Jay Parini, D. E. Axinn Professor of English and Creative Writing at Middlebury College, shares his list of 10 best American poems. He argues: “Every list is subjective, and of course the use of ‘greatest’ even more so - but these are not just ‘favorite’ poems. […] [T]hese are the 10 poems that, in my own reading life, have seemed the most durable; poems that shifted the course of poetry in the United States, as well as poems that I look forward to teaching every year because they represent something indelible.”
Any obvious omissions? Submissions worth advocating for, perhaps in the form of a sestina or sonnet?