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About jppoetryreader

Poetry reviewer and poetry consultant for libraries

The Top 500 Poems, edited by William Harmon

This anthology contains over 1000 pages of poetry with a strong bias toward work published prior to the 20th Century. Continue reading

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My Wicked Wicked Ways by Sandra Cisneros

The second half of this book provides an interesting view of a woman engaging in both geographical exploration and exploration in relationships. Continue reading

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The Last Magician by Stephen Corey

This early book by Stephen Corey illuminates the lives of everyday people with a focus on artisans. Continue reading

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William Carlos Williams: Selected Poems, edited by Charles Tomlinson

This is the first full book of WCW’s poetry I’ve read and I was pleasantly surprised by his range, considering it’s only his more spare poems that get anthologized. I really have never understood why “The Red Wheelbarrow” has been … Continue reading

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The Fields of Praise by Marilyn Nelson

The two halves of this book are sharply divided in subject matter. The first brings to life the poet’s experiences and those of her ancestors. The second focuses on religious exploration. Continue reading

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Fire Water World by Adrian Louis

Adrian Louis is uncompromising in his rendering of the emotional anguish, violence, and contradictions of Native American life, but that can be a flaw as well as a strength. Continue reading

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Long Feud by Louis Untermeyer

Louis Untermeyer was a great editor but not a great poet. Books of his poetry can safely be discarded libraries without a direct connection to him. Continue reading

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