Staff Picks

Poetry Anthologies: Great Poems to Savor

Want to rediscover poets from your youth? Or find some contemporary poets that speak just to you? These anthologies let you explore modern poetry. You can choose by poet, subject, or time period. Enjoy these poems that make language new again.

Keith C.
A Book of Women Poets from Antiquity to Now     A Book of Women Poets from Antiquity to Now    
Aliki Barnstone and Willis Barnstone
    808.81 Bo

 "Someone I tell you will remember us," Greek  poet Sappho once said.  This collection  is replete with work by women poets from many countries and many time periods  writing of love, loss, family, travel, home, work, and adventures.  A wonderful collection to be enjoyed often.

A Reasonable Affliction: 1001 Love Poems to Read to Each Other     A Reasonable Affliction: 1001 Love Poems to Read to Each Other    
Sally Berk and James Wakeman - editors
    909.81

Another collection to be spoken out loud, but  this time to be shared with someone special. Sections include: Advice to the  Lovelorn, Agony and Ecstasy, The Pain of Love, Love Letters, and Fidelity and Infidelity.  Find some favorites that can express your feelings for a dear one.

Essential Pleasures     Essential Pleasures    
Robert Pinsky - Editor
    808.81 Ess

This anthology focuses on poems that are best  read aloud. Divided into ballads, odes, long poems, parodies and story poems,  it ranges from the ancients to late 20th century poets. Included are  poems by Sappho, Akmatova, Longfellow, St. Vincent Millay, Yeats, and Lewis  Carroll.

Harper's Anthology of 20th Century Native American Poetry     Harper's Anthology of 20th Century Native American Poetry    
Dwayne Niatum - Editor
    811.008 Ha

The definitive anthology of modern Native American  poetry. Includes work by N. Scott Momaday, Joy Harjo, James Welch, Louise  Erdrich, Ray Young Bear and Paula Gunn Allen. The poems inspire and inform,  allowing us to learn about the history, myths, music, and spiritualism of our first  people and share in their deep connection to this land.

Poetry 180: a Turning Back to Poetry     Poetry 180: a Turning Back to Poetry    
Billy Collins
    811.008 Po

The premise of this book is that contemporary  poetry should be accessible & understandable--poems that people "get" on the  first reading yet still engender thought and provide sustenance. A small  anthology that celebrates both the everyday and the extraordinary.

Poets of the New Century     Poets of the New Century    
Weingarten and Higgerson - Editors
    811.008 Po

A snapshot of American poetry at the dawn of  the new millennium that covers a range of talented poets including Alison  Deming, Deborah Digges, Timothy Li, Susan Mitchell, Chase Twichell, and Gary  Soto

The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing     The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing    
Kevin Young

This excellent anthology includes poems on such  topics as: For a Funeral Service,  Mothers, Fathers, Spouses and Lovers, and Siblings.  It will provide  solace for the bereaved and also serve as a great resource for memorial  services. All poetry lovers will find much to ponder here.

The Best Loved Poems of the American People     The Best Loved Poems of the American People    
hazel Felleman - Editor

A classic collection of primarily English and  American poetry that includes all the greats: Shakespeare, Shelley, Yeats,  Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Poe.  Enjoy  these poems our parents and grandparents learned in school, and that still form  the bedrock of our culture.

The Essential Haiku: Version of Basho, Buson & Issa     The Essential Haiku: Version of Basho, Buson & Issa    
Robert Hass - Editor
    895.6 ES

How can one describe the world in seventeen syllables? These three masters of the traditional Japanese art succeed incredibly, giving us beauty, pathos, love, longing, along with a word that anchors the season--all in three short lines. A book of small poems for those who want to celebrate the moment.

The Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry     The Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry    
Arnold Rampersad
    811.008 Ox

This book contains work from over two centuries  of poets celebrating, describing, and sharing the African-American experience. It   includes meditations on Africa, slavery,  spiritualism, love, music, and family,  and features work from such greats as Paul Laurence Dunbar, Countee Cullen,  Langston Hughes, and Gwendolyn Brooks among others.