National Poetry Month ~ Recommended Reading April 2011

Ars Poetica ~ Archibald MacLeish (1926)

A poem should be palpable and mute
As a globed fruit,

As old medallions to the thumb,

Silent as the sleeve-worn stone
Of casement ledges where the moss has grown—

A poem should be wordless
As the flight of birds.
A poem should be motionless in time
As the moon climbs,

Leaving, as the moon releases
Twig by twig the night-entangled trees,

Leaving, as the moon behind the winter leaves,
Memory by memory the mind—

A poem should be motionless in time
As the moon climbs.
A poem should be equal to:
Not true.

For all the history of grief
An empty doorway and a maple leaf.

For love
The leaning grasses and two lights above the sea—

A poem should not mean
But be.

April 2011 marks the 16th annual observance of National Poetry Month, inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 to “widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern. We hope to increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture while acknowledging and celebrating poetry’s ability to sustain itself in the many places where it is practiced and appreciated.”

Here’s a  sample of poetry and poetry-related books, ebooks and films from the Highline Library collection. A list of recommended Web sites is also included; poetry is flourishing on the Web. Book and Media titles are on display and ready for checkout in the Library Plaza, where the ebooks can also be accessed. (Ebooks are available off campus only to those with a MyHCC account or a Public Borrower’s card.)

So with critic Michael Schmidt’s advice in mind – that we should “read with our ears” – plunge into poetry this month at your Highline Library.


Jump start: a Northwest Renaissance anthology compiled by Northwest Renaissance poets (2009) 811.608 J94 2009

[“The Jump Start Your Writing series began with a conversation between Lonny Kaneko and Susan Landgraf.  Both teach at Highline Community College and are board members of The Northwest Renaissance, a non-profit literary and performing arts organization with a thirty-year history. They proposed a partnership with the college through the Center of Extended Learning to offer poetry workshops led by a different poet or artist each month.” – from the introduction]

Coming home from camp by Lonny Kaneko (1986) 811.54 K16c 1986

You make my silence sing! words for people who love by Lonny Kaneko (1989) 811.54 K16y 1989
The cartographer’s tongue: poems of the world by Susan Rich (2000) 811.54 R499c 2000

Cures include travel: poems by Susan Rich (2006) 811.54 R4991c 2006

The alchemist’s kitchen: poems by Susan Rich (2010) 811.54 R499a 2010

The art of poetry by Paul Valery; translated by Denise Folliot (1958) 808.1 V166a

Modern European poetry: French, German, Greek, Italian, Russian, Spanish edited by Willis Barnstone (1966) 808.81 B262m

Beloved community: the sisterhood of homeless women in poetry (2007) 808.81 B452 2007

Nelson Mandelamandla edited by Amelia Blossom House and Cosmo Pieterse (1989) 808.81 M271n

The space between our footsteps: poems and paintings from the Middle East edited by Naomi Shihab Nye [Young adult poetry] (1998) 808.8100835 S732 1998

The erotic spirit: an anthology of poems of sensuality, love, and longing edited by Sam Hamill (1999) 808.81935 E71 1999

Love poems selected by David Stanford Burr (2002) 808.91935 L897 2002

Less than one: selected essays by Joseph Brodsky [Nobel Laureate and former Poet Laureate of the United States] (1986) 809.1 B864L

The truth of poetry: tensions in modern poetry from Baudelaire to the 1960’s by Michael Hamburger (1970) 809.1 H199t

Complete poems, 1913-1962 by E. E. Cummings (1972) 811 C971c

E. E. Cummings: the poet as artist [Catalogue of the exhibition held at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden December 1976 – February 1977] (1977) 741.973 C971c

Day by day by Robert Lowell (1977) 811 L916d

For the Union dead by Robert Lowell (1964) 811 L916f

Notebook by Robert Lowell (1970) 811 L916n

Selected poems by Robert Lowell (1976) 811 L916s

The complete poems of Marianne Moore (1967) 811 M823c

The poems of Marianne Moore edited by Grace Schulman (2005) 811.52 M823p 2005

Personæ: the collected poems of Ezra Pound (1950) 811 P876p

The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens (1954) 811 St846c

The Artistic legacy of Walt Whitman [Criticism & interpretation by Gay Wilson Allen] (1970) 811 W231za

