15 A-Listers Talk About Their Favorite Love Poetry


Today, we’re presenting our 15 favorite A-Listers and their favorite love poetry. Without further ado, let’s kick it off:

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  1. Diane Sawyer: Novels aren’t really for me, however, I love short and sharp literature that goes straight to the heart. It feels like poetry is the compressed experience of one or a couple of emotions.
  2. Bono: I always feel like words will fail me, so as a lucky charm I take a book written by Seamus Heaney along, and leave all my worries behind.
  3. Steven Spielberg: “For the Artist at the Start of Day” written by John O’Donohue grants me the chance to remember my passion and where it all starts.
  4. Wynton Marsalis: I would describe poetry as divine, specific, profane, playful, serious, all-encompassing and great for getting a girl’s number.
  5. Rosanne Cash: I am intrigued, unsettled and deeply moved by “An Arundel Tomb” by Philip Larkin. I have read it dozens of times, and every time it fills me with these kinds of emotions.
  6. General David H. Petraeus: “If” written by Rudyard Kipling always seems to take the qualities needed in a leader while in a difficult mission. In fact, those powerfully captured qualities can serve well anyone on any kind of task.
  7. Jessye Norman: The first time I heard poetry, it was recited by my mother. Her favorites were the works of Langston Hughes and Paul Laurence Dunbar.
  8. Sting: Ted Hughes’ “The Thought-Fox” is a poem that deals with the creative process itself. Sitting alone at his desk at night is the writer.
  9. Ashton Kutcher: I love the poem “What Are You Doing,” it was written by my father, Larry M. Kutcher. It shows the way that pain turns into peace.
  10. Dan Rather: My favorite poems come from the Bible. Not many people see this as poetry, but I really feel like it is.
  11. Isaac Mizrahi: I love the sonnets of Shakespeare. I have a special volume that I got when I was in my teens, every so often I pick it up and I always learn something new.
  12. Matt Dillon: I heard William Butler Yeasts’ “The Stolen Child” from a man asking for change. He had a very long list of poems he could recite only from his memory. I was astonished by the words said from this madman.
  13. Rita Wilson: “Ithaka” written by Constantin Cavafy, I feel that it’s all about the journey of life. We encounter “monsters” and we’re reminded that all of them will just pass, and all out thoughts are in our control.
  14. Terrell Owens: Poems allow us to express what we can’t say with our own words. Someone having a hard time to express how they feel about a certain situation or problem will be a lot more comfortable putting all those emotions into a poem.
  15. James Franco: My favorite two poems are, “October” by Louise Gluck, and “Cement Truck” by Tony Hoagland. I’m attracted to all genres and media that seek new ways of expression.