What is the most recent poetry collection or anthology you have read? Would you recommend it?
I'm currently reading World Poetry - An Anthology (Katharine Washburn & John S. Major); it's excellent as it starts with poems dating to 2000 BC, working through different cultures to modern times (not simply Western poetry). It's amazing how 'modern' ancient poetry is, how readable and how relevant.
Jamie, I am currently reading "We Go On, Charity Anthology for Veterans" compiled by Kiki Howell. It is a collection of poetry and stories written by and about war veterans and their experiences both and the field and after their return from service. All proceeds go to various veterans charities. I actually have a story in there, but I am recommending it because the poetry and stories are very moving and most very well written.
John that sounds incredible and useful I am putting together a little war poetry chapbook for my dad. Jamie
That's great Jamie, good luck with it. I dedicated my story in "We Go On" to my dad and uncles who fought in WWII also.
Well I read a lackluster one very recently that I don't even want to mention really.
The last collection I read that I'd recommend was Don't Tell Anyone (The Hollyridge Press Chapbook Series) by Tony Hoagland. I like how Hoagland digs into contemporary superficiality until he finds something with value buried there. His poetry is a sort of cultural archeology. I'd recommend anything by him including his essays on poetry which are fascinating.
I have a Norton 2005, the thin papered US version that has over 2000 pages and is a sort of bible! It has a whole load of poetry in it, from the earliest to the latest - US, UK poets mostly. It's a great reference book, arguably spread a bit too thin, but if you want to have a selection of the great classical poems written over the centuries, plus a few modern, it's good value for money.
Ariel by Sylvia Plath is still worth going through. Her poems on bees are fascinating and the other darker material holds surprises and shocks.
I have two of the Best American poetry anthologies - from 2011 and 2003 - it comes out each year - edited by guest poets each year they're full of poems published in that year by known and unknown poets. A real eclectic mix.
"Best Loved Poems of the American People." I would definitely recommend it. It has all the classics and covers a variety of topics.
by Miss Mimi 6 years ago
What is the most recent book you read, and would you recommend it?
by Imogen French 7 years ago
Have you any good recommendations for recent works of fiction?I need a new novel to read, and don't know where to start looking for one as there is so much choice.Does anybody have a favourite recent book that they would recommend.
by Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago
Fellow poets, what are some of the ways you share your older poems?
by savanahl 5 years ago
Anybody have any thoughts on getting published in an Anthology?Are there any pros?
by Linda Bilyeu 23 months ago
Whose memoir have you recently read that you found most intriguing? Why?
by breathe2travel 6 years ago
Can you recommend a good book series - not Twighlight or Harry Potter - something new?
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