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A Listmania! list by M. E. S. "GAPoet" (Heart of Georgia)
The list author says: "See my other list for 40 Great Female Poets of today's day and age. Again, there are so many. Notice some are not "contemporary" by definition but they ahve a feel of/being connected to contemporaries. If I had more room, I would include: Robert Pinsky, Floyd Skloot, James Merrill, Bruce Bond, James Dickey, Stephen Dobyns, Jake Adam York, Philip Schultz, Richard Wilbur, Philip Larkin, Whitman (the grandfather of poetry), Carl Dennis, and Dick Allen just to name a few!"
The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems (Bilingual Edition) (English and Spanish Edition)
1.  The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems (Bilingual Edition) (English and Spanish Edition) by Pablo Neruda
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  "i recommend starting with 20 Love Songs and a Song of Despair. Even translated, it is breath-taking, sensuality."
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The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke (English and German Edition)
2.  The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke (English and German Edition) by Stephen Mitchell
The list author says:
  "Stephen Mitchell does a fantastic job translating. Heavy stuff. read it."
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Rose (New Poets of America)
3.  Rose (New Poets of America) by Li-Young Lee
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  "Almost any of his books will stir your muse."
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William Carlos Williams: Selected Poems (American Poets Project)
4.  William Carlos Williams: Selected Poems (American Poets Project) by William Carlos Williams
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  "A true master of brievity, a "father" of poetry. Does that make Whitman the grandfather?"
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Above the River: The Complete Poems
5.  Above the River: The Complete Poems by James Wright
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  "Selected or Collected or this edition. Buy one. Now!"
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New Selected Poems
6.  New Selected Poems by Philip Levine
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  "What Work Is (my favorite) and the Simple Truth (another good book) are perfect companions to this master of narrative poetry."
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Search Party: Collected Poems
7.  Search Party: Collected Poems by Sebastian Matthews
The list author says:
  "the author is William Matthews. Don't miss out on his poetry! Influenced heavily by jazz"
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A Field Guide to the Heavens (Brittingham Prize in Poetry)
8.  A Field Guide to the Heavens (Brittingham Prize in Poetry) by Frank Gaspar
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  "Night of a thousand Blossoms and his other work pulls imagery together in a wonderful way."
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Selected Poems (Borzoi Poetry)
9.  Selected Poems (Borzoi Poetry) by Wallace Stevens
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  "Sometimes lost in the shuffle. Shamelessly so."
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Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems
10.  Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins
The list author says:
  "This author sometimes gets under people's skin, but I find him both funny and full of the everyday. Wondeful!"
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The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems
11.  The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems by Edward Hirsch
The list author says:
  "Also check out his Poet's Choice where he will introduce you to other great sometimes forgotten writers! For the Sleepwalkers is his best book, but Wild Gratitude and Earthly measures have fantastic ones too!"
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Mysticism for Beginners: Poems
12.  Mysticism for Beginners: Poems by Adam Zagajewski
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  "I have not read his newest work but his work will touch your soul even in translation!"
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The Flying Change: Poems
13.  The Flying Change: Poems by Henry Taylor
The list author says:
  "Won a Pulitzer for this book back in the 80s, so why doesn't anyone know his work????"
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Traveling Light: COLLECTED AND NEW POEMS (Illinois Poetry Series)
14.  Traveling Light: COLLECTED AND NEW POEMS (Illinois Poetry Series) by David Wagoner
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  "Lyrical, narrative, beautiful."
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Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems
15.  Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems by Mark Doty
The list author says:
  "His Art of Description (or really any book in that series On Writing) is super educational! This book puts together his greatest hits, which is long, but then he writes long poems!"
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Selected Poems of Langston Hughes (Vintage Classics)
16.  Selected Poems of Langston Hughes (Vintage Classics) by Langston Hughes
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  "Such a strong powerful voice!"
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The Great Fires: Poems, 1982-1992
17.  The Great Fires: Poems, 1982-1992 by Jack Gilbert
The list author says:
  "Why hasn't this poet won any fo the big prizes? really."
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Some Jazz a While: COLLECTED POEMS
18.  Some Jazz a While: COLLECTED POEMS by Miller Williams
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  "a wonder."
