Here are a few more contenders for my Nearing Forty challenge. A fair few short poems amongst them as I'm trying to be kind to myself. I did think about adding 'The Loch Ness Monster's Song' but I figured that might be a bit too tricky so I've gone for Edwin Morgan's beautiful 'Strawberries' instead.
There are some poems that haven't made it on to the list as I can't find copies online (Jacob Polley 'The Tree' and Andrew Waterhouse 'Not an Ending'). I'm going to try and find a few more before my birthday and then begin the task of selecting the final forty.
I should probably add a couple of out and out performance pieces too... a quick trawl through the Apples and Snakes list of poets might be good place to start.
How to Cut a Pomegranate by Imtiaz Dharkar
For a Five-Year-Old by Fleur Adcock
Jarrow by Carol Rumens
Judith by Vicki Feaver
In My Country by Jackie Kay
You’re by Sylvia Plath
He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven by WB Yeats
Fear by Charles Simic
Darling by Jackie Kay
Strawberries by Edwin Morgan
A Note by Wislawa Symborska
Harlem by Langston Hughes
Memory by Ruth Stone
Although the Wind by Izumi Shikibu
Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Poem by Simon Armitage
Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred OwenThe Dug-out by Siegfried Sassoon