Poets through the ages inspire and delight readers, writers

With this feature, we seek to capture a glimpse of what you and your neighbors have to say about a variety of topics, issues, events – and just plain fun questions. 

You might see us anywhere around town, with notepad and camera, randomly seeking out folks who are willing to participate. If we find you, we hope you will want to respond.

At the April 19 launch of the Poetry Trail on Hilton Head Island, held at Roller’s Wine & Spirits, which is Stop No. 4 on the trail, we asked: “Who is your favorite or most inspirational poet, living or dead?”

Elizabeth Robin, Hilton Head Island: “Gwendolyn Brooks, a Chicago poet popular in the ’50s through the ’70s. She is brilliant with words, her rhythm and story.”

Eric Johnson, Bluffton: “Right now, Gil Scott-Heron – he was more of a musician, but also a poet.”

Diane Valerie, Bluffton: “Ogden Nash. My mother used to quote him to me when I was young.”












Phil Lindsey, Bluffton: “Billy Collins. He was a poet laureate of the United States, and he has a podcast that’s incredible to listen to.”

Linda Littman, Eatontown, N.J.: “William Carlos Williams. His ‘In Chains’ represents my own philosophy. It makes so much sense to me.”