Some readers complain that much published poetry, though well crafted, is similar to too many others that they have read. The poems have no individual voice. The promising early work of poets, as has been noted, will have a distinctive voice, such as the poems of Robert Lowell, Theodore Rhoethke, and Phillip Larkin. A poet's voice should be unique, so an unfamiliar poem can be recognizable, will have the sound of that poet's voice in known poems.
Neva Herrington is a poet and former educator. She is currently working on a new book of poetry, a collection of short stories, and her memoir. Her inspiration comes from her own experience and the work of other poets.