Preferences: 51 American poets choose poems from their own work and from the past edited by Richard Howard; photos of the poets by Thomas Victor (1974) 811.008 P923

Leaves of grass by Walt Whitman edited by Harold W. Blodgett and Sculley Bradley (1965) 811.3 W615L 1965

Collected poems by Conrad Aiken (1970) 811.52 A291c 1970

Conrad Aiken by Reuel Denney (1964) 811.52 A291zd 1964

Changes of heart: a study of the poetry of W. H. Auden by Gerald B. Nelson (1969) 811.52 A426zn 1969

The complete poems by Elizabeth Bishop (1969) 811.52 B622c 1969

Elizabeth Bishop: the biography of a poetry by Lorrie Goldensohn (1992) 811.52 B622zg 1992

Imaginations by William Carlos Williams (1970) 811.52 W728i 1970

Selected poems of William Carlos Williams (1969) 811.52 W728s 1969

In the American grain by William Carlos Williams (1956) 973.04 W28i

And still I rise by Maya Angelou (1978) 811.54 A584a 1978

The complete collected poems of Maya Angelou (1994) 811.54 A584c 1994

Empathy by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge (1989) 811.54 B535e 1989

Flights of the harvest-mare by Linda Bierds (1985) 811.54 B588f 1985

Selected poems by Gwendolyn Brooks (1963) 811.54 B873s 1963

The pleasures of the damned: poems, 1951-1993 by Charles Bukowski; edited by John Martin (2007) 811.54 B932p 2007

The fall of America: poems of these States, 1965-1971 by Allen Ginsberg (1972) 811.54 G493f 1972

Time and materials: poems, 1997-2005 by Robert Hass (2007) 811.54 H353t 2007

Rose: poems by Li-Young Lee (1986811.54 L478r 1986)

Ariel by Sylvia Plath (1966) 811.54 P716a 1966

The Collected poems of Sylvia Plath edited by Ted Hughes (2008) 811.54 P716c 2008

Winter trees by Sylvia Plath (1971) 811.54 P716w 1971

Selected poems by Derek Walcott (2008) 811.54 W156s 2008

At the drive-in volcano: poems by Aimee Nezhukumatathil (2007) 811.6 N575a 2007

Miracle fruit by Aimee Nezhukumatathil (2003) 811.6 N575m 2003

The poetical works of John Milton introductions by David Masson; biographical sketch by Nathan Haskell Dole812.4 M662ma 2001

Randall Jarrell, 1914-1965 [Criticism and interpretation] edited by Robert Lowell, Peter Taylor & Robert Penn Warren (1967) 818.5209 J37zr 1967

The collected poems of Dylan Thomas (1971) 821 T455c 1971

Poems of protest, old and new: a selection of poetry edited by Arnold Kenseth821.008 K36p

Collected poems, 1909-1962 by T. S. Eliot821.912 E42c 1963

Quite early one morning by Dylan Thomas (1968) 821.912 T455q 1968

Beowulf: a new verse translation by Seamus Heaney (2000) 829.3 H434b 2000 [Also, from the Films on Demand database: Seamus Heaney on the New Beowulf An interview with Nobel Laureate poet Heaney about his recent translation of the ancient epic (Access via the catalog link “Streaming video; click here to view“)

The fables of La Fontaine translated by Marianne Moore (1964) 841.4 L166f 1964

For Neruda, for Chile: an international anthology edited by Walter Lowenfels (1975) 861 N454zL

Memoirs: Pablo Neruda translated by Hardie St. Martin (2001) 861.009 N454m 2001

The sea and the bells by Pablo Neruda translated by William O’Daly [English & Spanish] (2002) 861.62 N454s 2002

Winter garden by Pablo Neruda translated by William O’Daly [English & Spanish] (2002) 861.62 N454w 2002

The essential Rumi translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne (1995) 891.551 J26e 1995

Rumi past and present, east and west: the life, teaching and poetry of Jalâl al-Din Rumi by Franklin D. Lewis (2000) 891.5511 L673r 2000


T0 access follow the catalog link An electronic book accessible through the World Wide Web; click to view”

