Shelf 5: Poetry

Whenever I feel like I’ve been clogging my head with too many words, I return to the poets whose attention to the language opens paths to feelings (and to a lesser degree, thoughts) I hadn’t been aware of.   I highly recommend reading the poems aloud, giving yourself time to let the rhythms and textures sink in.  For most of the r poets of the 20th and 21st centuries, I’ve recommended individual volumes which reflect the reality of the poetic process much better than selections of anthology pieces or collections of Greatest Hits.  But if you like a single volume, I strongly recommend moving on to the Collected Works.