Curator Reviews

Jeanette Winterson

Just one of the best poets of the twentieth century, or any century. Her refusal to separate politics and poetry kept her urgent, edgy, angry, relevant. A diver at the wreck.

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Alexis Taylor

In these poems the private and confessional worlds of Cavafy’s longing and yearning sit side by side with metaphorical explorations of our relationship to expectation and impending social invasion.

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Quiara Alegría Hudes

I’d need poems. I love far too many, and favorites change daily. I’d bring Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Collected Poems,” for curiosity and a wanderlust heart.

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Kathy Bates

I love sonnets, with their iambic pentameter. This collection has most of her best-known works, but my favorite “I Shall Go Back Again to the Bleak Shore,” is in her Selected Poems edition. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923, only the third woman to do so. All her life she was an activist for women’s rights.

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