What are your favorite poems?
For my 40th birthday, I asked friends and family to share their favorite poems with me. I compiled the results into a little booklet that sits by my bed. It has everything from The Contrariness of the Mad Farmer by Wendell Berry to Listen to the Mustn’ts by Shel Silverstein. I treasure this collection. The poems are singular sources of wisdom, and they are glimpses into the authentic selves of my loved ones.
Since April is National Poetry Month, I thought it would be beautiful for us to do this same exercise as a larger collective. What are your favorite poems? What would you add?
Note: Some of you may read this question with an eye roll. You may feel like poetry only has a national month because no one would read it otherwise. For you, verse may seem better relegated to dusty books from college that should never be opened again. Poetry is indeed ancient. It can be unnecessarily opaque. Nevertheless, I think there is something in it for everyone. Perhaps this list will touch even the most cynical of us.