I mostly read good (and bad) tumblr poetry, bc it's easy to access, but these are my standards when I need inspiration as of now.
  1. 1. Richard Siken
    Someone I admire showed me one of his poems and I have never been the same. His imagery, his pain, his honesty. This is how I want to write. He's the Chuck Palahniuk of poetry, except there's softness and I don't get bored.
  2. Litany in Which Certain Things Are Crossed Out
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    This is my favorite poem ever. I have probably read it a hundred times. This is an excerpt, but you should read the whole thing: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/177722
  3. Detail of the Fire
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  4. Seriously, go to his website and read the poems that are there, but if you really want him to fuck you up, you gotta read one of the books. He is a genius.
  5. 2. Clementine Von Radics
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    I found her on tumblr and bought her book Mouthful of Forevers which is BEAUTIFUL and I read it in like 20 minutes, and then many many times since.
  6. This is the one all over tumblr.
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  7. This one hurts.
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  8. Ouch.
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  9. I have like 6 more I took pictures of, but honestly you should look her up or buy one of her books bc she doesn't disappoint.
  10. 3. Trista Mateer
    I found her through Clementine/tumblr. I messaged her recently about writing a poem vaguely inspired by hers and she urged me to post it ☺️
  11. Damn
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  12. Damn again
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  13. Also this one
  14. I don't have any books of hers, but I'm sure they're stunning. You can find a lot of her poems on her tumblr.
  15. 4. Matthew Dickman
    Funny enough, I found him by googling "poets similar to Richard Siken" and he killed me. Punchy but pretty.
  16. Black Ice and Sky
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    Sorry about this screenshot. I tried. Read both of these poems: http://www.theparisamerican.com/matthew-dickman-poetry.html
  17. Minimum Wage
    I really like this one. Bonus! You can hear him read it, if you're into that sort of thing. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/10/12/minimum-wage
  18. Love
  19. Well 3/4 of these poets are queer, so I know where my priorities are.
  20. I hope you like them and if you have any poetry suggestions, I am always open to them!! 💕
  21. Maybe I'll post my own poetry on here some day, but it's not half as good as this stuff 🙈