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  • January 3rd, 2009 | 10:08 AM
Looking for poetry recommendations

I will be doing a long (10 sessions) poetry workshop in a few weeks. I'm looking for poetry recommendations, either a book or a single poem even. Here's the catch - the audience is a group of 10 incarcerated boys (men?) aged 16-18.  I want to start each session with reading some different poems then I'll get them writing.

While I have a lot of poetry books on my shelves I wonder if anyone has any favorites they think would work well with this age group and in this situation?

So far in my stack I have:

You Hear Me? By Betsy Franco

The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupac Shakur

Paint Me Like I Am: Teen Poems from WritersCorps by Bill Aguado

What Have You Lost? by Naomi Shihab Nye

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January 3rd, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
Do you know Arthur Slade? Maybe not incarcerated but he has dealt with teen guys who are reluctant readers. I know one thing he likes is using Metallica lyrics to get their interest.
January 3rd, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
Oh thank you. I do know Art and will drop him a note. Using lyrics is a great idea.
January 3rd, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
Whoops...that was me. Wrong ID. LOL
January 3rd, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
I figured so. :-)
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January 3rd, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm unfamilar with Gary Snyder so I will look forward to learning about someone new.
January 3rd, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
Whoops...that was me. Wrong ID. LOL
January 3rd, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC)
From my posts for GuysLitWire: Tough Boy Sonatas; No Sleep Till Brooklyn; Here, Bullet.

Also More than Friends by Sara Holbrook and Allan Wolf; Technically, It's not my Fault by John Grandits
January 3rd, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Kelly. I was hoping you would share.
January 3rd, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
Shel Silverstein?

Concrete poems?
January 6th, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
I cannot believe I didn't think about Shel Silverstein. Thanks!
January 3rd, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
Not at the beginning, but maybe Sonya Sones' WHAT MY GIRLFRIEND DOESN'T KNOW?

Maybe some Francisco X. Alarcon or Gary Soto?

January 6th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
I just picked up A Fire in My Hands by Gary Soto to see what I could use from there. Good idea on something from Sonya's book. Thanks.
January 5th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
Could you use some (carefully chosen) Charles Bukowski? I think there might be something to the rough and conversational nature of those that would be a relief to those daunted by the IDEA of poetry...
January 6th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
I am such a non-poet that I didn't know who Charles Bukowski was! I need to get myself to the library to see what I can find. I like the idea of bringing relief to those daunted by the very idea of poetry. thanks!
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