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John Berryman

B. 1914 D. 1972

2 poems available

We must travel in the direction of our fear. - John Berryman

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E E Cummings

B. 1894 D. 1962

America makes prodigious mistakes, America has colossal faults, but one thing cannot be denied: America is always on the move. She may be going to Hell, of course, but at least she isn't standing still. - E. E. Cummings

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4 poems available

Billy Collins writes lovely poems...limpid, gently and consistently startling, more serious than they seem, they describe all the worlds that are and were and some others besides. - John Updike

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Rita Dove

B. 1952

4 poems available

I believe even 5-year-olds can get something from a Shakespearean sonnet...as long as you DON'T tell them, 'This is really hard.' - Rita Dove

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T. S. Eliot

B. 1888 D. 1965

7 poems available

...the communication of the dead/is tongued with fire beyond the language of the living. - from Part 1 of 'Little Gidding', T. S. Eliot

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Ken Smith

B. 1938 D. 2003

2 poems available

Where we are we belong,/Here or another place/How the tree speaks, talks/Of a fox passing through... - 'The Dream', Ken Smith

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Samuel Menashe

B. 1925 D. 2011

10 poems available

O Many Named Beloved / Listen to my praise - 'O Many Named Beloved', Samuel Menashe

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Galway Kinnell

B. 1927 D. 2014

What troubles me is a sense that so many things lovely and precious in our world seem to be dying out. Perhaps poetry will be the canary in the mine-shaft warning us of what's to come. - Galway Kinnell

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4 poems available

A good-tasting homemade stew of angel and beast. - Charles Simic

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Allen Ginsberg

B. 1926 D. 1997

I'm a stenographer of my mind. I write down what passes through it, not what goes on around me. I'm a poet. - Allen Ginsberg

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Langston Hughes

B. 1902 D. 1967

1 poem available

I, too, sing America. - 'I, Too', Langston Hughes

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J D McClatchy

B. 1945 D. 2018

Love is injustice, said Camus./We want to be loved. What's still more true? - 'The Ledger', J. D. McClatchy

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