Pablo Neruda is a breathtaking 20th century poet. There's an excellent and concise collection of his work called The Essential Neruda. If you're interested in something very contemporary, I recommend Quiver by Susan Somers-Willett, from 2009. It's a collection of her poetry about science, with a focus on physics and the personal lives of famous scientists. Her poems about Einstein and Marie Curie are so tender and personal, they're amazing.
11/16/10 at 7:50am