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Paper Cathedrals: Poems (Wick Poetry First Book Series)
19.  Paper Cathedrals: Poems (Wick Poetry First Book Series) by Morri Creech
The list author says:
  "Worthy of a Wick award."
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Shells (Yale Series of Younger Poets)
20.  Shells (Yale Series of Younger Poets) by Craig Arnold
The list author says:
  "A shame he had to fall into a volcano at such an early age. His first book was as fantastic as his second book was bad. Alas, there will never be a third."
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The Selected Levis: Revised Edition (Pitt Poetry Series)
21.  The Selected Levis: Revised Edition (Pitt Poetry Series) by Larry Levis
The list author says:
  "Worth every penny."
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A New Selected Poems
22.  A New Selected Poems by Galway Kinnell
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  "Have you read this modern marvel? Have ya?"
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Opened Ground: Selected Poems, 1966-1996
23.  Opened Ground: Selected Poems, 1966-1996 by Seamus Heaney
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  "New and Selected or any collection. he feels the earth."
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Nightworks: Poems 1962-2000
24.  Nightworks: Poems 1962-2000 by Marvin Bell
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  "I can't understand why everyone isn't drawn to this?"
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Passing Through: The Later Poems, New and Selected
25.  Passing Through: The Later Poems, New and Selected by Stanley Kunitz
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  "This or the Collected. brings nature to a new light."
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Midwest Eclogue: Poems
26.  Midwest Eclogue: Poems by David Baker
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  "Many poets have hailed him as great. Still many do not know his work. Buy it now!"
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New and Selected Poems 1974-1994
27.  New and Selected Poems 1974-1994 by Stephen Dunn
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  "His first selected work. He actually has two: the other goes on over the next 15 years and it ain't skimpy!"
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Under the Vulture-Tree
28.  Under the Vulture-Tree by David Bottoms
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  "I confess to owning his Under the Armour not this book, but clearly, this is his most famous!"
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The Man in the Middle (Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series)
29.  The Man in the Middle (Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series) by Gregory Djanikian
The list author says:
  "intriguing work"
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Making Certain It Goes On: The Collected Poems of Richard Hugo
30.  Making Certain It Goes On: The Collected Poems of Richard Hugo by Richard Hugo
The list author says:
  "The Triggering Town: Lectures and essays on Poetry and Writing is perhaps his most well known book, but let's not forget his poems!"
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Heart's Needle
31.  Heart's Needle by W. D. Snodgrass
The list author says:
  "Truly worth of a Pulitzer! Confessional at its finest. I you like dramatic monologues, check out his controversarial Fuherer Bunker."
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Consolation Miracle (Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry)
32.  Consolation Miracle (Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry) by Chad Davidson
The list author says:
  "If you have seen my lists, you know I am biased toward the Crab Orchard series but then they keep putting out quality stuff!!"
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Collected Shorter Poems, 1946-1991
33.  Collected Shorter Poems, 1946-1991 by Hayden Carruth
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  "Also see his Collected Longer Poems."
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Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest: Poems
34.  Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest: Poems by B. H. Fairchild
The list author says:
  "The Art of the Lathe is fantastic too, as well as Local Knowledge but he shines most in this one!"
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Gary Soto: New and Selected Poems
35.  Gary Soto: New and Selected Poems by Gary Soto
The list author says:
  "Beautiful book, capturing two cultures and making them sing!"
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American Rendering: New and Selected Poems
36.  American Rendering: New and Selected Poems by Andrew Hudgins
The list author says:
  "Superb images, great poems. See his work in Saints and Sinners. Then go read: Ecstatic in the Poison."
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Human Wishes (American Poetry Series)
37.  Human Wishes (American Poetry Series) by Robert Hass
The list author says:
  "I am unsure why he won the Pulitzer for Time and Materials (a later selected works) when his early stuff is 10 times better. He had to share the Pulitzer with a better writer, Philip Shultz who won it for writing about Failures."
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Visible Signs: New and Selected Poems (Poets, Penguin)
38.  Visible Signs: New and Selected Poems (Poets, Penguin) by Lawrence Raab
The list author says:
  "Funny and better writing than most who often dip ito humor. Reminds me of the writer RON CARLSON."
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Blue Lash: Poems
39.  Blue Lash: Poems by James Armstrong PhD
The list author says:
  "He seems to have disappeared fro the scene. Quite a shame really because his early work is entirely engaging!"
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