Modern and Contemporary Poets (English)

This list is in no particular order at present, but reflects my view of A-B-C’s of modern and contemporary poetry which one should read in order to become fluent with contemporary poetic expression.

T.S. Eliot
Ezra Pound
Wallace Stevens
William Butler Yeats
W.H. Auden
Robert Frost
Phillip Larkin
Gertrude Stein
Ted Hughes
Sylvia Plath
Clive James
Barbara Guest
Alice Oswald
Tracy K. Smith
George Oppen
Lorine Niedecker
Larry Levis
James Schuyler
Sean O’Brien
Kenward Elmslie
John Burnside
Gregory Corso
Edward Dorn
Rachel Wetzsteon
David Trinidad
Matthew Zapruder
CAConrad
Marilyn Hacker
Donald Hall
Bruce Smith
Alice Notley
John Crowe Ransom
A.R. Ammons
Gary Snyder
Thom Gunn
Robert Creeley
Mark Strand
Louis Zukofsky
Frank O’Hara
John Ashbery
Charles Bernstein
August Kleinzahler
Robert VanderMolen
Frederick Seidel
Louise Glück
Alice Fulton
William Carlos Williams
Robert Haas
H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)
Maya Angelou
Clark Coolidge
Ted Berrigan
A.E. Housman
Maxine Chernoff
James Longenbach
Stephen Dunn
Denis Johnson
Amy Lowell
Gwendolyn Brooks
Charles Bukowski
A.E. Stallings
Mina Loy
Lynette Roberts
Hart Crane
Anthony Hecht
Robert Duncan
Charles Olson
J.H. Prynne
Geoffrey G. O’Brien
Jeff Clark
Andrew Motion
Paul Muldoon
Seamus Heaney
Keston Sutherland
Andrea Brady
Maureen McLane
Nikky Finney
Phillip Levine
Carol Ann Duffy
Les Murray
Billy Collins
John Wilkinson
Simon Jarvis
Kenneth Koch
Carolyn Forché
C.K. Williams
Vijay Seshadri
Kate Northrop
Ken Babstock
Dorothea Lasky
Jack Gilbert
David Harsent
Beckian Goldberg
Kim Addonizio
Luke Kennard
Martha Zweig
Campbell McGrath
Susan McMaster
Drew Milne
Basil Bunting
Mark Doty
Leontia Flynn
Don Patterson
Eleanor Wilner
Robert Lowell
Michael Gizzi
Peter Gizzi
Robert Bly
Frank Bidart
John Berryman
Elizabeth Bishop
Rae Armantrout
David Beispiel
Bob Hicok
D.A. Powell
Terrance Hayes
Jorie Graham
Geoff Brock
Meghan O’Rourke
Ron Padgett
Don Share
Paul Guest
Simon Armitage
Ron Silliman
Mary Karr
Ange Mlinko
Mary Ruefle
Daisy Fried
Michael Robbins
Lavinia Greenlaw
Dean Rader
Joan Gelfand
Emilia Phillips
Christian Bok
Susan Stewart
Martha Rhodes
Allen Ginsberg
Robert Pinsky
Edward Hirsch
Randall Jarrell
Robinson Jeffers
Langston Hughes
Kent Johnston
Christopher Logue
Yusef Komunyakaa
Stanley Kunitz
Denise Levertov
Jack Spicer
Bernadette Mayer
Howard Nemerov
Sharon Olds
Theordore Roethke
Marianne Moore
Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones)
e.e. cummings
Delmore Schwartz
Kay Ryan
Gary Snyder
James Merrill
Marie Howe
W.S. Di Piero
Richard Wilbur
W.S. Graham
Jane Springer
Naomi Guttman
Dorianne Laux
Ian Duhig
Mario Petrucci
Geoffrey G. O’Brien
Graham Foust
Devin Johnston
Jennifer Grotz
Matthew Dickman
Michael Dickman
Brenda Shaughnessy
Laura Kasischke
Sinead Morrisey
Cristina Navazo-Eguía Newton
Emily Berry
Kate Potts
Liz Berry
Anthony Madrid
Harry Man
Paula Bohince
Elizabeth Robinson
Carl Adamshick
Charles Simic
Billy Collins
Nick Laird
Sam Riviere
Patricia Lockwood
Fran Lock
Tony Hoagland
Allan Peterson

(more to follow)



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