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poet lauriete (sp?) for Illinois. He also wrote children's books.

In my world Shel is the best!

Interesting, but a lot of American poets today write children's stories.


Dr. Seuss....

I know that's a stretch but you can't deny his poetry ability.


This is late but Merry Christmas Lisa, to you and your family. Have a Happy New Year as well!
BTW, I agree that Dr. Seuss was a great contemporary poet.


Bill Moyers did a book called "The Language of Life" that features a number of great poets. It has also has some pretty interesting interviews with the poets. It's a good way to read a pretty wide range of poets and poetry and see what you like (and what you don't!).


I never liked sea stories either... hmm.

I was sort of "off" poetry for many, many years (the result of an over-ambitious teacher who thought poems were only poems if they were written by the beat generation - Ginsberg - ugh!) until a few years ago, when I discovered Billy Collins. He was the U.S. Poet Laureate in 2001, and his poems are funny, serious, and best of all, READABLE. This link as some info on him, and on the left, links to some examples of his poetry.


Oh! And I've never seen a sea poem in his collection yet...

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