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Poetry

You say you don't like poetry? Ba-humbug, you say? Listen--there is so much poetry out there--so much variety--that you simply have to give poetry another try. Here's a handy list of poetry especially for you. Want more? Ask your friendly neighborhood librarian.


Poems From Homeroom : a writer's place to start
Poems From Homeroom : a writer's place to start

A collection of poems for young adult readers, accompanied by fascinating accounts of how and why the poems came to be, along with writing exercises to inspire readers to create their own poetry.


You Don't Even Know Me : stories and poems about boys
You Don't Even Know Me : stories and poems about boys

Sharon Flake gives poetic voice to the fears, dreams, struggles and triumphs of African-American teen boys, who deal with such issues as homelessness, drugs, HIV/AIDS, suicide, seduction by an older woman, and the need to connect with other males in their families and communities.


I Wouldn't Thank You For a Valentine : poems for young feminists
I Wouldn't Thank You For a Valentine : poems for young feminists

Renowned poets Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni and Alice Walker are just a few of the celebrated writers featured in this anthology of feminist poems. Ranging from serious topics such as violence against women and religion to lighter fare about birthdays and shopping, this collection offers a wide variety of intelligent poetry for readers young and old.


Blushing : expressions of love in poems and letters
Blushing : expressions of love in poems and letters

The thumping of your heart in your chest. Butterflies in your stomach. A blush. These are the signs of lovesickness, and if you've ever experienced them, this book is for you.


Bum Rush the Page : a Def Poetry Jam
Bum Rush the Page : a Def Poetry Jam

A collection of poets of all ages and backgrounds, proving that poems are meant to be read out loud.


Dizzy in Your Eyes : poems about love
Dizzy in Your Eyes : poems about love

Ever feel like no one understands how you feel? This collection of 50 poems by author, Pat Mora, puts into words the feelings that are so hard to express. Mora uses different kinds of poems (which also include descriptions) to explain the many different kinds of love. These poems are heartwarming, stimulating, romantic and emotional.


A Wreath for Emmett Till
A Wreath for Emmett Till

The lynching of Emmett Til affected the then 9 year old Nelson so much that 50 years later; she decided to dedicate this poem in his memory. Written as a heroic crown sonnet, this poem honors Till's short life that was taken much too soon.


A Maze Me : poems for girls
A Maze Me : poems for girls

Written for a young female audience, this collection captures a wide array of emotion, drama, angst, and joy through poems dealing with friendship, school, community, love, and family.


I Just Hope It's Lethal : poems of sadness, madness, and joy
I Just Hope It's Lethal : poems of sadness, madness, and joy

The teenage years are filled with sadness, madness, joy, and all the messy stuff in between. This collection includes poems by Charles Bukowski, Sylvia Plath, and many more, including teenage writers.


Boris
Boris

A thoughtful, powerful collection of poems about a cat named Boris that explores love, compassion, and the continuous give-and-take of companionship.


Seeing the Blue Between : advice and inspiration for young poets
Seeing the Blue Between : advice and inspiration for young poets

With advice and poems from 32 different poets this book is the perfect inspirational tool. Each poet starts their section with a letter of advice followed by one or two poems. Every letter and poem is different offering 32 examples of unique style, voice, and presentation.


The World According to Dog : poems and teen voices
The World According to Dog : poems and teen voices

For the animal lover: a collection of poems about dogs, accompanied by essays by young people about the dogs in their lives.


A Fire in My Hands : poems
A Fire in My Hands : poems

These poems depict Latino characters, but readers of every ethnicity will appreciate the honesty and familiar themes.


Teen Angst : a celebration of really bad poetry
Teen Angst : a celebration of really bad poetry

An anxiety-filled collection of poems on popular emotion-filled topics for teens such as 'Breakups', 'I Am Alone and No One Feels My Pain,' Life Sucks and I Want to Die,' and 'F@$% You--You Don%u2019t Understand Me!'


Paint Me Like I Am : teen poems
Paint Me Like I Am : teen poems

To read the words of these young people is to hear the diverse voices of teenagers everywhere. Thousands of children and teenagers have benefited from finding creative expression through writing.