So long as men can breathe: the untold story of Shakespeare’s Sonnets by Clinton Heylin (2009 Ebook 821.3)

The whole island: six decades of Cuban poetry, a bilingual anthology edited by Mark Weiss (2009 Ebook 861.608097291)

The cultural politics of slam poetry: race, identity, and the performance of popular verse in America by Susan B. A. Somers-Willett (2009 Ebook)

The scroll and the marble: studies in reading and reception in Hellenistic poetry by Peter Bing (2009 Ebook)

Listening to Homer: tradition, narrative, and audience by Ruth Scodel (2009 Ebook)

The humblest sparrow: the poetry of Venantius Fortunatus by Michael Roberts (2009 Ebook)

The Complete poems of John Keats 1795-1821 (1994 Modern Library edition Ebook)

Midnight coffee: poems by Edward M. George (2001 Ebook)

These I would keep: selected poems by the poet laureates of Alabama edited by Helen Blackshear (2000 Ebook 810.00809761)

I, the song: classical poetry of native North America edited by A. L. Soens (1999 Ebook)

Embracing the firebird: Yosano Akiko and the birth of the female voice in modern Japanese poetry by Janine Beichman (2002 Ebook 895.6144)

Pictures of the heart: the Hyakunin isshu in word and image by Joshua S. Mostow (1996 Ebook 895.61108)

Beowulf translated by Francis Gummere (2008 Ebook)

Augustine in Carthage and other poems by Alessandro Porco (2008 Ebook)

The earth in the attic by Fady Joudah (2008 Ebook)

The Aeneid by Vergil translated by Sarah Ruden (2008 Ebook)

Virgil on the nature of things: the Georgics, Lucretius, and the didactic tradition by Monica R. Gale. (2000 Ebook 871.01)

Twentieth-century poetry: from text to context edited by Peter Verdonk (1993 Ebook)

The poetics of Islamic legitimacy: myth, gender, and ceremony in the classical Arabic ode by Suzanne Pinckney Stetkevych. (2002 Ebook 892.7104309)

Theophanies: a book of verses by Evelyn Underhill (1995 Ebook)

Engendering Rome: women in Latin epic by A.M. Keith (2000 Ebook 873.0109352042)

The weather of words: poetic invention by Mark Strand. (2000 Ebook 809.1)

Extraordinary child: poems from a South Indian devotional genre compiled by Paula Richman (1997 Ebook 894.8111009382945432)

Tennyson’s mystical poems (1870) by Alfred Tennyson (1995 Ebook)

Another place: an ecocritical study of selected western American poets by Andrew Elkins (2002 Ebook)

Who’s who in twentieth century world poetry edited by Mark Willhardt and Alan Michael Parker (2000 Ebook)

Writing to learn: poetry and literacy across the primary curriculum by Fred Sedgwick (2000 Ebook)

Drift: poems by Mary Kinzie (2003 Ebook 811.54)

Romantic atheism: poetry and freethought, 1780-1830 by Martin Priestman (1999 Ebook 821.709382118)

The twentieth century in poetry: a critical survey by Peter Childs (1999 Ebook 821.9109)

Young adult poetry: a survey and theme guide by Rachel Schwedt and Janice DeLong (2002 Ebook 809.10071073)

Anna Akhmatova: her poetry by David N. Wells (1996 Ebook)

Intwasa poetry edited by Jane Morris (2008 Ebook)

Neck of the world: poems by F. Daniel Rzicznek (2007 Ebook)

Every inadequate name: poems by Nick Thran (2006 Ebook)

Gardening in the tropics by Olive Senior (2005 Ebook)

The politics of canonicity: lines of resistance in modernist Hebrew poetry by Michael Gluzman (2003 Ebook)

The development of the sonnet: an introduction by Michael R.G. Spiller (1992 Ebook)

Letters of Allen Ginsberg edited by Bill Morgan (2008 Ebook)

The first poets: lives of the ancient Greek poets by Michael Schmidt. (2005 Ebook)

Leaves of grass: the “Deathbed” edition by Walt Whitman (2000 Ebook 799.12)

The annotated Waste Land with Eliot’s contemporary prose by T.S. Eliot edited by Lawrence Rainey (Ebook 2006  821.912)

