April is National Poetry Month. I enjoy poetry but am not an avid reader. To me, poetry is like an ethnic dish that you have every once in a while, and it’s so delicious that you think, “Why don’t I eat this more often?”
Here are a few poets who inspire me:
- Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani right here in Kentucky. Get his Collected Poems here.
- Wendell Berry. I recently shared one of his Sabbath poems with you. Berry is another Kentucky writer that you should become acquainted with if you’re not already. Get his New Collected Poems here.
- Luci Shaw. Her Polishing The Petoskey Stone is a must-read for poetry lovers. Shaw is a Christian who models creativity and often writes reflections on creativity and imagination (read these reflections in her Breath for the Bones.
What other poets should I read? Which poets and poems inspire you?