Allison, Alexander W., et al,
The Norton Anthology of Poetry.
New York: Norton, 1983. The works of great poets from Geoffrey Chaucer to Leslie Marmon Silko. Includes a good selection of modern poets.
When the Teacher Says Write a Poem.
New York: Harper and Row, 1965. A Poetry how-to for junior high school students.
The Poetry Writing Handbook.
New York: Scholastic, 1981. Ideas for reading and writing poetry.
Cruz, Victor Hernandez.
By Lingual Wholes.
San Francisco: Momo’s Press, 1982. Includes some examples of Gruz’s “minimalist” poetry.
deRegnier, Beatrice Schenk, et al, eds.
Sing A Song of Popcorn.
New York: Scholastic, 1988. A children’s anthology centered around themes of holidays and weather. Beautifully illustrated.
DiYanni, Robert, ed.
. New York: Random House, 1989. A poetry textbook for reading and understanding poetry for upper middle and high school students.
Elledge, Scott, ed.
Wider Than the Sky.
New York: Harper and Row, 1990. A collection of poetry to grow up with. Covers a wide range of old and new poetry.
Ellmann. Richard and O’Clair, Robert, eds.
The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, 2nd Edition.
New York: W. W. Norton, 1988. Includes modern poets from Walt Whitman to Cathy Song.
Los Angeles: Center for Afro-American Studies, 1981.
Honey, I love and other love poems.
New York: Harper Trophy, 1986. For children, poems about family and friends.
Hall, Donald, ed.
The Oxford Book of Children’s Verse in America.
New York: Oxford University Press, 1985. A chronological selection of great poetry. Donald Hall, the editor, is a poet and author of children’s books.
Harmon, William, ed.
The Concise Book of Poetry
. New York: Columbia University Press, 1990. The 100 most widely anthologized poems. Includes biographical information about the poets.
It Scares Me But I Like It
. Don Mills, Ontario: Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 1979. For teachers, writing poetry with middle school students.
Hopkins, Lee Bennett.
Pass the Poetry Please.
New York:. Citation Press, 1972. Poetry activities for elementary teachers with an annotated bibliography.
Johnson, David M.
Urbana: National Council of Teachers of English, 1990. Ideas for teaching poetry to high school students around themes of everyday life.
Kennedy, X.J. and Kennedy, Dorothy M.
Knock At A Star.
Boston: Little, Brown, 1982. An introduction to poetry for younger students but useful for older students. Includes a selection of shape poems.
Rose, Where Did You Get That Red?
New York: Vintage Books, 1990. Essays and ideas on how to teach great poetry.
Wishes, Lies and Dreams.
New York: Harper and Row, 1970. Ideas for teaching elementary students to write poetry. Can also be used by middle school teachers.
Koch, Kenneth and Farrell, Kate.
Sleeping on the Wing
. New York: Vintage Books, 1982. Essays on the poetry of great modern poets.
Talking to the Sun.
New York: Henry Holt, 1985. A wide ranging anthology coupled with pictures of works of art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Larrick, Nancy ed.
Crazy to Be Alive in Such a Strange World.
New York: M. Evans. 1977. Poems and photos about people.
Room for the Mountain Lion and Me.
New York: M. Evans, 1974. Poems about nature and living in harmony with our environment.
Lauter, Paul, et al eds.
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Vol 2.
Lexington: D.C. Heath, 1990. American writers and poets from 1945 to the present.
Lipson, Greta Barclay.
Fast Ideas for Busy Teachers.
Carthage: Good Apple, 1989. Contains many ideas for classroom poetry writing activities.
Livingston, Myra Cohn.
Poem-Making: Ways to Begin Writing Poetry
. New York: Harper Collins, 1991. A poetry writing “how-to” for middle grade students. A useful handbook for teachers, too.
A Sky Full of Poems.
New York: Dell, 1964. A book of poems by this award winning American poet. A useful reference for examples of different poetic techniques.
Momaday, N. Scott.
Angle of Geese and Other Poems.
Boston: David R. Godine, 1974.
Peck, Richard, ed.
Sounds and Silences.
New York: Dell, 1970. A Good anthology for upper middle school and high school students with poetry that centers around different themes such as family, communication, love and war.
Banning: Malki Museum Press, 1980.
I’ve Been A Woman.
Chicago: Third World Press, 1985.
Slier, Deborah, ed.
Make A Joyful Sound.
New York: Checkerboard Press, 1991. A beautifully illustrated anthology of poetry for children by African-American poets.
Sneve, Virginia Driving Hawk.
New York: Holiday House, 1989. Ancient and modern Indian poetry with wonderful illustrations.
Carthage: Good Apple, 1989. Poetry writing activities for the intermediate grades.
Zaversky, Bill. “Poetry in High School”.
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