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Women poets

Yesterday, or so my f'list tells me, was National Poetry Day. The BBC, in celebration, posted the nation's top ten poets. None, as brisingamen observed, were female. Five females made the also-ran list. She challenged her readers to come up with a list of (at least) ten female poets. Here's what I got out of reading all the post and comments responding to her challenge (although I have failed to stick with the UK):

Sappho, Bronte, Angelou,
Smith, Brown, Hacker,
Stein, Plath, Montagu,
Sexton, Bishop, Parker,

Rich, Duffy, Dickinson
Plath, Teasdale, Livesay,
Webb, Wright, Winterson,
Walton, Yolen, Katsuri.

"Female poets? Worthy? Pro?"
"I can't think of any, no."

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ms_cataclysm
Oct. 9th, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
Funnily enough , more of my favourite prose authors are female than male but for poetry it's the other way round.

This may be explained by the fact that almost all the poems on my list would be 50 years or more old but relatively few of the books would fall into that category.