Poems I Like

My favourite modern day poets are (or were) all mad rhymers to one degree or another. And the more controversial they are (or were) the better I like them.

Read the list of poems below is my advice. Because – though I don’t expect you will agree with every idea expressed – it will make you a better person.

Michael Donaghy (Ireland/U.S.)

Tears

Machines

The Present

Reliquary

Shibboleth

A Repertoire

Les Murray (Australia)

Bats’ Ultrasound

Where Humans Can’t Leave and Mustn’t Complain

Rock Music

The Beneficiaries

Big Shame

The Privacy of Typewriters

Heather McHugh (U.S.)

After Su Tung P’O

From the Towers

Space Bar

No Sex for Priests

Glass House

Webcam the World

Michael Robbins (U.S.)

Alien Vs. Predator

Country Music

Not Fade Away

The Second Sex

Be Myself

Springtime in Chicago in November

Stephanie Burt (U.S.)

White Lobelia

Lamb’s Ear

Hermit Crab

My 1985

Kites

Butterfly with Parachute

Paul Muldoon (Ireland)

Quail

A Hummingbird

Aubade

Extraordinary Rendition

From Immram

The Loaf

A.E. Stallings (U.S.)

Pencil

Sea’s Fool

Sea Girls

Fishing

Fear of Happiness

Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda

Don Paterson (Scotland)

Mercies

A Threshold

Why do you stay up so late?

Rain

The Lie

Imperial

Rachel Wetzsteon (U.S.)

The World Had Fled

Cabaret Ludwig

Love and Work

Silver Roses

Algonquin Afterthoughts 

Time Pieces

Adam Kirsch (U.S.)

A new poem

“Calmly, the papers calculate the chance”

42 Up

Revolutionaries, 1929

The Woman of Progressive Intellect, 1914

Bricklayer’s Mate, 1928

Seamus Heaney (Ireland)

Mint

‘When all the others were away at Mass’

Casualty

Follower

Scaffolding

The Seed Cutters

The Seed Cutters

Frederick Seidel (U.S.)

Death

Drinking in the Daytime

Downtown

Before Air-Conditioning

Robespierre

Trump for President

Derek Mahon (Ireland)

The Terminal Bar

Afterlives

At the Window

Achill

The Seasons

To Anne Bronte

Joshua Mehigan (U.S.)

Heard at the Men’s Mission

The Pay Phone

The Polling Place

Joe Pipe

Fanatics

In the Home of my Sitter

Rory Waterman (Ireland/England)

Access Visit

On Derry City Walls, 1992

The Avenue

Visiting Grandpa

From a Birmingham Council Flat

Granattrichter mit Blumen (1924)