Poetry Lover's List

Hoofprints: Horse poems

By Jessie Haas

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A collection of more than one hundred poems celebrating horses, from ancient times to the present. Readers can take an amazing journey through 65 million years of horse history in these 104 poems that include an afterword and a glossary that provides information about historical figures and events featured in the poems.
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Paint Me Like I Am: Teen Poems from Writerscorps

By Nikki Giovanni (editor)

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Today my name is colorful. Yesterday my name was dead souls. Tomorrow my name will be lively spirits. My friends think my name is fire. The police think my name is burden. My parents think my name is symphony. Secretly I know my name is anything I want it to be. Paint Me Like I Am is a collection of poems by teens who have taken part in writing programs run by a national nonprofit organization called WritersCorps.

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The Rose That Grew From Concrete

By Tupac Amaru Shakur

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Capturing the unrivaled passion and candor that made him one of America's bestselling solo recording artists, this collection of poetry offers a glimpse into Shakur's enigmatic life and its intense contradictions.
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Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States

By Lori M. Carlson (editor)

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Teen Latino poets tell us, in English and in Spanish, who they are, where they are, and what their hopes are for the future.

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19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East

By Naomi Shihab Nye

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Fowzi, who beats everyone at dominoes, Ibtisam, who wanted to be a doctor, Abu Mahmoud, who knows every eggplant and peach in his West Bank garden, mysterious Uncle Mohammed, who moved to the mountain, a girl in a red sweater; children in velvet dresses; Baba Kamalyari, age 71; Mr. Dajani and his swans; Sitti Khadra, who never lost her peace inside. Maybe they have something to tell us.
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You Hear Me? Poems and Writing by Teenage Boys

By Betsy Franco (editor)

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In this powerful collection of more than 70 uncensored poems and essays, more than 50 teenage boys from across the country explore their many-layered concerns, including identity, love, envy, gratitude, sex, anger, and more. Accompanied by black-and-white photographs.

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Swimming Upstream: Middle School Poems

By Kristine O'Connell George (author) and Debbie Tilley (illustrator)

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A collection of poems capture the feelings and experiences of a girl in middle school.

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A Wreath for Emmett Till

By Marilyn Nelson (author) and Philippe Lardy (illustrator)

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A beautiful elegy of fifteen poems and illustrations, honoring Emmett Till, an African American teen from Chicago who was lynched in 1995 while visiting relatives in Mississippi.
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I Don't Want to Be Crazy

By Samantha Schutz

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When Samantha Schutz arrives at college, she begins to suffer anxiety attacks that leave her mentally shaken and physically incapacitated. Told in poetic verse, this memoir tells the story of a young woman as she grows up, breaks down, and comes to grips with a psychological disorder.
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Partly Cloudy: Poems of Love and Longing

By Gary Soto

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Poet Gary Soto captures the voices of young people as they venture toward their first kiss, brood over bruised hearts, and feel the thrill of first love.

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