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What's in your poetry library?

One of the semifinalist prizes for the Poetry Out Loud National Finals competition is money for the student's school to buy books of poetry for its library. With so many choices out there, we thought we'd ask our Facebook fans and our Twitter followers for their recommendations. What would you add to the list? Let us know by sending a tweet to @NEAarts with #POL14books!

Jack Gilbert Collected Poems or any Jack Gilbert. Maybe some more Jack Gilbert, too. Did I say Jack Gilbert?-- @Unlambic

For me, a must-have contemporary poetry book is The Forgiveness Parade by Jeff McDaniel. Incredible imagery on wild & twisted themes. -- @ninaksimon

Death Defying Acts by @eekshecried [Erin Keane], Moy Sand & Gravel by Paul Muldoon. Two books I keep going back to. -- @dloehr

The Best Loved Poems of the American People. It is such a great collection and means so much to me. -- Kristin T.

How the Light Gets In by Pat Schneider because insight and compassion enhance our ability to understand and appreciate. -- Hannah F. S.

Shel Silverstein's Where the Sidewalk Ends. All at once funny, sad, weird, and beautifully written, it's filed with elegantly crafted poems that just happen to be for children. Silverstein's book is the perfect antidote to "Serious Poetry." -- @Phoenix M.

Approaching Sabbath by Jennifer Rahim. -- Carmen M. T.

The Beloved by Kahlil Gibran, Revolutionary Petunias by Alice Walker. Anything by Maya Angelou and a collection of Shakespeare's sonnets. --Nissa R.C.

Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes. Stunning and poignant. -- Natalie H.

For startes, Leaves of Grass, complete works of Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg, Rita Dove, Emily Dickinson, Amy Lowell, Marianne Moore, Mark Satrand, Elizabeth Bishop. -- Staten Isalnd OutLOUD

Lunch Poems by Frank O'Hara. -- Peggy S.A.

Ciaran Carson's Belfast Confetti. --  Jonathan H.

Sing to the Sun: Poems and Pictures by Ashley Bryan. --@Hannahsstudio

Crush by Richard Siken --@ceschauer

Mary Oliver's Dog Songs. Just wonderful. Read it over and over. -- @potterypup

Allen Ginsberg's Howl and other Poems. This book opened the doors to the 60s. Even if it was written in the mid fifties. It shows glimpses of what new possibilities were coming. References of drugs, homosexuality, and nonconformity. This was ages ahead of the times. The fact that it went on trial for obscenity is wonderful. It shows how powerful the writtenw ord is. It opened doors for what would become Rock N Roll and Hip Hop. As far as what an Artist would be able to get away with. America was about Father Knows Best and Doris Day. Howl falls under Rebel Without a Cause and Charlie Parker. -- Ronnie H.

Must-have from the past: Other Men's Flowers. Get the basics: Tennyson, Whitman, Frost, Browning. An anthology of 17th- and 18th-century works. Add a little e.e. cummings and round it out with some Eugene Fields. Then we can start talking about modern poets. -- Lisa H.

Hafiz's The Gift. -- Donna D. B.

Pablo Neruda -- Bobbi H.

Shel Silverstein. What a great way to introduce children to the joy and funny-ness potential of poetry. A particular favorite is "Where the Sidewalk Ends." It will bring a smile to the most dour adult. -- Christine S.

Neruda's Twenty Love Poems. -- Chris C. 

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. Julie E. G.

William Carlos Williams. --Susan M. T.

Shel Silverstein for fun, Mary Oliver for reflection in nature, Elsa Colligan pairs peoms and haiku, Kahlil Gilbran, Shakespeare. -- Art Schools Network

We like Stray Birds by Tagore. Its accessible imagery serves to ground us and urges us towards balance, patience and kindness. -- Envirotech Construction

Modern Poetry: American and English edited by Kimon Friar and J.M. Brinnin. Very diverse and interesting assortment of poets. Includes parts of Joyce's Finnegan's Wake and Djuna Barnes' Nightwood. How did they included? Language masters perhaps. Great notes about poets at the end and of course the wonderfully interesting essay "Myth and Metaphysics: An Introduction to Modern Poetry" by Kimon Friar at the back. But if left on a desert island with one book of verse I would definitely choose the Psalms for the Old Testament. -- Paul S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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