Mystical poems of Rūmī 2: second selection, poems 201-400 translated from the Persian by A.J. Arberry (1991 Ebook)


The Academy of American poets: Founded in 1934, the Academy of American Poets aims “to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry.” National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy in 1996: NPM FAQs

Library of Congress Poetry Links:

Poetry Web portal

About the Poetry and Literature Center

Archive of recorded poetry and literature

Poet at Work: Walt Whitman Notebooks 1850s-1860s

Poetry Web guide

Current Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin

Former Poet Laureate Kay Ryan

Poetry Foundation “The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.” This site is a great starting point for exploring poetry resources on the Web.

Modern American Poetry Hosted by the Department of English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and edited by Cary Nelson and Bartholomew Brinkman, “the Modern American Poetry Site is a comprehensive learning environment and scholarly forum for the study of modern and contemporary American poetry. Started as a multimedia companion to the Anthology of Modern American Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2000), MAPS has grown over the past decade to more than 30,000 pages of biographies, critical essays, syllabi and images relating to 161 poets.”

The Center for Geospatial Poetry Sense of Place: The Washington State Geospatial Poetry Anthology (is) edited by Katharine Whitcomb, Robert Hickey, and Marco Thompson. The project features, via Google Earth, poems by Washington poets ABOUT a particular location in the state. A visitor can call up a Google Earth map of Washington and see a map with pins indicating the locations of poems all over the state. Each pin can be zoomed in on and opened to a photograph and a full text, attributed poem with information about the poet. This is a very special map of Washington poetry. Approximately 70 notable poets from around the state have participated so far.”

Poetry Out Loud “Recitation and performance are exciting current trends in poetry. There has been a resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, as seen in the slam poetry movement and the immense popularity of hip-hop music. Poetry Out Loud builds on that momentum by inviting the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater into the English class. The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with state arts agencies of the United States to support Poetry Out Loud, which encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.”

American Verse Project “The American Verse Project is a collaborative project between the University of Michigan Humanities Text Initiative (HTI) and the University of Michigan Press. The project is assembling an electronic archive of volumes of American poetry prior to 1920. The full text of each volume…is being converted into digital form and coded in Standard Generalized Mark-up Language (SGML) using the TEI Guidelines, with various forms of access provided through the WWW.” Though the content of this site hasn’t been updated since 2001 it is still well worth the visit.

Electronic Poetry Review Edited by Katherine Swiggart and D. A. Powell, this journal serves as “a resource site for poetry and poets. Here you can learn about the history, meaning, and types of poetry, as well as terms often used when reading and studying poetry.”

Electronic Poetry Center: “The EPC was founded in 1995 and serves as a central gateway to resources in electronic poetry and poetics at the University at Buffalo, the University of Pennsylvania’s PennSound Center for Programs in contemporary Writing, UBU web, (see below), and on the Web at large. Our aim is to make available a wide range of resources centered on digital and contemporary formally innovative poetries, new media writing, and literary programming. The EPC has been favorably reviewed in The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Times Literary Supplement, among other publications, for its breadth of vision, number of resources, and focus on innovative media poetics in the digital age. It was also the sponsor of the first-ever digital poetry festival, E-Poetry 2001, held in Buffalo in April, 2001.” (

UbuWeb: Visual • Concrete • Sound Published by Kenneth Goldsmith and written by Jerome Rothenberg, Andrew Stafford and Brian Kim Stefans, UbuWeb is “a completely independent resource dedicated to all strains of the avant-garde, ethnopoetics, and outsider arts.” The site features an impressive collection of contemporary and historical poetry and poetry theory. Their philosophy: “Essentially a gift economy, poetry is the perfect space to practice utopian politics.”

Arras: New Media Poetry and Poetics Designed and edited by Brian Kim Stefans, Arras “is devoted to exploring how digital technology has impacted the field of experimental poetics. This includes the uses of digital technology to expand the techniques that poets use – whether this be in multimedia, interactivity, algorithmic processes, and digital typefaces – as well as how the web can serve as an alternative distribution source for texts both of poetry and criticism.”

