A Coney Island of the Mind – Lawrence Ferlinghetti

I love these poems by Ferlinghetti because they paint such vivid images and feel wonderfully intense (I’m easily bored)

Ariel – Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath is the queen. Her use of language and her creative genius is unparalleled. She should be recognized and analyzed more–she isn’t a fashion trend.

Morning in the Burned House – Margaret Atwood

Atwood’s pieces are outspoken, powerful, and passionate. As a woman who enjoys bold poetry, reading her is liberating.

Grief is the Thing with Feathers – Max Porter

I had to read Max Porter’s “love song to the hybrid genre” twice before truly grasping it. It’s so good that I’m willing to excuse his obsession with Ted Hughes.

The Poetry of Emily Dickinson – Emily Dickinson

There are so many collections because she holds such a gargantuan body of work. Dickinson’s use of linguistics is awesome. She’s also autistic, like me, so I find her inspirational.

Alexandra Meehan is a writer residing in Tampa, Fl. She graduated from the University of South Florida with her BA in creative writing and is currently a freelance writer. She enjoys growing carnivorous plants, writing poetry, and watching old movies. As of late, her poems can be found in The Feminine Collective and Dark Marrow.

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  1. Shaun Jex says:

    Coney Island of the Mind was one of the first books of poetry I really fell in love with. One of my friends introduced me to it back in high school, when we were all obsessed with the beat writers, and I’ve loved it ever since.

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