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Jayaprakash
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September 14th, 2011, 5:02 am #1

I've been reading more and more poetry over the last 3 or 4 years, initially on my own initiative and then Marcel's many poetical enthusiasms helped fuel the fire. So tell me, which doorstop sized Collected Poems should I expend huge chunks of my increasingly negligible income on? Restrict your recommendations to the 20th century and later. I'll automatically discount anything I already have, don't worry about that.
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September 14th, 2011, 8:48 am #2

J H Prynne

You'll most likely have heard of all my other suggestions, Jay, and i don't read much poetry as of now, still less do i like to talk about it, but


John Clare. Hopkins, Celan
Geoffrey Hill, John Kinsella, i havent read Eavan Boland in a very long time, but Eavan Boland. And see what you can find of J H Prynne
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September 14th, 2011, 9:31 am #3

Granted, I recommend these for obvious reasons but you NEED these collected poems

The LoA edition of Elizabeth Bishop
Robert Lowell's Collected
James Merrill's collected and changing light at sandover, both out in gorgeous pbs
john berryman's collected & the dream songs

frank o'hara's collected
james wright's collected
frank bidart's In the Western Night: Collected Poems 1965-90
donald justice's collected
the first volume of creeley's collected (The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1945-1975)
lorine niedecker's "collected works"
mark doty's new collected (fire to fire)
richard hugo's collected (making certain it goes on)
anselm berrigan's collected!! such an underrated poet
kenneth rexroth's collected

more maybe when I'm at home.
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September 14th, 2011, 10:26 am #4

Thanks and it's okay if I have/have heard of something you'd like to suggest.
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September 14th, 2011, 10:49 am #5

The two volumes of selected Schwartz are a must have (!! you can't not love them)

John Wheelwright's Collected
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September 14th, 2011, 11:39 am #6

all volumes Alice Notley
all volumes of the Drafts of Rachel Blau Duplessis
Derek Walcott
Les Murray Fredy Neptune, particularly
Anne Waldman - Jovis
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September 14th, 2011, 11:59 am #7

He's not well-liked here in the Woods, for reasons I cannot fathom or understand, but I've never yet made a better purchase of poetry than the Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats.
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September 14th, 2011, 12:56 pm #8

I wish I had extra money to go spend on poety!

but keep those suggestions coming....and I shall gladly come back to this thread...green with envy.... :confused: :)

personally I have my eyes on several works by Keats...but thats just me...
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September 14th, 2011, 1:09 pm #9

Marcel didn't mention these probably because he knows I have read them: Richard Wilbur, CP Cavafy, Philip Larkin.

They're remembered as 'war poets' but Rupert Brooke and Wilfred Owen are both important poets beyond their subject matter, I think.

I've also liked what I've read of Osip Mandelstam and Pessoa's various heteronymic poems.

Thanks for all the suggestions.

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September 14th, 2011, 1:10 pm #10

Flower wrote:I wish I had extra money to go spend on poety! <br />
So do I. :)
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