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This guide will help you find poems by subject and conduct background research for your own poetry.
"Every weekday, U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith delivers a different way to see the world – through poetry." A great selection of poems and a model of how to talk about poems, both their structure and meaning.
Example: "Black cricket in the doorway, on the ceiling, in"
"Shares the stories behind the poems and features interviews with contemporary poets." Not currently recording, but past episodes are hilarious and interesting conversations about poetry. Decidedly non-stuffy.
Example: "Featuring Nicole Shante"
The collection contains over 100,000 poems representing the full range of American poetry of the last century, from major Modernist works to contemporary works. Major movements of the century are represented, including the Black Mountain School of Charles Olson and Robert Duncan, the Deep Image poetry of Robert Bly and James Wright, underground literature by the Beat poets, The New York School of John Ashbery, Clark Coolidge and Denise Levertov, the influential feminist works of Adrienne Rich and the works of the confessional poets. This collection is significantly augmented by the further inclusion of ethnic poetic voices from the Chicano, Asian-American and Native-American communities.