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Post by John G » Sat Mar 12, 2011 4:45 pm

One of the biggest downfalls to my poetry progressing (other than bad spelling, not a lot of skill etc) is my lack of reading.

I have really only read a handful of poets (Bukowski, James Tate, Ron Siliman, Kenneth Fearing, John Ashberry) and was wandering if any of you could recommend any further reading for me?
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Post by Nash » Sat Mar 12, 2011 4:52 pm

Off the top of my head and going by your style I think that you might like Charles Simic, especially his book 'The World Doesn't End'.

I'll have a think about some more.

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Post by John G » Sat Mar 12, 2011 4:54 pm

Cheers Nash, actually forget to put him down!!!

I love this one:

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/archive ... ?id=179937
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Post by Nash » Sat Mar 12, 2011 5:00 pm

That's good, Simic's great isn't he?

I know everybody's probably sick of me mentioning him but how about Raymond Carver? I bet you'd like 'Your Dog Dies'.

http://www.carversite.com/poems.html

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Post by John G » Sat Mar 12, 2011 5:55 pm

I came across Simic (steady on!) and he really appeals to me.

Heard of Mr Carver but haven't read anythign by him but that "Yoru dog dies" is great and on that back of that I shall check him out.

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Post by Ros » Sat Mar 12, 2011 7:35 pm

Trouble is, it's a rather personal thing, the poets that strike you as worth reading. Try having a browse here http://www.poetryfoundation.org/archive/tool.poem.html
and follow up any you like. Most poets have a few poems on the web somewhere.

Michael Donaghy is good, though a bit hard to find at the moment.

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Post by John G » Mon Mar 14, 2011 8:27 pm

Cheers Ros,

I do find myself on that site often and it has pointed me in some good directions. A good website.

However, for some reason I do prefer recommendations from people - ...
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Post by BenJohnson » Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:43 pm

Been enjoying Brian Turner's second collection at the moment.

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Post by Nash » Tue Mar 15, 2011 12:06 am

And then of course there's anthologies. The Rattlebag's a classic, Staying Alive's good and slightly more modern. I've also recently read The Forward Book of Poetry 2011, which I can definitely recommend.

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Post by Ros » Tue Mar 15, 2011 3:18 pm

Don Paterson.
Seamus Heaney.
Jo Shapcott.
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Post by k-j » Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:18 pm

Gavin Ewart might be your kind of thing, particularly his poems about office drudgery and his eagle-eyed poetry of love and sex - see if you can get his Collected out of the library or from Amazon.

You might like Nicanor Parra, too, in a different way - try "Antipoems, new and selected" which I'm reading at the moment. Apolitical Chilean cynicism with a dash of the absurd.

And I always recommend Peter Reading regardless - best to start with his Collected vol. 1. The ultimate poet of post-WWII British decline.
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Post by John G » Fri Mar 18, 2011 8:34 pm

Cheers for the heads-up.

K, have checked out some Reading and shall be ordering some pronto. Also like what I’ve read by Ewart.

Both seem to be somewhat up my street, poetically speaking.
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Post by k-j » Fri Mar 18, 2011 8:47 pm

They were actually good mates from the early 70's when Reading was just starting out through to Ewart's death in 1995. Since then memories of Ewart have cropped up in many of Reading's bleak later poems. Reading the two poets, you can tell they were kindred spirits.

With Reading, it's not a bad idea to read his books in order, since the same themes and characters and situations crop up continually, and sometimes storylines are carried across and continued (or infilled) in later works.
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