E. E. Cummings
A fun poet whose eccentricity of language, punctuation, and point of view set him apart as a true original.
The popular Welsh poet whose poems are as lyrical as they are romantic.
A Kansas-born poet, although she was raised in Chicago, where she became the first African American to receive a Pulitzer Prize (1950) for her second book of poetry, Annie Allen, which painted poignant portraits of the Black urban poor whom she witnessed everyday.
Another fine, lyrical poet from my native state of Kansas whose subject matter runs the gamut, from meditative to playful.
William Carlos Williams
A pediatrician from Rutherford, New Jersey, whose poems celebrate the simple things in life in unique and surprising ways.
I call Bobby the "Bard of the Border" for his delicious and moving poems about living and loving in El Paso across the border from Juarez. They are so good I had to borrow a verse from his "Why I am a Poet, #7" for the introduction to my Bobby Blue Bland biography.
Probably my favorite of the Harlem Renaissance writers, his poems are strong, straight-forward, and always sweetly rhythmic.
My favorite of the so-called Beat Poets whose funny, irreverent poems still speak to the country's outcasts and dreamers.
She was appointed America's 23rd Poet Laureate in 2019, the first Native American to be so honored. She is a member of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation and lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her poems about her culture and family are especially warm and spiritual.
No one spends a love poem like this Nobel Prize winning Chilean poet and statesman:
Don't leave me, even for an hour,
then the little drops of anguish will run together
the smoke that roams looking for a
home will drift
into me, choking my lost heart.
Happy National Poetry Month!