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Contemporary Poetry  

A guide for those who love poetry and those who think they hate it.
Last Updated: Mar 22, 2012 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Why People Hate Poetry

  1. Because teachers always tell you you're wrong about what you think it means!
  2. Some of it requires a secret decoder ring to figure out the symbolism.
  3. Rhyming is romantic and silly.
  4. Because if you're asking me to read a poem, next you'll be asking me to write one.

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We Learn to Write By Reading

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What Narcissism Means to Me: Poems - Tony Hoagland
ISBN: 1555973868
An excellent book for those who think they hate poetry. These poems hate you back!

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The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry - Sue Ellen Thompson
ISBN: 1932870067
300 poems by 94 great contemporary poets.


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