Following Surroundings I took some time to consider a list of contemporary poets I'd advise for new poetry readers and in doing so became very aware of how limited I am in my reading of living poets.
Anyway here's my list of 10 living poets, inevitably there is some overlap with others who also set out a list plus a strong Scottish presence:-
Carol Ann Duffy
Some list stats include unintentional male/female equality which is pretty good considering the dizzy heights of poetrydom is, as in most fields, dominated by men. Also my list consists of 4 Scots, 3 English, 1 Irish, 1 Canadian, 1 West Indian.