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    • CommentTimeOct 11th 2012 edited
    Any and all kinds of poetry. Classical, modern, beat, slam...whatever.

    What do you think is essential to read or listen to or just good? What are you in to now?
    • CommentTimeOct 11th 2012
    I was reminded of this yesterday.

    • CommentTimeOct 11th 2012
    Not sure if it's essential, but I could read Charles Bukowski's poetry for days.
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2012
    Tin Hat's album of e.e. cummings' poems is a wonderful thing.

    (Bandcamp / Spotify)
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    • CommentAuthorMathias B
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2012
    If you come across decent translations, I highly recommend checking out these Swedish poets:
    Edith Södergran
    Aase Berg
    Werner Aspenström
    Tomas Tranströmer (should be easy to find, post-Nobel prize)
    Karin Boye

    In the English language, I always find myself returning to Emily Dickinson, William Blake and Coleridge.
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2012
    Tom Waits reads "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski.

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    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2012
    Transtromer. More than meets the eye.

    Simon Armitage, specifically his first collection KID is fantastic.
    Wendy Cope's MAKING COCOA FOR KINGSLEY AMIS is also fantastic.
    Another modern poet to watch is Ken Babstock. (He's Canadian and a friend of mine, actually.)
    Ooh, and James Tate!
    • CommentAuthorMathias B
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2012
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    I've always been partial to the Romantics - Byron, Keates, and Shelley.

    One of my all time favorites is the fucking creepy "Porphyria's Lover" by Browning.
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    Great thread. :)

    Some of my favourites:

    I should stop now... :) Enjoy!
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    @Jehrot - Thanks for the Bukowski + Waits double threat, that was awesome. :)
    • CommentAuthorFlxzr
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2012
    William Topaz McGonagall, of course.
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    How about the WWI poets? Owen and Sassoon in particular

    Dulce et Decorum Est - Wilfred Owen
    Counter-Attack and Other Poems - Siegfried Sassoon

    And if that's all too depressing I second McGonagall - possibly the only ever man to make a railway disaster hilarious...

    The Tay Bridge Disaster - Read by Billy Connolly
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2012
    I didn't really get Keats' Ode On A Grecian Urn until I was forty; how a guy in his 20s could have written that is beyond me.

    Kipling in the middle of his career was just fucking awesome.
    When Earth's last picture is painted and the tubes are twisted and dried,
    When the oldest colours have faded, and the youngest critic has died,
    We shall rest, and, faith, we shall need it -- lie down for an aeon or two,
    Till the Master of All Good Workmen shall put us to work anew.

    And those that were good shall be happy; they shall sit in a golden chair;
    They shall splash at a ten-league canvas with brushes of comets' hair.
    They shall find real saints to draw from -- Magdalene, Peter, and Paul;
    They shall work for an age at a sitting and never be tired at all!

    And only The Master shall praise us, and only The Master shall blame;
    Andd no one shall work for money, and no one shall work for fame,
    But each for the joy of the working, and each, in his separate star,
    Shall draw the Thing as he sees It for the God of Things as They are!
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    If you want love poetry (and this being White Chapel... clearly) Rumi is the one and only place to go. If you want something a bit more cheerful (you know, like family being too drunk to leave a burning trailer) Sherman Alexi is rock solid. I'm also fairly partial to William Blake.
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    I rather like Rilke and Roethke, and the old english poem The Wanderer.
    Not reading much poetry at the moment; my books are packed away. :(
    • CommentTimeOct 14th 2012 edited

    • CommentTimeOct 14th 2012
    @magnus - apologies for the Grist repost, missed that vid in your post :)
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    Autoethnographic, by Michael Brennan. It's a wild ride, like being dragged face down through a fairground by a bonobo while Tom Waits follows after you yelling less-than-helpful suggestions through a megaphone. It's hilarious. It's disturbing. It's heartbreaking. It's got a nice cover. Which, incidentally, is my artwork.

    I've been collaborating with Mr Brennan for decades. He's the strongest voice of my generation in Australian poetry, and this is the best work he's done to date. He also runs Vagabond Press, for whom I've been doing handmade limited edition cover art since 1999. The Press site's nearly finished, and we've got five new books out.

    Great thread guys!

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