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Louise Bogan

B. 1897 D. 1970

3 poems available

Louise Bogan's art is compactness compacted. Emotion with her, as she has said of certain fiction, is 'itself form, the kernel which builds outward form from inward intensity.' Marianne Moore

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Gwendolyn Brooks

B. 1917 D. 2000

7 poems available

I know that the Black emphasis must be not against white but FOR Black. . . Gwendolyn Brooks

Poet

4 poems available

His poems are made from his life with his life; his poems are earned. He dares to be simple. And he is surely among the finest young poets alive. - The American Poetry Review

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Elizabeth Bishop

B. 1911 D. 1979

4 poems available

All her poems have written underneath - 'I have seen it.' - Randall Jarrell

Poet

1 poem available

The poem might be our only evidence that an event has occurred: it exists for us as the sole trace of an occurrence. - Carolyn Forche

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4 poems available

My father could only sign/His name, but he'd look at blueprints/& say how many bricks/ Formed each wall - My Father's Letters, Yusef Komunyakaa

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Ted Kooser

B. 1939

11 poems available

I try to honor my reader's patience and generosity by presenting what I have to say as clearly and succinctly as possible. - Ted Kooser

Poet

7 poems available

Poetry is a way of living...a human activity like baking bread or playing basketball. - Robert Hass

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C. K. Williams

B. 1939 D. 2015

3 poems available

C. K. Williams is a wonderful poet, in the authentic American tradition of Walt Whitman and William Carlos Williams, who tells us on every page what it means to be alive in our time. - Stanley Kunitz

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4 poems available

Robert Pinsky has what I think Shakespeare must have had: dexterity combined with worldliness, the magician's dazzling quickness fused with subtle intelligence... - Louise Gluck

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Kay Ryan

B. 1945

12 poems available

What poetry does is put more oxygen into the atmosphere. Poetry makes it easier to breathe. - Kay Ryan

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Theodore Roethke

B. 1908 D. 1963

In a dark time the eye begins to see - 'In a Dark Time', Theodore Roethke

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