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Poetry Therapy
Poems on a Theme
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Essays on Poetry
Writing Exercises
Poetic Craft
Poetry Anthologies
Mark Strand and Charles Simic, Editors
Another Republic: 17 European and South American Writers

Roger Weingarten and Richard Higgerson, Editors
Poets of the New Century

Mark Strand, Editor
100 Great Poems of the Twentieth Century

Dana Gioia, Editor
Twentieth-Century American Poetry
see introductions

Dana Gioia, Editor
Twentieth-Century American Poetics: Poets on the Art of Poetry

Michael Collier, Editor
The New American Poets: A Bread Loaf Anthology

Michael Dumanis and Cate Marvin, Editors
Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century

Edward Hirsch
Poet's Choice

Nicky Finney, Editor
The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (Cave Canem Anthology)

Kirby Gann and Kristin Herbert, Editors
A Fine Excess : Contemporary Literature at Play

Kurt Brown and Harold Schechter, Editors
Conversation Pieces: Poems That Talk to Other Poems

Agha Shahid Ali, Editor
Ravishing DisUnities: Real Ghazals in English

Paschen and Mosby, Editors
Poetry Speaks: Hear Great Poets Read Their Work from Tennyson to Plath
   (Book and 3 Audio CDs)

W.H. Auden, Editor

Nina Kossman, Editor
Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths

Susan Aizenberg, Erin Belieu, and Jeremy Countryman, Editors
The Extraordinary Tide: New Poetry by American Women

Stanley Burnshaw, Editor
The Poem itself

Charles Harper Webb, Editor
Stand Up Poetry: An Expanded Anthology

Carolyn Forché, Editor
Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness

Ethelbert Miller, Editor
In Search of Color Everywhere: A Collection of African-American Poetry

Lori Carlson
Cool Salsa: Growing Up Latino in the U.S.
good book on the Latino experience for young adults

Ray Gonzalez, Editor
Touching the Fire: Fifteen Poets of Today's Latino Renaissance
also see Indiana Review volume 28, number 1, 2006

David Curzon, Editor
Modern Poems on the Bible: An Anthology
treatments of the Old Testament

Tony Barnstone and Chou Ping, Editors
The Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry: the Full 3000-Year Tradition

Poetry and Art (Ekphrasis)
Dannie Abse and Joan Abse, Editors
Voices in the Gallery

Grant Holcomb, Editor
Voices in the Gallery: Writers on Art

Emilie Buchwald and Ruth Roston, Editors
Poet Dreaming in the Artist's House: Contemporary Poems About the Visual Arts

Edward Hirsch, Editor
Transforming Vision: Writers on Art

Gail Levin
The Poetry of Solitude: A Tribute To Edward Hopper

Susan Danly, Martha A. Sandweiss, Karen Sanchez-Eppler, Polly Longsworth, Christopher Benfey, and David Porter, Editors
Language As Object: Emily Dickinson and Contemporary Art

Charles Simic
Dime-Store Alchemy: The Art of Joseph Cornell
a poet’s meditations on Joseph Cornell and his art

Spiritual, Mystical
Stephen Mitchell, Editor
The Enlightened Heart: An Anthology of Sacred Poetry

Aliki Barnstone, Editor
Voices of Light: Spiritual and Visionary Poems by Women around the World from Ancient Sumeria to Now

Mark Jarman, Editor
Rebel Angels: 25 Poets of the New Formalism

Philip Dacey and David Jauss
Strong Measures: Contemporary American Poetry In Traditional Forms

Annie Finch, Editor
A Formal Feeling Comes: Poems in Form by Contemporary Women

Annie Finch and Kathrine Varnes, Editors
An Exaltation of Forms: Contemporary Poets Celebrate the Diversity of Their Art

James Cummins
The Whole Truth
book-length poem/novel made of sestinas based on Perry Mason characters

David Lehman and James Cummins
Jim and Dave Defeat the Masked Man
collaborative sestinas

Stuart Friebert and David Young, Editors
Models of the Universe : An Anthology of the Prose Poem

Howard Schwartz, Editor
Imperial Messages: One Hundred Modern Parables

Peter Johnson, Editor
Best of The Prose Poem: An International Journal

David Lehman, Editor
Great American Prose Poems : From Poe to the Present

Poetry Therapy

John Fox
Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making

Belle Waring
Dark Blonde: Poems
a good book of poems in itself, but also contains poems about the author’s experience as a nurse and as a poet working at a children’s hospital

Rafael Campo, Editor
The Healing Art: A Doctor's Black Bag of Poetry

Jon Mukand, Editor
Articulations: The Body and Illness in Poetry

Angela Belli and Jack Coulehan, Editors
Blood and Bone: Poems by Physicians

Cortney Davis and Judy Schaefer, Editors
Between the Heartbeats: Poetry and Prose by Nurses

