The best poems ever

Some people are curious about what I like to read, other folks want a list of poems that won’t bore them into a coma. Either way, here is a list (in no particular order) of some of my favorite poems.

For copywrite reaons, I can’t post the poems; so just google them, I’m sure you’ll find the texts. This list is a work in progess. Very in progress.

  • Robert Haas: Faint Music
  • Gary Snyder: Axe Handles, The Bath, plus a million others
  • Alice Notley: As Good as Anything, I Must Have Called and So He Comes
  • Yehuda Amichai: Letter of Recommendation; Mayor; Advice for Good Love; A Pity. We Were Such a Good Invention
  • W.S. Merwin: For a Coming Extinction
  • Phillip Levine: They Feed They Lion
  • Theodore Roethke: Big Wind, Root Cellar.
  • Pablo Neruda: Always, plus tons of others.
  • Octavio Paz: Sunstone
  • Derek Walcott: Sea Grapes, Elegy (1968)
  • Gary Soto: Some Worry, The History of Karate
  • Alan Ginsburg: Howl, Kaddish, America
  • Faye Kicknosway: Cowboy, The Violence of Potatoes, Inheritance, The Day’s Extortion
  • Bertold Brecht: Buying Oranges
  • Elizabeth Bishop: Visits to St. Elizabeth’s
  • Adreinne Rich: Still narrowing…
  • Rainer Maria Rilke: Palm (from Orchards), Requiem
  • Rita Dove: Parsley, Parlor, The Venus of Willendorf
  • Ted Berrigan: Ten Things I Do Everyday
  • Charles Olsen: In Cold Hell, in Thicket
  • Jared Carter: For Jack Chatham
  • Dorothea Parker: Lyric
  • Larry Lewis: The Morning After My Death
  • Adam Hammer: Guide to Marine Mammals and Sentence Structure
  • Charles Simic: The World Doesn’t End, plus others

ALSO! I am now compiling a list of indubitable import! I proudly present:

(please add your suggestions)

  • Marianne Moore: The Fish
  • Elizabeth Bishop: The Fish
  • Ted Hughes: The Pike
  • D.H. Lawrence: Fish
  • G.K. Chesterton: The Fish
  • Carl Sandburg: Fish Crier
  • More to come…

4 Responses to “The best poems ever”

  1. Hello

    Great book. I just want to say what a fantastic thing you are doing! Good luck!


  2. Thanks for mentioning my poem “For Jack Chatham” on your site. There are some terrific poems on your list. I genuinely appreciate being included in that company.

    All best,

    Jared Carter

  3. Wow.. Thank you Mr. Carter for taking the time to come up and say hi. I never would have expected a reply from one of the poets actually listed above. I think I found that poem inside of some odd little anthology I picked up at the Ann Arbor Public Library in Michigan. I can’t recall the name of the collection but your piece was the highlight. Great work and thank you for the inspiration.

  4. Fishing:

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