Mudlark: An Electronic Journal of Poetry and Poetics William Slaughter has been editing and publishing this serial since 1995. Each issue usually focuses on a single author or theme. Mudlark is “never in and never out of print. (It) has been reviewed, in both print and electronic media, on only and all favorable terms. (The site) has been featured at AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) Conferences (and) is a member of CLMP (the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses) in New York.”

DanteWorlds Hosted by the University of Texas at Austin, DanteWorlds is “an integrated multimedia journey–combining artistic images, textual commentary, and audio recordings–through the three realms of the afterlife (Inferno, Purgatory, Paradise) presented in Dante’s Divine Comedy.”

Dartmouth Dante Project Hosted by Dartmouth College, DDP is a searchable full-text database containing more than seventy commentaries on Dante’s Divine Comedy – the Commedia.

The Folger Shakespeare Library “Located on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, (the Folger is) home to the world’s largest and finest collection of Shakespeare materials and to major collections of other rare Renaissance books, manuscripts, and works of art…The mission of the library is to preserve and enhance its collections; to render the collections, in appropriate formats, accessible to scholars; and to advance understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare’s writings and of the culture of early modern Europe more generally through various programs designed for all students and for the general public.”

Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet “This site attempts two things: to be an annotated guide to the scholarly Shakespeare resources available on the Internet, (and) to present unique Shakespeare material unavailable elsewhere on the Internet.”

Representative Poetry Online Edited by Ian Lancashire of the English Department at the University of Toronto, this award-winning site features a relational database of public domain works based on the print book Representative Poetry, established by Professor W. J. Alexander of University College, University of Toronto, in 1912 (one of the first books published by the University of Toronto Press), and used in the English Department at the University until the late 1960s. Highly recommended!

Romantic Circles Edited by Neil Fraistat and Steven E. Jones, “Romantic Circles is a refereed scholarly Website devoted to the study of Romantic-period literature and culture. It is published by the University of Maryland and supported, in part, by the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), and the English Departments of Loyola University of Chicago and the University of Maryland.”

William Blake Archive Edited by Morris Eaves, Robert Essick, and Joseph Viscomi, (this) hypermedia archive is sponsored by the Library of Congress and supported by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Rochester, and the Scholarly Editions and Translations Division of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It includes illuminated books, drawings, paintings, engravings, and more. The WBA was the winner of the 2003 Prize for a Distinguished Scholarly Edition from the Modern Language Association.

The Web Poetry Corner Paul Larsen, the founder of this site, “feels there should be a place on the Web, a quiet place, where he and others like him can express their thoughts in poetry.” Web Poetry Corner allows users to search by author’s name, date of submission, and author’s country. It also has a sub-forum for children, allows people to publish their poetry for free, and contains over 22,000 poems by more than 3,500 poets.

Magnetic Poetry Courtesy of Magnetic Poetry, Inc., the fridge genre has found new life on the Web. Choose from New York, Artist, Romance, Dog Lover, College, Manager, Sequel, Kids Kit, Minnesota, Cat Lover, and Rock & Roll sets.


Rumi: the wings of love (2002) 297.4092 R936 2002 DVD

Billy Collins: on the road with the poet laureate (2003) 811.54 B599 2003 DVD

Jorie Graham (2001) 809 L292 DVD

The beauty of haiku poetry (2004) 895.61008 B384 2004 DVD

Robert Hass (2001) 809 L292 VCR

Elizabeth Bishop: one art (1988) 811 B622 VCR

T.S. Eliot (1988) 811 E42 VCR

Langston Hughes: the dream keeper (1988) 811 L285 VCR

Robert Lowell: a mania for phrases (1988) 811 L916 VCR

Marianne Moore: in her own image (1988) 811 M823 VCR

Sylvia Plath (1988) 811 P716 VCR

Ezra Pound: American odyssey (1988) 811 P876 VCR

Walt Whitman (1988) 811 W615 VCR

WCW: William Carlos Williams (1988) 811.52 W728 1988 VCR

Allen Ginsberg (1989) 809 L292 VCR

Poetic license: an educational version (2000) 811.54 P745 2000 VCR


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3 responses to “National Poetry Month ~ Recommended Reading April 2011

  1. tim shocks

    I would like to know when there will be some poetry readings in seattle area i am interested in reading some of my work.

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