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L.A. 10 Independent Reading
Transcript of L.A. 10 Independent Reading
Teen poems of love and longing by acclaimed author Gary Soto.
The fleeting emotions of teenagers, as changeable as the weather, ring true in these emotionally resonant poems. Narrators, both boys and girls, of various ethnicities fall in love for the first time, pine over crushes, and brood over broken hearts. Tender, lighthearted, and surprising, this collection will capture teens, tweens, and anyone who remembers what it’s like to be a young person in love.
What Have You Lost?
This hard-hitting collection of over 100 mostly brief, contemporary poems, challenges us to reflect on the many possible losses in our lives, and in the world around us. The over 100 poets, representing a variety of ethnic groups, shares losses both dramatic, like the loss of a loved one, to subtle, like the loss of certain memories
101 Great American Poems: An Anthology
Rich treasury of verse from the 19th and 20th centuries includes works by Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Frost, Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, Emily Dickinson, T. S. Eliot, other notables.
Indivisible: Poems for Social Justice
An anthology of 20th century American poems that are arranged to take the reader on a journey. the path starts by broadly looking outward and slowly meanders closer to home. All the while, the poetic road taken is leading toward action for social change.
Paper Dance: 55 Latino Poets
"Readers should be prepared for weeping, laughing, and awe."—Harvard Review
A definitive anthology of the best United States Latino and Latina poets from diverse origins in the Latin world: Cuba, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.
Partly Cloudy: Poems of Love and Longing by Gary Soto
'I Am the Darker Brother' exposes the quintessential African American, a proud, lonely, vulnerable yet independent human being who has forged out of hardship that combination of endurance, understanding, and spirit called soul
Among the poets who are included in this anthology, Poetry Rocks: Contemporary American Poetry
are Elizabeth Bishop, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sylvia Plath, and Allen Ginsberg. In addition to the brief descriptions of these poets' lives and excerpts from their major works, there are also descriptions of poetic forms and techniques.
Beloved children's book author and speaker Pat Mora has written an original collection of poems, each with a different teen narrator sharing unique thoughts, moments, sadness, or heart’s desire: the girl who loves swimming, plunging into the water that creates her own world; the guy who leaves flowers on the windshield of the girl he likes. Each of the teens in these 50 original poems, written using a variety of poetic forms, will be recognizable to the reader as the universal emotions, ideas, impressions, and beliefs float across the pages in these gracefully told verses.
This pioneering book was the first to recognize Native American oral verse as a vibrant part of North American literature. First published in 1918, its ancient and modern songs were translated by the era's leading scholars and poets. The depth of its authenticity is matched by the scope of its variety, which covers both personal and ceremonial life.
Native American Poetry
Growing up Latino in America means speaking two languages, living two lives, learning the rules of two cultures.
Cool Salsa celebrates the tones, rhythms, sounds, and experiences of that double life. Here are poems about families and parties, insults and sad memories, hot dogs and mangoes, the sweet syllables of Spanish and the snag-tooth traps of English.
Great Short Poems
This outstanding 150-poem anthology spans over 400 years of English and American literary history. Memorable compositions include Donne's "Death Be Not Proud," Blake's "The Tyger," Wordsworth's "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud," Byron's "She Walks in Beauty," Shelley's "Ozymandias," as well as works by Tennyson, Whitman, Dickinson, Yeats, Frost, and many others.
Letters to America: Contemporary American Poetry on Race
Letters to America features the work of poets who have had the courage to write about race with honesty and passion. Speaking from the experience of Black, Native American, Asian, Arabic, Indian, Hispanic, and white culture, their diverse voices unite in a dialogue of poems which acknowledge and celebrate our differences while exploring America’s shameful history of racial intolerance.
I Just Hope It's Lethal. Poems of Sadness, Madness, & Joy
collected by Liz Rozenberg & Deena November
The teenage years are a time filled with sadness, madness, joy, and all the messy stuff in between. Sometimes it feels that every day brings a new struggle, a new concern, a new reason to stay in bed with the shades drawn. But between moments of despair and confusion often come times of great clarity and insight, when you might think, like the poet Rumi, “Whoever’s calm and sensible is insane!” It is moments like these that have inspired the touching, honest, and gripping poems found in I Just Hope It’s Lethal: Poems of Sadness, Madness, and Joy. After all, what’s normal anyway?
Spoon River Anthology
by Edgar Lee Masters
In 1915, Edgar Lee Masters published a book of dramatic monologues written in free verse about a fictional town called Spoon River. Based on the midwestern towns where Edgar Lee Masters grew up, the shocking scandals and secret tragedies of Spoon River were immediately recognized by readers as authentic. Masters raises the dead "sleeping on the hill" in the village cemetery to tell the truth about their lives, and their testimony topples the American myth of the moral superiority of small-town life. Spoon River is as undeniably corrupt and truel as the big city, and is home to murderers, drunkards, crooked bankers, lechers, bitter wives and abusive husbands, failed dreamers, and a few good souls. The freshness of this landmark work has not diminished, and Spoon River Anthology remains an American classic.
Collected by Garrison Keillor
America's beloved author, humorist, and storyteller offers a selection of meaningful and enjoyable poems
Every day people tune in to The Writer's Almanac on public radio and hear Garrison Keillor read them a poem. And here, for the first time, is an anthology of poems from the show, chosen by Keillor for their wit, their frankness, their passion, their "utter clarity in the face of everything else a person has to deal with at 7 a.m."
Good Poems includes verse about lovers, children, failure, everyday life, death, and transcendance. It features the work of classic poets, such as Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and Robert Frost, as well as the work of contemporary greats such as Howard Nemerov, Charles Bukowski, Donald Hall, Billy Collins, Robert Bly, and Sharon Olds. It's a book of poems for anybody who loves poetry whether they know it or not.
Love Rise Up:
An anthology of Social Justice, Protest, & Hope
edited by Steve Fellner & Phil E. Young
In LOVE RISE UP, readers will find genuine hope and inspired art in these lyrics, a desire to show the humanity behind the struggle for social justice. With courage, foresight, and even a good dose of humor, the poems in this collection address the causes and concerns of generations past and present, revealing ways to combat adversity with strength and integrity. Beginning with classic poets like Langston Hughes and highly-acclaimed, established poets including Sherman Alexie, Patricia Smith, and Martín Espada, LOVE RISE UP also celebrates new, emerging or never before published writers such as Gabriela Erandi Rico, Shirley Geok-lin Lim, and Patricia Jabbeh Wesley. With subjects ranging from the early Civil Rights movement to Occupy Wall Street and beyond, LOVE RISE UP offers a vivid portrait of resistance, triumph, compassion, and an eternal belief that our futures can be changed for the better.
Poetry Speaks: who i am.
editor: Dominique Raccah
Poetry Speaks Who I Am is filled with more than 100 remarkable poems about you, who you are, and who you are becoming. Dive in-find the poem you love, the one that makes you angry, the one that makes you laugh, the one that knocks the wind out of you, and become a part of Poetry Speaks Who I Am by adding your own inside the book.