Reading for National Poetry Month | Wyatt’s World

For many libraries, poetry is lost in the shuffle…

As the nation celebrates the importance of poetry in our lives, libraries may join the jubilee by enhancing existing collections, introducing new and upcoming voices, and showcasing poets who never die like Frost and Whitman, Dickinson and Millay, and Lowell and Bishop. For starters, ask yourself does my collection have:


  • Red Doc>. by Anne Carson (Knopf). A genre blending sequel to Autobiography of Red. Carson is playful, challenging, and expansive. [See Editors’ Spring Picks LJ 3/15/13, p. 34.]
  • Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology. ed. by Paul Hoover (W.W. Norton). What do poets say about postmodernism? Hoover’s compilation of poems by Allen Ginsberg with Eileen Myles (among many others) offers the answer.
  • Sorted Books. by Nina Katchadourian (Chronicle). Conceptual poetry made from book titles, covers, and spines—a fanciful display of appropriated haiku for book lovers.
  • The Virtues of Poetry. by James Longenbach (Graywolf). Investigative essays on poetry in which Longenbach reads Donne, Bishop, and others and then discusses the experience of the reading.
  • New and Selected Poems 1962–2012. by Charles Simic (Houghton Harcourt). Former U.S. Poet Laureate Simic’s already published poems and their revisions and never-before-published work are collected here.


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  1. James W. Price says:

    I’d like printed information about the Rosegivers Poetry Column in the Athens newspaper in the 1950s & l960s. Ojmne of my poems was printed in the l950s in the column James W.Price

  2. Neal says:

    Hi James,

    Have you contacted the local public library in Athens yet? They would be in the best position to help you track down what you are after.

    Good luck!