Poems on a Theme
Kurt Brown and Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Editors
Night Out: Poems About Hotels, Motels, Restaurants, and Bars

Kurt Brown, Editor
Verse   Universe: Poems About Science and Mathematics

Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Editor
Urban Nature: Poems About Wildlife in the City

Sarah Gorham and Jeffrey Skinner, Editors
Last Call: Poems on Alcoholism, Addiction, and Deliverance
on abuse of different kinds

Tom Lombardo, Editor
After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events

Phillip French, Editor
The Faber Book of Movie Verse

Sandra Gilbert, Editor
Inventions of Farewell: A Book of Elegies

Lynn Strongin, Editor
The Sorrow Psalms: A Book of Twentieth-Century Elegy

Jeanne Marie Beaumont, Claudia Carlson, Editors
The Poets' Grimm: 20th Century Poems from Grimm Fairy Tales

Kurt Brown, Editor
Drive, They Said: Poems About Americans and Their Cars

Lisa Russ Spaar, Editor
Acquainted with the Night: Insomnia Poems

Nickole Brown and Judith Taylor, Editors
Air Fare: Stories, Poems, and Essays on Flight

Ann and Larry Smith
Family Matters: Poems of Our Families

Susan Gubar, Sandra M. Gilbert, and Diana O'Hehir, Editors
Mothersongs: Poems for, by, and about Mothers

Terry Wolverton, Editor
Mischief, Caprice, and Other Poetic Strategies
poems from 20 projects exercise

Maggie Anderson and David Hassler, Editors
Learning by Heart: Contemporary American Poetry about School

Elise Paschen and Dominique Raccah, Editors
Poetry Speaks to Children (Book & CD) (Read & Hear)

Amy Hempel and Jim Shepard, Editors
Unleashed: Poems by Writers' Dogs

Jonathan Wells, Editor
Third Rail: The Poetry of Rock and Roll

Sascha Feinstein and Yusef Komunyakaa, Editors
Jazz Poetry Anthology

Kevin Young, Editor
Jazz Poems

Kevin Young, Editor
Blues Poems

Roger Housden, Editor
Dancing with Joy: 99 Poems

Roger Housden, Editor
Risking Everything: 110 Poems of Love and Revelation

Native American
Howard Norman
The Wishing Bone Cycle: Narrative Poems from the Swampy Cree Indians

Duane Niatum, Ed.
Harper's Anthology of Twentieth Century Native American Poetry

Allison Coke, Editor
Ahani: Indigenous American Poetry
To Topos: Poetry International, Volume 9, Winter 2007

Heid E. Erdrich and Laura Tohe, Editors
Sister Nations: Native American Women Writers On Community (Native Voices)
To Topos: Poetry International, Volume 9, Fall 2006

Sherwin Bitsui
Shapeshift (Sun Tracks)

Essays on Poetry
Ellen Bryant Voight and Heather McHugh, Editors
Hammer and Blaze: A Gathering of Contemporary American Poets

Edward Hirsch
The Demon and the Angel: Searching for the Source of Artistic Inspiration

Pattiann Rogers
The Dream of the Marsh Wren: Writing As Reciprocal Creation
best book on a poet’s process

Gregory Orr
Poetry as Survival

Stephen Dobyns
Best Words, Best Order: Essays on Poetry

Gregory Orr and Ellen Bryant Voigt, Editors
Poets Teaching Poets: Self and the World

Daniel Tobin and Pimone Triplett, Editors
Poet's Work, Poet's Play: Essays on the Practice and the Art

Stephen Berg, Editor
Singular voices: American poetry today
poets’ essays on their poems

Kate Sontag and David Graham, Editors
After Confession: Poetry as Autobiography

Tony Hoagland
Real Sofistikashun: Essays on Poetry and Craft

Jonathan Holden
Style and Authenticity in Postmodern Poetry

Federico Garcia Lorca
In Search of Duende

Marianne Boruch
Poetry's Old Air

Robert Pack and Jay Parini, Editors
Introspections: American Poets on One of Their Own Poems

