Poetry

Greetings folks! I know there is already a massive thread about our favorite reading material(which i’ve found tons of phenomenal recommendations in), but I wanted to dig a bit deeper and see if there are any of you out there who enjoy and appreciate poetry. I’d love for you guys to share some of your favorite works or poets, as i’m always looking to get lost in some new(or old) material.
Here is probably my favorite piece of all time, “So You Want To Be A Writer” by Charles Bukowski.
It really hits home and resonated with me as an artist/producer, ever since I first read it over 10 years ago.
Enjoy.

"If it doesn’t come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don’t do it.
unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don’t do it.
if you have to sit for hours
staring at your computer screen
or hunched over your
typewriter
searching for words,
don’t do it.
if you’re doing it for money or
fame,
don’t do it.
if you’re doing it because you want
women in your bed,
don’t do it.
if you have to sit there and
rewrite it again and again,
don’t do it.
if it’s hard work just thinking about doing it,
don’t do it.
if you’re trying to write like somebody
else,
forget about it.

if you have to wait for it to roar out of
you,
then wait patiently.
if it never does roar out of you,
do something else.

if you first have to read it to your wife
or your girlfriend or your boyfriend
or your parents or to anybody at all,
you’re not ready.

don’t be like so many writers,
don’t be like so many thousands of
people who call themselves writers,
don’t be dull and boring and
pretentious, don’t be consumed with self-
love.
the libraries of the world have
yawned themselves to
sleep
over your kind.
don’t add to that.
don’t do it.
unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don’t do it.
unless the sun inside you is
burning your gut,
don’t do it.

when it is truly time,
and if you have been chosen,
it will do it by
itself and it will keep on doing it
until you die or it dies in you.

there is no other way.

and there never was…"

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There’s a great thread where people are sharing their own poems

Of other people’s poems, one that has haunted me since I heard it is:

The Last Time I Saw God

was different from the first two times.

I’d fallen asleep and when I woke
it was just the two of us rocking
gently through each rumbling curve.

(It was on a subway car at night.)

I thought you’d be a woman, I said.

You always say that, he said and laughed.
Because I always think it, I said.
Every time I see you is the first time.

He shrugged: That’s just how it works.

That is when I noticed his slight resemblance to my father,
which also always happens.

Aren’t we ever going to stop?
I asked, suddenly aware of the hurtling train.

He just looked at me. That was when I knew.

– Michael Bazzett

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Gary Snyder is one of my favorites

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The Earnest Liberal’s Lament

by Ernest Hemingway

I know monks masturbate at night
That pet cats screw
That some girls bite
And yet
What can I do
To set things right?

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I love Bukowski too BUT I struggle with the white male privilege implicit in his work - imagine other demographics acting like the asshole that he clearly is. My favourite of his poems are those from when he was dying

My two favourite poets of all (at the moment - everything changes all the time) are

Jenni Fagan https://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/five-poems-jenni-fagan/

and

John Burnside - & in fact one of my favourite poems of his is online too

Other poets whose work I really like:

Kim Addonizio https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/42520/what-do-women-want
Ocean Vuong https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/57586/on-earth-were-briefly-gorgeous
Yusef Komunyakaa https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/jasmine/

edit - forgot Allen Fisher http://www.manifold.group.shef.ac.uk/issue13/AllenFisher13.html

love and write poetry, was involved in the alt lit scene before it turned out most of the important dudes were rapists… that whole thing was so troubling to me it turned me off from poetry for a while, i’ve only come back to it again within the past year and ive been revisiting some of my original sources of inspiration: my favorite book (poetry or otherwise) Spring and All by william carlos williams - his most famous poems were excerpted from this book and the fact that its been chopped up and hugely under appreciated is a real tragedy. it was published the year after eliots waste land and reacts to similar things but with the hope of spring. ron silliman taught an experimental poetry seminar i took in college where the textbooks were spring and all and wittgensteins tractatus – it was an interesting combo…

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