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These books amplify many of the themes discussed in Poetry through the Ages. You may also find the detailed references helpful, as well as information on how to cite this exhibit.

Poems for the Millennium: The University of California Book of Modern and Postmodern Poetry

Jerome Rothenberg and Pierre Joris, eds.

A fabulous set dedicated to capturing the prevailing styles, techniques, and subjects from the last century’s most relevant to contemporary, progressive poetics. From Dickinson and Blake to Brazilian Concrete poets, Poems for the Millenium guides readers through a trajectory of experimental and conceptual poetics. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998. ISBN-10: 0520072278, 0520208641 See more info at Amazon.com

Vol. 1: From Fin-de-Siecle to Negritude; Vol. 2: From Postwar to Millennium

Poems, Poets, Poetry: An Introduction and Anthology

by Helen Vendler

Vendler dedicates the first half of this wonderfully accessible book to developing a greater appreciation for poetry and poetry analysis. Then, she presents a short anthology of works ranging from the classics of English literature to contemporary favorites. A mainstay of many college courses, Vendler’s approach is engaging and inspiring, making the book a pleasant read for all students of poetry. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2002. ISBN-10: 0312257066 See more info at Amazon.com

A Book of Women Poets from Antiquity to Now

edited by Aliki Barnstone and Willis Barnstone

Did you know that the first person to write a poem was a woman? Beginning with Sumerian poetess Enheduanna, the Barnstones have compiled perhaps the world’s best cross-section of poetry by women, covering 4,500 years and more than fifty cultures from Sumeria and Egypt to Mary Oliver, Joy Harjo and Rita Dove. Schocken Books, 1992. ISBN-10: 0805209972 See more info at Amazon.com

Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words

by Susan G. Wooldridge

A fabulous half-memoir, half-tutorial of the author’s relationship with poetry and the written word. Includes dozens of original exercises pertaining to the structure, art and joy of writing poetry. Clarkson Potter/Random House, 1996. ISBN-10: 0609800981 See more info at Amazon.com

Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry

edited by Billy Collins

While he was Poet Laureate of the United States, Billy Collins endeavored to re-ignite the discussion and writing of vital poetry in the classroom by bringing together 180 modern poems — one for each day of the school year. The resulting book is a worthy cross-section of the forms, techniques and poets who are leading poetics into the 21st century. Also the 2005 follow-up, "180 More." Random House, 2003. ISBN-10: 0812972961 See more info at Amazon.com