The other day, it was brought to my attention that I don’t read dead people. Or dead poets at least. I got home and did a rough count- about 15% of the poetry books I own are written by the deceased. That excludes the anthologies which favor the 20th century.

So here’s the question, what am I (really) missing?

I’ve managed to shelf Plath, Neruda, and Pushkin, but my general aversion to the Western Literary Canon means I might be disregarding worthy reads.

Any recommendations for a contemporary poet?

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