Series: Poets on Poetry, The University of Michigan Press
Martin Lammon, Ed., Written in Water, Written in Stone: Twenty Years of Poets on Poetry
Elizabeth Alexander, Power and Possibility: Essays, Reviews, and Interviews
A. R. Ammons, Set in Motion: Essays, Interviews, and Dialogues
John Ashbery, Selected Prose
Robert Bly, Talking All Morning
Philip Booth, Trying to Say It: Outlooks and Insights on How Poems Happen
Marianne Boruch, Poetry's Old Air
Hayden Carruth, Effluences from the Sacred Caves: More Selected Essays and Reviews
Hayden Carruth, Suicides and Jazzers
Amy Clampitt, Predecessors, Et Cetera: Essays
Douglas Crase, AMERIFIL.TXT: A Commonplace Book
Robert Creeley, Tales Out of School: Selected Interviews
Donald Davie, Trying to Explain
Thomas M. Disch, The Castle of Perseverance: Job Opportunities in Contemporary Poetry
Edward Dorn, Ed Dorn Live: Lectures, Interviews, and Outtakes
Annie Finch, Essays on Women, Form, and the Poetic Self
Tess Gallagher, A Concert of Tenses: Essays on Poetry
Tess Gallagher, Soul Barnacles: Ten More Years with Ray
Sandra Gilbert, On Burning Ground: Thirty Years of Thinking About Poetry
Dana Gioia, Barrier of a Common Language: An American Looks at Contemporary British Poetry
Linda Gregerson, Negative Capability: Contemporary American Poetry
Allen Grossman, The Long Schoolroom: Lessons in the Bitter Logic of the Poetic Principle
Thom Gunn, The Occasions of Poetry: Essays in Criticism and Autobiography
Thom Gunn, Shelf Life: Essays, Memoirs, and an Interview
Rachel Hadas, Merrill, Cavafy, Poems, and Dreams
John Haines, Living Off the Country: Essays on Poetry and Place
Donald Hall, Death to the Death of Poetry: Essays, Reviews, Notes, Interviews
Donald Hall, Goatfoot Milktongue Twinbird: Interviews, Essays, Notes, 1970-76
Donald Hall, Poetry and Ambition: Essays 1982--88
Donald Hall, The Weather for Poetry: Essays, Reviews, and Notes on Poetry, 1977-81
Joy Harjo, The Spiral of Memory: Interviews
Robert Hayden: Collected Prose
Edward Mark Hirsch, Responsive Reading
Daniel Hoffman, Words to Create a World
Jonathan Holden, Guns and Boyhood in America: A Memoir of Growing Up in the 50s
John Hollander, The Poetry of Everyday Life
Paul Hoover, Fables of Representation: Essays
Laura (Riding) Jackson, The Failure of Poetry, The Promise of Language
Josephine Jacobsen, The Instant of Knowing: Lectures, Criticism, and Occasional Prose
Mark Foster Jarman, Body and Soul: Essays on Poetry
Galway Kinnell, Walking Down the Stairs: Selections from Interviews
John Koethe, Poetry at One Remove: Essays
Yusef Komunyakaa, Blue Notes: Essays, Interviews, and Commentaries
Kenneth Koch, The Art of Poetry
Maxine Kumin, To Make a Prairie: Essays on Poets, Poetry, and Country Living
Philip Larkin, Required Writing: Miscellaneous Pieces 1955-1982
Philip Larkin, Further Requirements: Interviews, Broadcasts, Statements and Book
    Reviews, 1952-85

David Lehman, The Big Question
David Lehman, The Line Forms Here
Philip Levine, The Bread of Time: Toward an Autobiography
Philip Levine, Don't Ask
Philip Levine, So Ask: Essays, Conversations, and Interviews
Larry Levis, The Gazer Within
John Logan, A Ballet for the Ear: Interviews, Essays, and Reviews
William Logan, All the Rage
William Matthews, Curiosities
William Matthews, The Poetry Blues: Essays and Interviews
William Meredith, Poems Are Hard to Read
Jane Miller, Working Time: Essays on Poetry, Culture, and Travel
David Alan Mura, Song for Uncle Tom, Tonto, and Mr. Moto: Poetry and Identity
Carol Muske, Women and Poetry: Truth, Autobiography, and the Shape of the Self
Alice Notley, Coming After: Essays on Poetry
Geoffrey Paul O'Brien, Bardic Deadlines: Reviewing Poetry, 1984-95
Alicia Suskin Ostriker, Dancing at the Devil's Party: Poetry, Politics, and the Erotic
Alicia Suskin Ostriker, Writing Like a Woman
Ronald Padgett, The Straight Line: Writing on Poetry and Poets
Marge Piercy, Parti-Colored Blocks for a Quilt
Anne Sexton, No Evil Star: Selected Essays, Interviews, and Prose
Reginald Shepherd, Orpheus in the Bronx: Identity, Politics, and the Freedom of Poetry
Karl Shapiro, Essay on Rime: With Trial of a Poet
Charles Simic, A Fly in the Soup: Memoirs
Charles Simic, Memory Piano
Charles Simic, The Metaphysician in the Dark
Charles Simic, Orphan Factory: Essays and Memoirs
Charles Simic, The Uncertain Certainty: Interviews, Essays, and Notes on Poetry
Charles Simic, Wonderful Words, Silent Truth: Essays on Poetry and a Memoir
Charles Simic, The Unemployed Fortune-Teller: Essays and Memoirs
Louis Simpson, A Company of Poets
Louis Simpson, Ships Going into the Blue: Essays and Notes on Poetry
William Stafford, The Answers Are Inside the Mountains
William Stafford, Writing the Australian Crawl
William Stafford, You Must Revise Your Life
William Stafford, Crossing Unmarked Snow: Further Views on the Writer's Vocation
Anne Stevenson, Between the Iceberg and the Ship: Selected Essays
May Swenson, Made with Words
James Tate, The Route as Briefed
Richard W. Tillinghast, Poetry and What is Real
Richard W. Tillinghast, Robert Lowell's Life and Work: Damaged Grandeur
Charles Kenneth Williams, Poetry and Consciousness
Alan Williamson, Eloquence and Mere Life: Essays on the Art of Poetry
Charles Wright, Halflife: Improvisations and Interviews, 1977-87
Charles Wright, Quarter Notes: Improvisations and Interviews
James Wright: Collected Prose
Stephen Yenser, A Boundless Field: American Poetry at Large
John Yau, The Passionate Spectator: Essays on Art and Poetry
Writing Exercises
Robin Behn and Chase Twitchell, Editors
The Practice of Poetry: Writing Exercises From Poets Who Teach

