Poems by Others

So many poems, so little time! Hey, that would make a great T-shirt slogan! Here are a few favourite poems written by other poets. I have printouts of most of these poems in my poetry reading binder, and enjoy reciting them at my poetry readings, or when I’m emcee. I believe it’s always good to read poems by other poets whenever I give a reading, and these are among the poems I like to share the most. See also Poems About Haiku, also mostly by other poets. You can also read selections of my own haiku and senryu as well as longer poems, collaborations, sequences, tanka, and rengay. Enjoy!

Selected Favourite Poems

A Blessing — James Wright
Adam’s Curse  W. B. Yeats
Advice to Young Writers — Ron Padgett
Anagrammer — Peter Pereira
Ars Poetica [excerpt] — George Amabile
Ars Poetica — Archibald Macleish
Blackberry Eating  Galway Kinnell
Blandeur — Kay Ryan
The Book of Questions III — Pablo Neruda
Choices — Tess Gallagher
Content — David Ignatow
Cradle — Roberto Ascalon
Credo — Judith Roche
Digging — Seamus Heaney
Dust of Snow — Robert Frost
Eating Poetry — Mark Strand
First Drift — Ron Padgett
Happiness — Raymond Carver
How to Be a Poet — Wendell Berry
How to Be Perfect — Ron Padgett
I Could Take — Hayden Carruth
if everything happens that can’t be done — E. E. Cummings       +
if you like my poems — E. E. Cummings
Introduction to Poetry — Billy Collins
I Taught Myself to Live Simply — Anna Akhmatova
The Japanese Garden — Ron Padgett
l(a — E. E. Cummings
The Laughing Heart — Charles Bukowski
Leah bribed Jacob  Samuel Menashe
Let Evening Come — Jane Kenyon
let's start a magazine — E. E. Cummings (see the origin of this website’s name)
The Longest Word — Peggy Barnett
Losing Private Sutherland — Jerry Kilbride (haibun)
Love Poem — Curtis Dunlap
Maybe Love Is More Like an Onion — Lana Hechtman Ayers
Nantucket — William Carlos Williams
The New Poetry Handbook — Mark Strand
New Season — Wendy Cope
One Does Not Write — Naomi Beth Wakan
On Nothing — Antonio Porchia
On the Fishing Fly — Thomas Lynch (haibun)
Ox Cart Man — Donald Hall
Poetics — A. R. Ammons
Poetry — Marianne Moore
Poet’s Work — Lorine Niedecker
Poetry Reading — Anna Swir
Purple — Alexis Rotella
Ring Out, Wild Bells (In Memoriam) — Alfred Lord Tennyson
Silence — William Carlos Williams
Sound and Sense  Alexander Pope
A Story About the Body — Robert Hass
The Summer Day — Mary Oliver
Thank You for Saying Thank You — Charles Bernstein
That Brat — Anna Swir
That Little Beast — Mary Oliver
The Peace of Wild Things — Wendell Berry
The Real Work — Wendell Berry
Wayfarer’s Night Song — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Welcome Morning — Anne Sexton
Why I Am Happy — William Stafford
Young Poets  Nicanor Parra

For Fun

Candidate for a Pullet Surprise — Mark Eckman and Jerrold H. Zar
The English Lesson — Anonymous
English Pronunciation — G. Nolst Trenité
Miss Snooks, Poetess — Stevie Smith
Monsieur Joliat — Wilson MacDonald
My Daddy — Ogden Nash
Smart — Shel Silverstein
The Reading — Wendy Cope     +