100 Great Poems Of the Twentieth Century (2005)
edited by Mark Strand.
100 Essential Modern Poems By Women (2008) edited by Joseph Parisi and Kathleen Welton.
Highlights of Poetry. Index of poetry. How to Write Poetry.
How to write specific forms:
Haibun. Haiku. Hay(na)ku. Rengay. Tanka.
Concrete. Ghazal. Lai. Pantoum. Prose poem. Rondeau. Rubáiyát.
Sestina. Skaldic verse. Sonnet. Terza rima. Triolet. Tritina. Villanelle.
Babette Deutsch. The Beowulf Poet. Billy Collins. Billy Collins exercise.
Snorri's Edda. Carl Dennis. Charles Atkinson. Chase Twichell. Corey Marks.
François Villon. Franz Wright. Galway Kinnell. Gary Young. The Gawain Poet.
Jack Gilbert. James Tate. Jane Hirshfield. Jean Vengua. Jorie Graham.
J. Zimmerman. J. Zimmerman (haiku). J. Zimmerman (tanka). Karen Braucher. Karl Shapiro.
Kay Ryan. Kay Ryan's style. Kay Ryan The Best Of It: New and Selected Poems.
Laureate Poets: Britain; USA.
Len Anderson. Les Murray. Li-Young Lee. Linda Pastan. Louise Glück.
Mary Oliver. May Sarton. Nordic Skalds. Pulitzer Poetry Prize (U.S.A). Richard Hugo. Robert Bly.
Sappho. Sara Teasdale. Shiki (haiku). Snorri's Edda. Stephen Dunn.
Takuboku, Ishikawa. Ted Kooser. W.S. Merwin. Women: 100 poems.
There is much to commend 100 Essential Modern Poems By Women (2008) edited by Joseph Parisi and Kathleen Welton.
It prints in full a hundred poems by 48 women poets, with many partial quotations of their other poems in the essay (by Parisi) on each poet.
The essays are terrific. Parisi adds an essay on Elizabeth Bishop, whose will apparently forbade inclusion of her poetry in such an anthology.
Even Mary Oliver (whom I once heard say at a reading that she did not give permission for her work to be included in a women-only anthology) is there.
So is Kay Ryan. [She is paired with Mary Oliver for "special thanks" in the Acknowledgments. So perhaps she had expressed similar limitations previously.]
While Parisi's essays are interesting and informative, be warned that they outweigh the space devoted to the poets:
|The text totals 266 pages (for essays and women's poems).|
|Only about 105 pages (40%) are occupied by poems.|
|About 161 pages (60%) of essays.|
The essays and notes are terrific in giving a summary of each poet's body of work and her life. Parisi includes many references to biographies and to critical works for more detailed study. Mina Loy and Dorothy Parker, Louise Brogan and Stevie Smith particularly caught my eye. The Australian Judith Wright also merits study, not least as the only Antipodean in the volume.
A final heads-up: the book does indeed include a lot of great poems and poets, though it is a jingoistic collection:
FOR THE YOUNG WHO WANT TO Talent is what they say you have after the novel is published and favorably reviewed. Beforehand what you have is a tedious delusion, a hobby like knitting. ... Genius is what they know you had after the third volume of remarkable poems. Earlier they accuse you of withdrawing, ask why you don't have a baby, call you a bum. ... The real writer is one who really writes. Talent is an invention like phlogiston after the fact of fire. Work is its own cure. You have to like it better than being loved.
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