Hannah Regel’s poem ‘The Deer Hunter’ appeared in The Poetry Review, Vol 111, No 1, Spring 2021
1. Gloria Fuertes – ‘I Think Table and Say Chair’
It makes sense to me that Gloria Fuertes was a children’s author because she strikes me as someone who was impossibly wise, this poem is proof.
2. Lucille Clifton, ‘1994’
Oh to grow old with your one mad nipple! Whenever I read this I think about ageing and it makes me feel brave and sad.
3. David Berman – ‘Snow’
I’m finding it hard to write little summaries because I don’t want to ruin the poems, especially when they’re short. Only to say that I love David Berman and this is what I’ve picked. It’s from his collection Actual Air.
4. James Wright – ‘Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy’s Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota’
This is exactly what it feels like to truly relax!
5. Ariana Reines – ‘A Partial History’
I love Ariana Reines, not least because she feels like an actual soothsayer. I feel like people will read her in fifty years and say: she was right about everything.
6. Stacy Skolnik – ‘Mrsblueeyes123.com’
Everyone is so obsessed with figuring out how to write about the internet but Stacy has figured out how to write on it (warning: not safe for work!).
7. Miyo Vestrini – ‘The Sorrow’
Miyo Vestrini is such a gnarled poet. The image of how much you are loved being visible in what you throw away follows me everywhere.
8. Dory Previn – ‘Twenty-Mile Zone’
Not technically a poem but I love Dory Previn so much and her two autobiographies, Midnight Baby and Bog Trotter, are a kind of poetry and if you get the chance to read them you absolutely should. Anyway, isn’t this song what writing poems is all about: I’m just a creature/ Who is looking for a little release.