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It's National Poetry Month: Who's Your Favorite Poet?

Share a favorite poem or poet with us here.

 

It seems appropriate that April, of all the 12 months, would be designated as , as poetry has a rejuvenating power---and, like the spring, a good poem is transformative and effortless.

However, according to the Poetry Foundation, 2012 marks the last time the art form will recognized in a month-long awareness campaign. 

Says Katherine Pryde, press secretary for the Chicago-based Poetry Foundation, “We don’t need it any more. Poetry—contemporary or centuries old, page-based or orally performed, ‘experimental’ or obviously traditional– has such a presence in every part of American life, every month of the year, that there’s just no point in devoting a single month to it.”

So let's take this opportunity to sing the praises of our favorite poet(s) and poem(s). Be they contemporary, ages-old, or RAP (rhythm in poetry), share your favorite selections with fellow Patch users.

I'll go first.....Mary Oliver is one of my favorite American poets, and I recently had the pleasure of hearing her read a few of her poems at an event at Stanford University.  Here is her poem entitled, This Morning I Watched the Deer, which, as a Belmont dweller, you may appreciate:

This morning I watched the deer

with beautiful lips touching the tips

of the cranberries, setting their hooves down

in the dampness carelessly, isn't it afterall

the carpet of their house, their home, whose roof 

is the sky?

Why, then, was I suddenly miserable?

Well, this is nothing much.

This is the heaviness of the body watching the swallows

gliding just under the roof.

This is the wish that the deer would not lift their heads 

and leap away, leaving me there alone.

This is the wish to touch their faces, their brown wrists--

to sing some sparkling poem into

the folds of their ears,

then walk with them,

over the hills

and over the hills

and into the impossible trees.*

*From "Why I Wake Early" by Mary Oliver, Beacon Press

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Gabriela Segovia-McGahan April 07, 2012 at 12:44 AM
In no particular order. I like them all for different reasons. Daisy Zamora http://www.universeofpoetry.org/nicaragua.shtml Christian Drake https://www.facebook.com/pages/Christian-Drake/172853429482938 Maya Chinchilla http://mayachinchilla.wordpress.com/archives/ Yosimar Reyes http://yosimar.tumblr.com/ Sandra Cisneros http://www.sandracisneros.com/ Joy Harjo http://www.joyharjo.com/Home.html Some Things Are Worth Dying For by Jim Northrup Tobacco swirled in the lake as we offered our thanks. The calm water welcomed us, rice heads nodded in agreement. Ricing again, megwetch Munido. The cedar caressed the heads ripe rice came along to join us in many meals this winter. The rice bearded up. We saw the wind move across the lake an eagle, a couple of coots the sun smiled everywhere. Relatives came together talk of other lakes, other seasons fingers stripping rice while laughing, gossiping, remembering. It's easy to feel a part of the generations that have riced here before. It felt good to get on the lake it felt better getting off carrying a canoe load of food and centuries of memories.
Gabriela Segovia-McGahan April 07, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Sherman Alexie http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/sherman-alexie Oriah Mountain Dreamer http://www.oriahmountaindreamer.com/ bell hooks https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bell-Hooks/22762902634 Maya Angelou http://mayaangelou.com/
Gabriela Segovia-McGahan April 07, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Ooof! I keep hitting submit before I should. Charlie Vasquez http://charlievazquez.wordpress.com/ Pablo Neruda http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1971/neruda-bio.html Miguel Piñero http://allpoetry.com/poem/8582919-A_Lower_Eastside_Poem-by-Miguel_Pinero Khalil Gibran http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/children-2/ Kim Shuck http://kimshuck.com/ There are more but these are those that I return to time and again.
Gabriela Segovia-McGahan April 08, 2012 at 02:55 AM
I found the first poem that drew me to Odilia Galvan Rodriguez' work: http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/migratory-birds/ To hear her reading her poetry is an amazing experience!
Ed Spruiell April 12, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Lorna Dee Cervantes who currently lives in Pacifica http://lornadice.blogspot.com/ http://www.wingspress.com/author.cfm/54/-/ Richard Brautigan who is unfotunately not living
Camden Swita April 12, 2012 at 09:20 PM
It's wonderful to have such talent living here in Pacifica.

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