Natalie Goldberg
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux, Editors
The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry

Steve Kowit
In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet's Portable Workshop

Wendy Bishop
Thirteen Ways of Looking for a Poem: A Guide to Writing Poetry

Mary Ruefle
A Little White Shadow

Tom Phillips
A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel, Fourth Edition
a classic of book art using erasure
Poetic Craft
John Hollander
Rhyme's Reason: A Guide to English Verse

Ron Padgett, Editor
The Teachers and Writers Handbook of Poetic Forms
from Teachers & Writers Collaborative

Mark Strand and Eavan Boland, Editors
The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms
an anthology of poems and study of form

J. Paul Hunter
The Norton Introduction to Poetry

Mary Kinzie
A Poet's Guide to Poetry (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing)

Edward Hirsch
How to Read a Poem And Fall in Love with Poetry
has a large bibliography of world poetry

Dana Gioia, David Mason, and Meg Schoerke, Editors
Twentieth-Century American Poetics: Poets on the Art of Poetry
Sue Young
The New Comprehensive American Rhyming Dictionary
best print rhyming dictionary

Babette Deutsch
Rhyme's Reason: A Guide to English Verse

Jack Elliott Myers and Michael Simms, Editors
The Longman Dictionary of Poetic Terms

Poetry Collections
Kim Addonizio
Tell Me

Paul Allen
American Crawl

Nin Andrews
Sleeping with Houdini

Aliki Barnstone
Wild With It

Elizabeth Bishop
The Complete Poems, 1927-1979

Billy Collins
Sailing Alone Around the Room

Wyn Cooper
Postcards from the Interior

Emily Dickinson
The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

Mark Doty
My Alexandria

James Galvin
Resurrection Update: Collected Poems, 1975-1997

Frank Gaspar
A Field Guide to the Heavens

Terrence Hayes
Wind in a Box
Hip Logic (National Poetry Series)
Muscular Music

Tony Hoagland
What Narcissism Means to Me: Poems
Hard Rain

Andrew Hudgins
Ecstatic in the Poison

Tyehimba Jess

Meg Kearney
An Unkindness of Ravens

Brigit Pegeen Kelly

Mary A. Koncel
You Can Tell The Horse Anything

Yusef Komunyakaa
Neon Vernacular
Pleasure Dome

Li-Young Lee
Book of My Nights

Philip Levine
Selected Poems

Larry Levis
Selected Levis

W. S. Merwin
The Second Four Books of Poems:
    The Moving Target
    The Lice
    The Carrier of Ladders
    Writings to an Unfinished Accompaniment

Susan Mitchell

Malena Mörling
Ocean Avenue

Pablo Neruda
Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems (Edición bilingüe)

Gregory Orr
The Caged Owl Poems

Jacqueline Osherow
The Hoopoe's Crown

Alan Michael Parker
The Vandals

Barbara Ras
Bite Every Sorrow

Alberto Rios
The Smallest Muscle in the Human Body

Pattiann Rogers
Firekeeper: New and Selected Poems

David Slabotsky
The Mind of Genesis

Susan Stewart

James Tate
Selected Poems
Shroud Of The Gnome
Worshipful Company of Fletchers

Brian Turner
Here, Bullet

Charles Harper Webb
Tulip Farms and Leper Colonies

Dean Young
Elegy On Toy Piano