Poetry has made somewhat of a comeback in recent years in the form of spoken poetry, at least here in the Philippines. And the younger generation have started to appreciate poetry in different forms because of it. From long winding verses to almost haiku-like stories, they have begun to look deeper into the art of putting words together, telling a story, and stringing them with a rhythm that only poets can do.
Here are some poets that I believe everyone who loves poetry should know.
Pablo Neruda - Il Postino (soundtrack)
Il Postino was a movie with a soundtrack that includes the romantic poet, Pablo Neruda's poetry, read by A-list stars like Madonna, Glenn Close, Ralph Fiennes, and Andy Garcia. Their sensual voices make Neruda's words come alive in a way you have never felt poetry before.
(from Tonight I Can Write, read by Andy Garcia)i
I no longer love her, that's certain, but maybe I love her.
Love is so short, forgetting is so long.
Because through nights like this one I held her in my arms
my soul is not satisfied that it has lost her.
Though this be the last pain that she makes me suffer
and these the last verses that I write for her.
Lang Leav - Sad Girls
Anyone who's into poetry would have already crossed paths with Lang Leav. She reaches millions of hearts with her short, but packed-with-a-punch way of telling really sad stories or heartwarming ones.
Michael Faudet - Smoke and Mirrors
His often sexy quips and quotable poetry is something you should definitely share with a lover. Some can be funny, while some can get you in the mood for love.
Juan Miguel Severo - Habang Wala Pa Sila
This young man is a champion in spoken poetry. His penchant for spewing out painful prose has a distinct charm for this generation-- a.k.a. The Millennials. With their clamor for everything 'hugot', spoken poetry will continue to rise.
Atticus Poetry - Love Her Wild
This Instagram poet knows how to make words stick like tattoos on people's minds (and arms).