50 reading lists

anonymous asked:

poetry book recs, kind sir?

ooooooh YES!! 

ok so I’m going to leave out stuff that’s Too Obvious, which means a lot of this is niche (to me) or contemporary, and… I recently had a canary on twitter about how much ~*~modern~*~ poetry GETS MY GOAT. I’m reading a lot of New poets/collections this year purely because I… didn’t really read that much contemporary stuff before, and I thought I should branch out. (so far I’m dubious.) so, yes – obviously Plath, Blake, Hughes, Sappho, Eliot, Keats, Shelley, etc. etc. ad nauseum, The Greats, yadda yadda, here’s some others.

so far this year I’ve read (and ENJOYED - I’m not reccing the ones I wasn’t into/thought were pants, soz): 

  • Letters From Medea by Salma Deera
  • Grief Is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter
  • Hold Your Own by Kate Tempest (I actually LOVED this) 
  • Mouthful of Forevers by Clementine von Radics
  • War of the Foxes by Richard Siken (of YOU’RE SITTING IN A CAR WITH A BEAUTIFUL BOY, AND HE WON’T TELL YOU THAT HE LOVES YOU, BUT HE LOVES YOU fame) 

I’ve also read and loved:

  • Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire
  • The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy by Tim Burton
  • The Curse of the Vampire’s Socks and Other Doggerel by Terry Jones
  • Love Poems by Carol Ann Duffy
  • Let Us Compare Mythologies by Leonard Cohen

my personal 10/10 all-time go-tos are:

  • Crush by Richard Siken (despite appearing on every single tumblr graphic between 2011 and 2013, it still gets me in the heart guts)
  • The World’s Wife by Carol Ann Duffy (which I have loved wholeheartedly since I was 17 years old)
  • pretty much any collection of Great War poetry: Up the Line to Death, Men Who March Away, Lads: Love Poetry of the Trenches (the Great War poets are my favourite. like, of all poetry, ever)

my favourite individual poems, as we’re on the subj, are: 

finally, a heads up: youtube literally anything by Brave New Voices, sit back, prepare to be Shook. ‘Transcript of Civil Rights’ by Shanita Jackson and Dakota Oder still DESTROYS ME five years later.

THERE YA GO. not much, but not nothing! enjoy!! maybe?!?

50 Things to be happy about:

1- That first sip of coffee in the morning.
2- The cracking sound a new book makes when you open it.
3- The feeling of the sun on your back.
4- Your favorite shirt.
5- Being successful after lots of practice.
6- The smell of rain.
7- Waking up early enough to see the sunrise.
8- Putting your face in warm laundry.
9- Massages.
10- Candle Light.
11- Long walks.
12- A good book.
13- Realizing it will pass.
14- A sip of wine.
15-A morning cigarette with a loved one.
16- Big hugs that make you feel warm inside.
17- Cuddles.
18- Some one loves you.
19-Feeling cute.
20- Loving yourself.
21- You lived.
22- You’re stronger than you know.
23- Concerts.
24- Nature.
25- Long showers.
26- You are good enough.
27- Tattoos.
28- Art.
29- You made someone smile today whether you know it or not.
30- You have impacted someone’s life.
31-You’re perfect.
32- Pizza.
33- Payday.
34- New clothes.
35- Making good decisions.
36- Getting shit done.
37- Drifting to sleep.
38- Inspiration.
39- Eating your favorite food.
40- Bubble Baths.
41- Cats.
42- You’re never alone.
43- Puns.
44- Astrology.
45- Seasonal Vibes.
46- Blasting your favorite song.
47- Scenery.
48- Seeing someone you miss.
49- Tummy Butterflies.
50- You’re alive and that’s an accomplishment.
~Add to my list?~

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