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Posted by: Marie Chapple (
Date: June 02, 2005 11:29PM

I realize this site is primarily for students but I keep searching for a list of poetry readings that would be of use to the general public (and over 30). I want several - I would prefer not to have to struggle with old english verse but would mind an anthology of sorts and/or a very basic "structure" type of book.
I know I can read online but I am looking for books. I am often away from a computer. I plan on going to the library soon so no prob if you are unable to come up with anything.

Any suggestions?
Or is this too broad a request?

Re: Books
Posted by: lg (Moderator)
Date: June 03, 2005 03:27AM

Joe Torelli spoke of the American Poetry Project which just published a book. It might be just the book you're looking for.

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Re: Books
Posted by: Veronika (
Date: June 03, 2005 05:33AM

How about The Language of Life by Bill Moyers (interviews with poets and their poetry).


Re: Books
Posted by: Marie Chapple (
Date: June 03, 2005 07:01AM

Thanks so much - I have printed off your suggestions and will endeavor to get them. I am also going to try to find (I work at a local university) something that discusses for in the way of "form" - sorry don't know the correct term.

Though, I love reading the "random poem" each day - since it very quickly exposes me very easily to poems and poets I have never heard of or read - (which is most :-) - but it does leave me a bit overwhelmed - "where do I start?".

Re: Books
Posted by: Desi (Moderator)
Date: June 03, 2005 07:10AM

I really liked "an introduction to poetry" by Kennedy and Gioia. It's even better in combination with the penguin dictionary of literary terms.

And don't hesitate to post any questions you have on the forum.

Re: Books
Posted by: Veronika (
Date: June 03, 2005 07:59AM

Marie's query made me start composing a list of books on how to read/write poetry. This is what I've got so far:

Poetic meter and form (Fussel)
How does a poem mean (Williams, Ciardi)
How to read a poem and fall in love with poetry (Hirsch)
Proofs and theories (Glück)
In the palm of your hand (Kowit)
The language of life (Moyers)

I was hoping you might add a few. What books did you find interesting, inspiring?


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Re: Books
Posted by: tandy (
Date: June 03, 2005 10:06AM

An "oldie-but-goodie" is "Understanding Poetry" by Cleanth Brooks and Robert Penn Warren.

Re: Books
Posted by: Hugh Clary (
Date: June 03, 2005 10:19AM

Western Wind by John Frederick Nims. I have read it three times and gotten something new from it on each occasion. If not in your local library, many copies are to be found on internet used book sites, such as Abebooks.

Re: Books
Posted by: Pam Adams (
Date: June 03, 2005 12:46PM

Mary Oliver wrote a book called Rules of The Dance- about writing metered verse-it's very useful. There are also some 'Poem A Day' collections, edited by Billy Collins.

As to where to start- almost anywhere. I'd recommend browsing some library and bookstore collections, and see what sounds interesting. Also check the used bookstores for interesting stuff.

Have fun!


Re: Books
Posted by: Hugh Clary (
Date: June 03, 2005 02:00PM

Here is the Billy Collins PAD one:

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