Good poetry tells stories through images and appeals to our senses. Good poetry develops in unexpected ways and has something valuable to say. Stephen Dunn states that "poetry should offer us something we can believe about ourselves and the world, or it should offer us something that will provoke or suggest contemplation about ourselves and the world."
Here are 52 of my favorite poets (off the shelves of one of my bookcases), one poet for each week of the year. Simply click on the following links for a sample of engaging poetry: