Book Genre: Poetry

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Jack Prelutsky
Georgia
4

Good Sports by Jack Prelutsky is a wonderful book to introduce children to poetry. It is filled with poems about sports of all kinds and touches on the joy of participating. Each poem focuses on a different sport, from Frisbee to Gymnastics. The rhymes in Good Sports are...

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Francesco Marciuliano
seanamo
2

I wanted to like this more than I actually did. Certainly, the pictures of adorable kittens help, but I really was hoping for better poetry. There are a few gems - "Why are you screaming?" (a tale of a gift gone wrong), "Separation"(an emotional story of betrayal), "And now we know" (one cat's...

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Adelina
3

Prairie Home Companion meets a modern who’s who of American writers and poets. This audio features comedic sketches from NPR’s Prairie Home Companion from Dave Barry, Billy Collins, Robert Bly, Allan Ginsberg and Calvin Trillin. The audio is two discs long that should have been edited down to...

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Mary Oliver
Dawn
5

From viewpoints of both loving owner and loyal four paw friends, Mary Oliver shares the strong bond shared.  Dogs befriend other dogs, beloved dogs are missed and admired in Oliver's poems.  

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Andrea Gibson
Mandy M.
3

Andrea Gibson was introduced to me in my college years. It was during one of those free events and when she recited her poetry, the room fell silent. So when I realized that she actually put out books of poetry, I was more than a little curious.

The only reason that this book does not get...

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Rachel Zucker
Hope H
3

The first few poems in Museum of Accidents​ were difficult for me to get into at first - poetry is not usually my thing - but when I read "Long Lines to Stave Off Suicide" I was hooked; I had to read the rest of the book. There's a brutal honesty to some of the lines which struck me in...

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Billy Collins
Dana F
4

I have a confession: this is the first poetry I've read since I was in college. A friend gave me "On the Pulse of the Morning," Maya Angelou's 2009 inauguration poem, and it still sits on my bookshelf, unread. Maybe I'll try it now that I know reading poetry won't make my brain explode :)

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Sandra Cisneros
Angelita
4

I read this book because it was by Sandra Cisneros, but that's because she conveys emotion so well in her pieces. She reaches inside of you and wants you to feel what the character is feeling. This is a good book for grieving because there is the theme of loss in this book.

Even though it...

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Lew Welch
Zac
4

The poems in this collection embody the Poetics of Emptiness, a philosophical movement and style best characterized by the west coast Beat scene, most notably by Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Jack Kerouac, and Philip Whalen. Influenced by Zen, these poems are immersed with detailed observations...

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Billy Collins
Adelina
5

“Aimless Love: A Selection of Poems” by Billy Collins is his first collection of new and selected poems he has published in 12 years. Billy Collins is a humorous and accessible presence in contemporary American poetry. The title poem “Aimless Love” describes the wonderful experience of falling...

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Tupac Shakur
Charles
4

Tupac Amaru Shakur is best known for his rapping and somewhat less so for his movies.  I knew he had a book of poetry, The Rose that Grew from Concrete, but would have never sought it out.  I am so glad that I found it on the shelf just at a time when I was looking for a book...

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Billy Collins
Adelina
5

"Sailing Alone Around the Room: New & Selected Poems" is a great introduction to Billy Collins' poetry. Billy Collins writes accessible poetry. His poetry speaks of everyday life with his unique laugh out loud humor. His poetry is universal, clever and perceptive. He is an American poet who...

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Adam Mansbach
Hope H
5

If you've had any part in helping to raise a small child, or if you plan to, you need to read this hilarious book about the follies of actually putting that child to bed. Adam Mansbach perfectly captures the sleep-deprived anger and frustration inherent in trying to convince a toddler to go...

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Margarita Engle
Hope
5

The Lightning Dreamer is a beautiful book of prose from the perspective of Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, (Tula) a Cuban poet from the 1800's. Tula talks about her world and the concerns she has over being married off and living in a world of inequality, where slave labor is still common...

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kmcfall
3

Falling Hard: 100 love poems by teenagers is a collection of love poems written by teenagers, pulled from email submissions by the author. The authors range in age from 12 to 18. They are also a mixture of female, male, transgender, straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, different ethnicities and...

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Lee Wardlaw
April
4

This is a beautifully illustrated story of a shelter cat being adopted and taken home by a boy—told entirely in haiku!  It is very sweet and touching, and perfect for anyone who has ever adopted a shelter animal.  I believe this book may also serve as a good introduction to poetry.

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Mark Haddon
Shanna
3

There is a small spinner wheel on the cover of this book that lets you switch between titles and accompanying icons.  You can set it on "The Talking Horse", "The Sad Girl", or "The Village Under the Sea".  This design is what first caught my eye, as I spun it around and examined the...

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Wendell Berry
Bobby
3

This was my first foray into Wendell Berry's vast catalog.  A meditator on the natural and spiritual, Berry writes with an intimacy that goes beyond simple musings about the color of leaves or a distant God.  These poems have a rich, living feel that can only come from someone who has...

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Kay Ryan
dfields
4

Kay Ryan's Niagara River treats a reader to a palette of carefully crafted words placed in just the right spot. Imagine being at a buffet and tasting a little of each dish. Some tastes one recognizes, while others make one stop for a moment and savor new oldness. Each poem...

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Shel Silverstein
mmcgowan
5

      I listened to the cd on "Where the Sidewalk Ends" and what a very well exciting way of doing poetry! 

     The author Shel Silverstein recited, sung and even shouted the numerous poems on the cd.  Each poem was directed toward...

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Kay Ryan
lisab
4

Poetry is like abstract art – it looks easy but it’s not. Kay Ryan was the poet laureate of the United States from 2008-2010 and this is a compilation of her poetry. Like all poetry, some will speak to the reader and others won’t. It’s best to just open the book and read whatever poem appears....

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T. S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot
Ken
3

There were a couple poems in here that I liked, they were the shorter ones that were easier to follow. The longer ones were interesting in their word usage and imagery but were harder to follow and when there was a rhyme scheme which started and then stops two stanzas later that was really...

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Jack Prelutsky
CarolE
5

From the same team that brought you “Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant” this selection of poems is actually more clever than the first. The illustrations mimic a scrapbook, bulletin board  or museum display diorama, making the collages and text work together very effectively. This time...

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Shel Silverstein
KristinR
4

Confession: I had not read Silverstein's Every Thing On It until I was hit with a wave of nostalgia last week and went searching for books that reminded me of my childhood.  The result was spot on.  

True to Silverstein's quirky, poignant, and at times, downright...

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Mei-mei Berssenbrugge
L.F.
3

Contemporary American poet Mei-mei Berssenbrugge has released a new collection of poems titled Hello, the Roses.  This Beijing-born poet was awarded the American Book Award in 1980 and 1984, the Asian American Literary Award in 1998 and 2004, and the PEN West Award in 1990. ...