Anyone have a favorite contemporary poet? And why... For me, I'd say Campbell McGrath, Kay Ryan, and um... Gary Snyder... McGrath just takes you to weird places with his prosy wandering poems, very descriptive... Ryan's just fucking clever. She's one of the few people who use rhyme at all anymore, and Gary Snyder's just the man... When you want to take a trip off into the wilderness, read some Snyder shit... it won't just take you there, but it'll give you a whole new mindset, all zen-like and shit. Galway Kinnel's really cool too, kinda on a McGrath tip.