In my intro to poetry class I asked the students to submit a single contemporary poem that they both like and think demonstrates some important ideas about poetry. We're treating it as a set of poems for an anthology and I'm asking them to arrange it in such a way that it demonstrates their editorial decision making. I think it makes an fun little batch with a nice variety of aesthetic and thematic interests. Here are the poems so you can read along at home:
Adrienne Rich "An Atlas of the Difficult World - XIII (Dedications)"
Edward Smallfield "(american lit 4)"
Anne Sexton "Her Kind"
Samuel Hazo "Seesaws"
James Tate "The New Ergonomics"
Jake Adam York "Elegy for James Knox"
Beth Ann Fennelly "I Need To Be More French. Or Japanese."
Lynne Knight "Veiled Illusions"
Adrienne Rich "In a Classroom"
Blueprint "Final Frontier"
Matt Hart "Rhinoceros"
Allison Titus "Mix Tape for Valentine, Nebraska"
Mark Strand "The Remains"
Rex Wilder "Sounding Aboard the Rafaella"
Miguel de Unamuno (Trans. Robert Bly) "The Snowfall is so Silent"