Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Poet's Day

Today is Poet's Day! So let's celebrate with some poetry!


Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath by Stephanie Hemphill. Hemphill imagines Plath's life in a series of poems.

The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. This is a 12-week program to help you harness and embrace your creativity.

The Book of Songs: The Ancient Chinese Classic of Poetry translated from the Chinese by Arthur Waleey. One of the 5 Confucian Classics, this book of poetry sheds light on many aspects of daily life in China at the turn of the eras.


Becoming Billie Holiday by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Floyd Cooper. This verse novel is a fictionalized biography of Billie Holiday's early life, when her name was still Eleanora Fagin.

Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes. Every Friday Mr. Ward's English class turns into a poetry open mic, allowing each student to express their thoughts and feelings. Told in the verse that these kids share each Friday, we meet 18 voices as they find a safe place each week.

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare. Shakespeare gets some love because he wrote entire plays in poetry! I chose this one because I just saw the Joss Whedon film version and am obsessed with his musical setting for "Sigh No More."


A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms by Paul B. Janeczko, illustrated by Chris Raschka. While it looks like it's for younger readers, this is still a phenomenal introduction to different poetic forms, with an explanation and example of each form.

Immersed in Verse: An Informative, Slightly Irreverent & Totally Tremendous Guide to Living the Poet's Life by Allan Wolf. Out of print, but worth tracking down at your library, this is a great introduction to the work and art of writing your own poetry.

Heart to Heart : New Poems Inspired by Twentieth-Century American Art edited by Jan Greenberg. A range of poets wrote new work based on modern visual art, and this book pairs the poem and the inspiring art side-be-side.

For more poetry check out many of our April posts! What books would you add?

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