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This is a list of 50 contemporary poets from countries all around the world. Some of the names are more famous than others but all have had a significant impact on modern poetry either through their longevity as celebrated poets, through awards they have won, published works, or literary activism. With the exception of the very first entry the list is in alphabetical order.

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Maya Angelou American. Highly esteemed poet and author who recited at the inauguration for one American president, Bill Clinton, and received the Presidential Medal of Honor from another, Barack Obama.

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Aberjhani Author of 4 books of poetry and some of the most popular quotes on the Internet. 

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Ali Ahmad Said is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 50 Amazing Contemporary International Poets
Ali Ahmad Said Syrian poet working in traditional Arabic tradition with bold elements of surrealism.

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Elizabeth Alexander American. Presidential inauguration poet.

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John Ashbery American.

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Margaret Atwood Canada.

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Amiri Baraka American.

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Richard Blanco Any poet who reads at a presidential inauguration becomes an instant literary superstar and that's what Richard Blanco did during Barack Obama's second inauguration. He added to his status by being the first openly gay, Latino, ...

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Robert Bly American.

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Michael Rothenberg Founder of the 100 Thousand Poets for Change Movement.  

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Yves Bonnefoy France.

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Frank Chipasula Malawi.

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Billy Collins American.

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Carol Ann Duffy Scotland

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Jacques Dupin France.

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Nikky Finney Winner of the 2011 National American Book Award for her book of poetry HEAD OFF AND SPLIT.

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Nikki Giovanni American.

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Ray González Mexican-American.

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Marilyn Hacker American.

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Kamiko Hahn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 50 Amazing Contemporary International Poets
Kamiko Hahn American.

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Donald Hall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 50 Amazing Contemporary International Poets
Donald Hall American.

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Suheir Hammad is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 50 Amazing Contemporary International Poets
Suheir Hammad Palestinian-American.

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Terrance Hayes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 50 Amazing Contemporary International Poets
Terrance Hayes American.

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Seamus Heaney is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 50 Amazing Contemporary International Poets
Seamus Heaney Ireland.

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Louise Herlin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 50 Amazing Contemporary International Poets
Louise Herlin France.

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Victor Hernandez Cruz Puerto Rico

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Philippe Jaccottet is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 50 Amazing Contemporary International Poets
Philippe Jaccottet Switzerland

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Ja A. Jahannes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 50 Amazing Contemporary International Poets
Ja A. Jahannes American

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Erica Jong American.

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Jackie Kay is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 50 Amazing Contemporary International Poets
Jackie Kay Sottish-Nigerian.

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Yusef Komunyakaa is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 50 Amazing Contemporary International Poets
Yusef Komunyakaa American.

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Li-Young Lee Asian-American.

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Lebogang Mashile South Africa.

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Mutabaruka is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 50 Amazing Contemporary International Poets
Mutabaruka Jamaica.

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Naomi Shihab Nye is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 50 Amazing Contemporary International Poets
Naomi Shihab Nye Palestinian-American.

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Mary Oliver American.

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Wanda Phipps is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 50 Amazing Contemporary International Poets
Wanda Phipps American.

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Ishmael Reed American.

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Adrienne Rich American.

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Louis Reyes Rivera Latino.

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Barolong Seboni Botswana

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Ntozake Shange American

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Charles Simic is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list 50 Amazing Contemporary International Poets
Charles Simic Serbian-American

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Gary Soto Mexican-American.

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Mark Strand American.

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Tomas Tranströmer Swedish. Transtromer just won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature. This list wouldn't really be serious or complete without him.

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Derek Walcott is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list 50 Amazing Contemporary International Poets
Derek Walcott West Indies.