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Reading & Appreciating poetry

Graves, Donald H. Explore Poetry. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann; Toronto, Canada: Irwin, 1992.
Main Stacks LB1576 .G7275 1992

Stevenson, Burton Egbert. Famous Single Poems and the Controversies Which Have Raged Around Them. Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries Press, 1971.
Main Stacks PS303 .S75 1971

Miller, Jacqueline T. Poetic License: Authority and Authorship in Medieval and Renaissance Contexts. New York; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986. 
Main Stacks PR535.A88 M55 1986

Writing Poetry

Romano, Tom. Writing with Passion: Life Stories, Multiple Genres. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook, 1995.
Main Stacks PE1404 .R64 1995

Wallace, Robert, and Michelle Boisseu. Writing Poems. New York: HarperCollins, 1996.
Main Stacks PN1059.A9 W34 1996

Wormser, Baron, and David Capella. Teaching the Art of Poetry: The Moves.Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc., 2000. Electronic Book

Poets Speak About Their Craft

Bartlett, Lee, ed. Talking Poetry: Conversations in the Workshop with Contemporary Poets. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1987.
Main Stacks PS325 .T3 1987

Heaney, Seamus. Crediting Poetry: The Nobel Lecture. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1996.
Main Stacks PR6058.E2 C74 1996

Janeczko, Paul B. The Place My Words Are Looking For: What Poets Say About and Through Their Work. New York: Bradbury Press, 1990.
Juvenile Area PS586.3 .P5 1990

Kirby, David. Diving for Poems. Staten Island: Word Beat Press, 1985. 
Main Stacks PN1042 .K47

Plimpton, George, ed. Poets at Work: The Paris Review Interviews. New York: Viking, 1989.
Main Stacks PS323.5 .P65 1989

Finding More

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Poets on Video

Furious flower: Conversations with African American poets. San Francisco: California Newsreel, 1998. (4 video cassettes). This video anthology of African American poetry from the last half of the 20th century offers intimate portraits of leading poets reading and discussing their own works.
Periodicals/Video Window  PS591.N4 F87 1998

Poets laureate: The American voice in poetry.
Washington, DC: White House Millennium Council, 1998.
Three U.S. Poets laureate (Robert Pinsky, Robert Hass, and Rita Dove) recite excerpts of famous poems and speak about the evolution of poetry through the century.  President and Mrs. Clinton, as well as audience members, read their favorite poems and participate in the discussion.
Periodicals/Video Window  PS 323.5 .P68 1998

The language of life: a festival of poets. Newbridge Communications, 1995. (8 video cassettes).
A video series hosted by Bill Moyers and featuring Claribel Alegria, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Coleman Barks, Robert Bly, Marilyn Chin, Lucille Clifton, Victor Hernandez Cruz, Carolyn Forche, Michael S. Harper, Robert Hass, Linda McCarriston, Sandra McPherson, DavidMura, Naomi Shihab Nye, Adrienne Rich, Gary Snyder, Sekou Sundiata, and Daisy Zamora.
Periodicals/Video Window  PS 591.M54 .L36 1995

The power of the word. Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1994. (6 videocassettes).  
A six-part television series celebrating contemporary poets and their poetry. Poets include: Sharon Olds, William Stafford, Octavio Paz, Galway Kinnell, James Autry, Quincy Troupe, Garrett Kaoru Hongo, Mary TallMountain, Joy Harjo, Li-Young Lee, Gerald Stern, Stanley Kunitz, W.S. Merwin, Robert Bly and others. Hosted by Bill Moyers.
Periodicals/Video Window  PN 1031.M6 1994

Inspiring Young Poets (K-12)

Collum, Jack. Moving Windows: Evaluating the Poetry Children Write. New York: Teachers and Writers Collaborative, 1985. 
Main Stacks PN 1101.C66 1985

Denman, Gregory. When You’ve Made It Your Own--: Teaching Poetry to Young People. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1988. 
Main Stacks LB1576 .D38 1988

Heard, Georgia. For the Good of the Earth and Sun:Teaching Poetry. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1989.
Main Stacks PN1101 .H4 1989 (2 copies)

Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Pass the Poetry Please: Using Poetry in Pre-Kindergarten–Six Classrooms. New York: Citation Press, 1972. 
Main Stacks LB1575 .H66

Sloan, Glenna Davis. Give them Poetry! A Guide for Sharing Poetry with Children K-8. New York: Teachers College Press, 2003. 
Main Stacks LB1575 .S54 2003

Smith, Richard. Using Poetry to Teach Reading and Language Arts: A Handbook for Elementary School Teachers. New York: Teachers College Press, 1985.
Main Stacks LB1576 .S628 1985

Tiedt, Iris M. Tiger Lilies, Toadstools, and Thunderbolts: Engaging K-8 Students with Poetry. Newark, DE: International Reading Association, 2002. 
Curriculum Materials Center  LB1575 .T54 2002

Wilson, Lorraine. Write Me a Poem: Reading, Writing, and Performing Poetry. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1994. 
Main Stacks LB1576 .W4888 1994

Wormser, Baron, and David Capella. Teaching the Art of Poetry: The Moves. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc., 2000. 
Electronic Book

MAGAZINES featuring creative writing for kids


Highlights for Children

Stone Soup

Current (and past) issues are located in the Curriculum Materials Center (CMC) and may be checked out.

The CMC also has other cool teaching materials. 



Last updated April 10, 2005.
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