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40 Outstanding Contemporary Fabolous Female Poets: MUST READ GREATS

M. E. S. "GAPoet"
The list author says: "Here is a list of my favorite female poets that I return to time and time again. This list is by no means incomplete and if I expanded it to the TOP 75 Great female Poets (not just contemporaries), this list would include May Swenson, Plath, Lynne Knight, Mona Van Duyn, Martha Collins, Alvarez, W. Barker, de los Santos, Marge Piercy, Stanton, Atwood, Hacker, Boland, Nye, Millay (master of the sonnet!), Clampitt, Giovanni, Bogan, H.D. Stevie Smith, Rita Dove, Kizer, Wilner, Rukeyser, Kumin, Teasdale, Lourde, Sexton, Levertov, Gallagher, Schnackenberg, mcPherson, Gregg, Rosetti, Marianne Moore, Spark, Ai, and so many more. So check those female poets out as well!

I tried to put them in order, but again this is nearly an impossible task as who can really say what is the difference between the best #3 vs the best #4 or #14?"
Otherwise: New & Selected Poems
Otherwise: New & Selected Poems
"she never spares extra words here. One of my favorites is "Coats""
Alive Together: New and Selected Poems
Alive Together: New and Selected Poems
"She should be more well known and reminds me of Kunitz and Oliver."
New and Selected Poems, Volume One
New and Selected Poems, Volume One
"so many great thoughts revealed in an image of nature."
Messenger: New and Selected Poems 1976-2006
Messenger: New and Selected Poems 1976-2006
"nominated for the big prize; she should have gotten it!"
The Complete Poems: 1927-1979
The Complete Poems: 1927-1979
"so many excellent poems, a real master of the line!"
View with a Grain of Sand: Selected Poems
View with a Grain of Sand: Selected Poems
"you could get new and Selected as well. A wonderful poet from across the 'pond'."
Strike Sparks: Selected Poems, 1980-2002
Strike Sparks: Selected Poems, 1980-2002
"superb narratives about families."
Wild Iris
Wild Iris
"Read this and you will see why she won the Pulitzer. Also worthy of this list is her "First Four Books" which should be listed here too."
Miracle Fruit
Miracle Fruit
"She does a wonderful job with the prose poem."
What We Carry (American Poets Continuum)
What We Carry (American Poets Continuum)
"Her poems have a real down-to-earth casual tone that strikes at the heart."
Selected Poems
Selected Poems
"The Complete Poems might even be better. If you do not read Russian, you will have to settle for the translations which will still make you want to read more of her work! (Contemporary? You read and be the judge!)"
The Lord and the General Din of the World
The Lord and the General Din of the World
"a poet not to be missed!"
Carnival Evening: New and Selected Poems 1968-1998
Carnival Evening: New and Selected Poems 1968-1998
"A very prolific writer who seems to make the everyday rise up."
Tell Me (American Poets Continuum)
Tell Me (American Poets Continuum)
"Her how-to books, Ordinary Genius and her other, better one, Poet's Companion, are worth a read. Another of her poetry books, What is this Thing Called Love could easily be listed here, too."
All That Divides Us: Poems (Swenson Poetry Award)
All That Divides Us: Poems (Swenson Poetry Award)
"Worthy of any collection!"
Chinese Architecture (The Contemporary poetry series)
Chinese Architecture (The Contemporary poetry series)
"A poet who had images sing off the page!"
Queen for a Day: Selected And New Poems (Pitt Poetry Series)
Queen for a Day: Selected And New Poems (Pitt Poetry Series)
"Pitt Poetry series has many great poets like Crab orchard and Yale, but this author's voice is worth reading twice or more!"
The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
"Again, any selectio or collection to see the Mother of American Poetry (get Whitman if you want the Father!)."
Selected Poems
Selected Poems
"wow!"
Train to Agra (Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry)
Train to Agra (Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry)
"Crab Orchard series has a great hear for talent!"
Beautiful Trouble (Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry)
Beautiful Trouble (Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry)
"Lovely metaphors!"
Year of the Snake (The Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry)
Year of the Snake (The Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry)
"Read this and it will take you away to another place!"
Sweet Confluence: New and Selected Poems
Sweet Confluence: New and Selected Poems
"Another poet who doesn't get as much attention as she should. There are quite a few long poems that are overly impressive!"
Then, Suddenly (Pitt Poetry Series)
Then, Suddenly (Pitt Poetry Series)
"Pitt series-- how do you continually keep doing it?"
Star Ledger (Iowa Poetry Prize)
Star Ledger (Iowa Poetry Prize)
"See also THE OTHER WORLD. There is a collected works available but for some reason Amazon lists it by Doty?"
Dear Good Naked Morning
Dear Good Naked Morning
"Accordian breathing and Dancing is also a worthy read, especially if you are drawn to the lyrical narrative!"
Midnight Voices
Midnight Voices
"should be higher but so many good writers out there!"
Practicing for Heaven (Anhinga Prize for Poetry Series)
Practicing for Heaven (Anhinga Prize for Poetry Series)
"I have not read her two other books but if they are half as enjoyable, then I won't be disappointed!"
Diary of a Cell
Diary of a Cell
"science and poetry-- who knew?"
Steal Away: Selected and New Poems
Steal Away: Selected and New Poems
"A poem who does not get enough attention!"
The Lives of the Heart: Poems
The Lives of the Heart: Poems
"See also AFTER and her other book: GIVEN SUGAR GIVEN SALT"
Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems, 1965-2003 (Wesleyan Poetry Series)
Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems, 1965-2003 (Wesleyan Poetry Series)
"a talented writer!"
Stone for an Eye (Wick Poetry Chapbook Series, 3)
Stone for an Eye (Wick Poetry Chapbook Series, 3)
"Beautiful mediations on a rock! I can't wait to see her full collection!"
BODIES THAT HUM
BODIES THAT HUM
"She can take formal poetry to new levels of poetic casualness!"
Picture Bride (Yale Series of Younger Poets)
Picture Bride (Yale Series of Younger Poets)
"The first book is so moving and alive, and I can't help but wonder where that voice went in the rest of her books?"
The Ninety-Third Name of God: Poems
The Ninety-Third Name of God: Poems
"Fiarly new writer out of Georgia who brings cancer to a level of poeticness not seen in many others who tackle the same hard subject matter!"
Native Guard: Poems
Native Guard: Poems
"I go back and forth between putting this book here and removing it from my TOP list. You decide."
The Fact of a Doorframe: Poems 1950-2001
The Fact of a Doorframe: Poems 1950-2001
"Some of ehr early work is so fantastic and she is definitely a poetic force to be wreckoned with so no list would be complete without her!"
The Country Between Us
The Country Between Us
"Perhaps every anthology has "The Colonel" in it, but if you have not read her, do so. It will scare you at hearing such Truth."
What Love Comes To: New and Selected Poems
What Love Comes To: New and Selected Poems
"Some great stuff, especially her two award books including IN THE NEXT GALAXY."