Help Me Find Poets III

I am heading into the third semester at Pacific, where in lieu of ongoing commentaries on individual works, I will be writing a longer critical essay. At this point, I am thinking about writing about Seamus Heaney, and in particular how he successfully navigates numerous dialectic elements in contemporary poetry, such as:

Free verseMeter & rhyme
MeaningPrecious Nonsense
Plain SpeechElevated diction

In addition, I will continue to read widely from a variety of sources. Here is what I am thinking about adding to my reading list:

On Poetry

  • Fredrick Smock, Poetry And Compassion (thank you, Mr. Carter)
  • Dorianne Laux and Kim Adonizzo, The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry
  • Stephen Berg (ed.), Singular Voices: American Poetry Today


  • Umberto Saba, Songbook: Selected Poems from the Canzoniere of Umberto Saba (trans. Stephen Sartarelli)
  • Marvin Bell, The Book Of The Dead Man and Mars Being Red
  • Paul Muldoon, Horse Latitudes
  • Jane Mead, The Lord and the General Din of the World
  • Ron Silliman (ed.), In The American Tree
  • Patrick Kavanagh, Collected Poems
  • Eavan Boland, Selected Poems
  • Seamus Heaney, Opened Ground: Poems 1966-1996
  • Seamus Heaney, District and Circle
  • Medbh McGuckian, Selected Poems: 1978-1994
  • David St. John, Study for the World’s Body: New and Selected Poems
  • Tony Curtis (ed.), The Art of Seamus Heaney
  • Paul Celan, Poems of Paul Celan: A Bilingual German/English Edition

Ideas For Poetry Book Structure

  • Issa, The Year Of My Life (trans. Nobuyuki Yuasa)
  • Basho, Back Roads To Far Towns (trans. Kamaike Susumu and Cid Corman)
  • Robert Lowell, Life Studies
  • Roland Barthes, A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments (trans. Richard Howard)

This is only a cursory sketch for now. Any suggestions?