley
Howard Levy - Gwyneth Lewis - Nancy Tupper Ling - - Robert Lowell
- Thomas Lux
Stéphane Mallarmé - Cleopatra Mathis - Gail Mazur
- Mekeel McBride - Wesley McNair
Pablo Neruda - Only one N poet? Well, he IS in a class by himself.
Frank O'Hara - Sharon Olds - Mary Oliver - Alicia Ostriker -
Boris Pasternak - Jay Parini - Robert Pinsky - Marie Ponsot -
Fran Quinn - Is there a suggestion out there to expand this group?
Spencer Reece - Martha Rhodes - M.C. Richards - Rainer Maria
Rilke - Claire Rossini
May Sarton - Anne Sexton - Charles Simic - Louis Simpson - W.D.
Wallace Stevens - Wislawa Szymborska (There was no stopping at
James Tate - Michael Teig - bg thurston - Jean Tupper - Bill
Where are U? Help!
Karen Volkman holds the only spot.
Mark Wagner - Liz Waldner - Alice Walker - Richard Wilber - C.
No X's, but that was predictable.
John Yau - John Yau - John Yau - John Yau - W.B. Yeats
Zat's it for this formidable group of poets..
As I moved obsessively along the bookshelves, it soon became
apparent that, alas, some letters had too many poets' names for
my five poet limit. It was agony to choose some and leave others
Here's one final shout out to Amiri Baraka! Robin Becker! Billy
Collins! Charles Coe! Rita Dove! Robert Frost! Seamus Heaney!
Langston Hughes! Zbigniew Herbert! Cynthia Huntington! John Hodgen!
John Keats! Kenneth Koch! Yusef Komunyakaa! Maxine Kumin! Audre
Lorde! Michelanglo! James Merrill! John Milton! Thylias Moss!
Marge Piercy! Edna St. Vincent Millay! William Stafford! Gerald
Stern! Tony Tost! Nancy Willard! Diane Wald! Franz Wright!
And I haven't even gotten to the anthologies! Or the books about
Do you have any poets to add to the list? I need to buy a poetry
book this month! Contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org.