Poetry is like string theory: tiny strands of energy vibrating in a multitude of ways, like a grand symphony of words that satisfies the deep questions of life, even if on the surface we don't exactly understand its meaning.
For me, the winners are:
1. Robert Frost
2. Emily Dickinson
3. King David (His son Solomon wasn't so bad either)
As you've likely guessed, my taste in poetry runs parallel to my taste in writing. There are a lot of poets I read and appreciate; a lot of styles I love to get a taste of every so often. But when I really want to feed my soul and nourish my spirit, I reach for the realists.
I love poets who are in touch with humanity's weakness in light of God's strength - who tell it like it is, but do so in a way that ignites my passions and leaves me breathless. There are dozens, surely, who accomplish this task with excellence. But alas, I was limited to three, so I decided to choose based on the poets whose writing is a part of my personal collection, whose pages are dog-eared, tea-stained, and more often than not, tear-stained. Those are true favorites. True loves. True friends.
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