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  • January 5th, 2011 | 10:53 AM
waiting to be read

laurasalas was asking about poetry books we might have bought for ourselves or received as gifts for Christmas. I just posted mine in response to her but thought I would add them here, since many of my new habits for 2011 involve poetry.

Here's whats in my giant stack of poetry books waiting to be read. Just before Christmas I bought myself:

The Discovery of Poetry: A Field Guide to Reading and Writing Poems by Frances Mayes

Disguised As A Poem: My Years Teaching at San Quentin Disguised As A Poem: My Years Teaching at San Quentin by Judith Tannenbaum

Longer Ago by Spoon Jackson (Who was one of Judith's students at San Quentin)

By Heart: Poetry, Prison, and Two Lives (A memoir but about poetry) by Judith Tannenbaum and Spoon Jackson

I Don't Want To Be Crazy by Samantha Schutz (memoir in verse)

For teaching help I bought myself:

Poetry Daily: Poems from the World's Most Popular Poetry Website by Diane Boller

Hip-Hop Poetry and The Classics by Alan Lawrence Sitomer, Michael Cirelli

Note Slipped Under the Door, A: Teaching from Poems We Love by Nick Flynn, Shirley McPhillips

Then I bought myself:

The Art of the Poetic Line by James Longenbach

The Art of Description: World into Word by Mark Doty

The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poets by Ted Kooser

The Trouble with Poetry: And Other Poems by Billy Collins

Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins

You Must Revise Your Life (Poets on Poetry) by William Stafford

For Christmas I got Haiku: A Poet's Guide by Lee Gurga and New and Selected Poems by Mary Oliver (volume 2)

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( 6 comments — Leave comment )
January 5th, 2011 06:54 pm (UTC)
ooh! Sounds like a lovely pile for you to dive into! Enjoy!
January 8th, 2011 07:33 am (UTC)
I am loving what I am reading so far!
January 5th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
I have a book called Finding What You Didn't Lose, which is about writing poetry. I like it a lot.
January 8th, 2011 07:34 am (UTC)
I had that on my list too. I think I need to move it to the top of my "get it next" stack. :)
January 6th, 2011 12:43 am (UTC)
That's quite a lovely pile! And oooh, Haiku: A Poet's Guide sounds wonderful.
January 8th, 2011 07:35 am (UTC)
It makes me feel rich to have them all here at once. The Haiku: A Poet's Guide looks great. I picked it up, read a few pages and got a little intimidated but I think it will be good for me. It talks a lot about traditional haiku versus American haiku. I'm looking forward to working through it.
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