Make Your Voice Heard: Respond to This Question

 

Often, both beginning and experienced poets have difficulty understanding poems they read. Which of the globally famous poets do you consistently find to be the most accessible to readers?

About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. In 2018, I was honored by the Governor of Illinois for my thirty-eight years of accomplishments in the literary arts, and my work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. I am the author of seven books including: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; Your Original Personal Ad; and my latest, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu by Charlotte Digregorio." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I regularly sign books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and do poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. I was recently nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in poetry. I have won fifty-nine poetry awards, writing fourteen poetic forms. My poetry has been translated into eight languages. I do illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and other venues. My individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I am self-employed as a public relations/marketing consultant, having served a total of 118 clients in 23 states for the past several decades . In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America, and for two years as its Second Vice President.
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12 Responses to Make Your Voice Heard: Respond to This Question

  1. aloha Charlotte. my quick reply would be, for haiku, Bashō and Issa, however of course I’m reading translations (thank you to translators).

    in a broader range of poetry, e. e. cummings simply because his words clatter and click and clickety-clack along, in ways similar to the way my mind seems to work—whether i fully understand the poem or not, i like that and it draws me in. aloha rick.

  2. For haiku Basho and more up to date Richard Wright

  3. Paul Beech says:

    Hi Charlotte, here are a few of the poets I’ve found most accessible:

    MAINSTREAM POETS

    UK: Simon Armitage, our current Poet Laureate. I enjoy his wit and down-to-earth Yorkshire grit. Also, his Selected Poems (2001) carried me through a long-weekend in hospital with a suspected heart attack, back in 2015. (Turned out I hadn’t had a heart attack after all, though the tests did reveal other issues.)

    US: the late Raymond Carver. I love both his poetry and his prose, his particular brand of realism.

    HAIKU POETS

    UK: the recently deceased David Cobb, co-founder of the BHS (British Haiku Society), which my partner Maureen and I are both proud members of. His haikai works had a luminosity all his own. David was a truly great poet of the genre and will be greatly missed.

    US: the late H Gene Murtha. Okay, he was never globally famous. But I admire his work greatly for its tenderness, humour and beautifully simple rendering of complex situations.

    My very best,

    Paul

  4. Donna Bauerly says:

    For non haiku poets, Mary Oliver tops the list. I am re-reading DEVOTIONS for the third time. For haiku poets, of course my favorite is Raymond Roseliep.

    But I am a poet fanatic and have so many others, in my heart and memory and on my shelves!!

    with care,
    Donna

  5. Thanks for commenting, Donna!

  6. maureen Weldon says:

    Hello Charlotte,
    Globally famous accessible poets?
    So many poets, wonderful and famous poets, poets I love.
    Maybe I will make a little list,
    W. B. Yeats
    Rumi
    Basho
    Dylan Thomas
    Sylvia Plath
    Simon Armitage
    Seamus Heaney

  7. Doris Lynch says:

    I think Naomi Shihab Nye is a very accessible poet, as are Billy Collins and Ada Limón. They each write poems that are easy to understand upon reading or listening to but many of their poems have roots that go deep to the heart of the human experience. For instance, Nye’s poem “Making a Fist” describes a young girl riding in a car with her mother. Only seven, the daughter asks, “How do you know you are going to die?” The mystery of death is hinted at, not explained by the mother, “when you can no longer make a fist.”

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