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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."



Oct. 9th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
What about Christina Rossetti? Mary Oliver? Audre Lorde? Oh, I see, they got mentioned but their names were tough to include. I'm interested that almost no one mentioned Margaret Atwood's poetry, which is intimate and wonderful. Also no mention of Mary Oliver, either, which is too bad.

I do love the rhyme, though, and will send it along to my poet mom.

Edited at 2009-10-09 04:50 pm (UTC)
Oct. 9th, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah...Rossetti was barely passed over for poet laureate.