The top selling poets are Shakespeare, one, Lao-tzu, two, but who is number three?

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Hint: In the 60’s, his book sold five thousand copies a week. Ten points for first correct answer.

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not a top con & proud

I’d like to say Ginsberg, but I think he was out sold by Rod McKuen.
If you count the spoken word bits of cats, you might want to bring up Eliot.

solstice_baby

I’m going with Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel).

Orpheus New-Age Rainbow Warrior

Jalaluddin Rumi, and he is fast overtaking the other two… even now some say he is the most read poet of all time!
ME!
“ I died as a mineral and became a plant,
I died as plant and rose to animal,
I died as animal and I was Man.
Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?
Yet once more I shall die as Man, to soar
With angels bless’d; but even from angelhood
I must pass on: all except God doth perish.
When I have sacrificed my angel-soul,
I shall become what no mind e’er conceived.
Oh, let me not exist! for Non-existence
Proclaims in organ tones,
To Him we shall return.

از جمادی مُردم Ùˆ نامی شدم – وز نما مُردم بحیوان سرزدم
مُردم از حیوانی Ùˆ آدم شدم – پس Ú†Ù‡ ترسم Ú©ÛŒ ز مردن Ú©Ù… شدم
حملهء دیگر بمیرم از بشر – تا برآرم از ملایک بال Ùˆ پر
وز ملک هم بایدم جستن ز جو – Ú©Ù„ شییء هالک الاوجهه
بار دیگر از ملک پران شوم – آنچه اندر وهم ناید آن شوم
پس عدم گردم عدم Ú†Ùˆ ارغنون – گویدم کانا الیه راجعون
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumi
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maven

It’s Kahlil Gibran, author of The Prophet, a book once refered to as “The Bible of the Sixties”.

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