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Favourite poems/poets?

Postby Rach » Wed Nov 24, 2010 12:15 am

Been getting back into poetry, saw Billy Collins in Ledbury this summer and Douglas Dunn at a local reading recently. Loads of other poems whose authors are living/dead I enjoy inc Paul Groves, Auden, Armitage, Robert Crawford, Jean Sprackland, Sharon Olds.

Would be interested to hear what others are reading, have/haven't enjoyed?
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Re: Favourite poems/poets?

Postby Rochellita » Thu Dec 02, 2010 10:30 am

Rach wrote:Been getting back into poetry, saw Billy Collins in Ledbury this summer and Douglas Dunn at a local reading recently. Loads of other poems whose authors are living/dead I enjoy inc Paul Groves, Auden, Armitage, Robert Crawford, Jean Sprackland, Sharon Olds.

Would be interested to hear what others are reading, have/haven't enjoyed?


Being Liverpudlian do you like Brian Patten? He's a Liverpudlian poet I used to enjoy reading in my teens.
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Re: Favourite poems/poets?

Postby skoptic » Thu Dec 02, 2010 4:01 pm

Barbara Channon wrote:This is my favourite Shakespeare's Sonnet:
(130)
My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun,
Coral is far more red, than her lips red,
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun:
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head:
I have seen roses damasked, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks,
And in some perfumes is there more delight,
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know,
That music hath a far more pleasing sound:
I grant I never saw a goddess go,
My mistress when she walks treads on the ground.
And yet by heaven I think my love as rare,
As any she belied with false compare.

My dad proposed to mum with it...so romantic...



damn I proposed with a N-Dubz verse...... ;-)
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Re: Favourite poems/poets?

Postby mabli » Thu Dec 02, 2010 7:08 pm

.flux wrote:
Rach wrote:Been getting back into poetry, saw Billy Collins in Ledbury this summer and Douglas Dunn at a local reading recently. Loads of other poems whose authors are living/dead I enjoy inc Paul Groves, Auden, Armitage, Robert Crawford, Jean Sprackland, Sharon Olds.

Would be interested to hear what others are reading, have/haven't enjoyed?


Being Liverpudlian do you like Brian Patten? He's a Liverpudlian poet I used to enjoy reading in my teens.

In my teens I had a book with poems by Adrian Henry, Roger McGough and Brian Pattern, I loved it. I gave it away to a French lad I fell madly in love with for a summer who used to write me poetry so it seemed like a fair swap at the time.
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Re: Favourite poems/poets?

Postby Rach » Sat Dec 11, 2010 12:02 am

Barbara, a lovely sonnet, N Dubz is good too!

Yes Flux I have read some Brian Patten and a few years back he did a reading at the local library which was good, great to hear him reading his own work.

Sounds like a fair swap Mabli! I think I had that same book- 'Strictly Private', I think it was called. My copy has gone awol too, but I can still remember a few, one about a beautiful petrol pump attendant stands out.

Adrian Henri's 'Song for a Beautiful Girl Petrol-Pump Attendant on the Motorway'

I wanted your soft-verges
But you gave me the hard shoulder

From 'Collected Poems: 1967-85' (London:Allison & Busby, 1986) p.65.
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