Poetry and Poets

Young Adult Bibliography and Webliography

Poetry and Poets

ED 5502 Reading and Literature, Grades 5-12

Update July 2014

prepared by Jane M. Gangi, PhD



Adoff, Arnold, I Am the Darker Brother

Anaya, Rudolfo, Elegy on the Death of César Chávez

Angleou, Maya, The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou

Auden, W. H.

Balaban, John, Ca Dao Vietnam: A Bilingual Anthology of Vietnamese Folk Poetry


Begay, Shonto, Navajo Visions and Voices across the Mesa

Bishop, Elizabeth

Blake, William

Bontemps, Arna, Hold Fast to Dreams: Poems Old and New

Brenner, Barbara, Voices: Poetry and Art from Around the World

Browning, Elizabeth Barrett

Browning, Robert, The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Bruchac, Joseph, No Borders; Above the Line; Ndakinna: Our Land; Thirteen Moons on Turtle’s Back

Carlson, Lori M., Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing up Latino in the United States

Clinton, Catherine, I, Too, Sing America: Three Centuries of African American Poetry

Cole, William, Oh, What Nonsense!

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Collins, Billy

Creech, Sharon, Love That Dog

cummings, e. e.

Dickinson, Emily

Dunbar, Paul, I Greet the Dawn: Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar; Jump Back Honey: The Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar

Dunning, Stephen, Edward Lueders, and Hugh Smith, Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle . . . and Other Modern Verse

Eliot, T. S.

Elliott, Zetta, Bird

Feelings, Tom, Soul Looks Back in Wonder

Flake, Sharon, You Don’t Even Know Me: Stories and Poems about Boys

Fleischman, Paul, Big Talk: Poems for Four Voices; Joyful Noise:  Poems for Two Voices

Fletcher, Ralph, Ordinary Things: Poems from a Walk in Early Spring

Frost, Robert, Birches, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Gilbert, Jack

Giovanni, Nikki, Shimmy Shimmy Shimmy Like My Sister Kate: Looking at the Harlem Renaissance through Poems

Gordon, Ruth, Pierced by a Ray of Sun:  Poems about the Times We Feel Alone

Greenberg, Jan, Heart to Heart: New Poems Inspired by Twentieth-Century American Art

Grimes, Nikki, Bronx Masquerade

Guthrie, Woody, This Land Is Your Land

Hirschfelder, Arlene, and Beverly R. Singer, Rising Voices: Writings of Young Native Americans

Ho, Minfong, Maples in the Mist: Children’s Poems from the Tang Dynasty

Holbrook, Sara, Wham!  It’s a Poetry Jam:  Discovering Performance Poetry

Hopkins, Gerard Manley

Houseman, A. E.

Hughes, Langston, The Block; The Dream Keeper and Other Poems

Izuki, Steven, Believers in America: Poems about Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander Descent

Janeczko, Paul B., Dirty Laundry Pile: Poems in Different Voices; Pocket Poems:  Selected for a Journey; A Poke in the I: A Collection of Concrete Poems; Stone Bench in an Empty Park

Johnson, Angela, The Other Side

Johnson, James Weldon

Liu, Siyu and Orel Protopopescu, A Thousand Peaks:  Poems from China

Lowell, Robert

Khayyam, Omar

Knudson, R.R. and May Swenson, American Sports Poems

Koch, Kenneth, and Kate Farrell, Talking to the Sun

Laviera, Abran, La Carreta Made a U-Turn

Lewis, J. Patrick, “Freedom Like Sunlight”: Praisesongs for Black Americans

Liu, Siyu and Orel Protopopescu, A Thousand Peaks:  Poems from China

Masters, Edgar Lee

Millay, Edna St. Vincent

Mora, Pat, My Own True Name

Myers, Walter Dean, Harlem

National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, When the Rain Sings: Poems by Young Native Americans

Neri, G., Chess Rumble

Neruda, Pablo

Noyes, Alfred, The Highwayman

Nye, Naomi Shihab, Come with Me: Poems for a Journey; Salting the Ocean:  100 Poems by Young Poets; The Space between Our Footsteps: Poems and Paintings from the Middle East; What Have You Lost?

Nye, Naomi Shihab and Paul B. Janeczko, I Feel a Little Jumpy Around You:  A Book of Her Poems and             His Poems Collected in Pairs

Ochoa, Annette Piña, Night Is Gone, Day Is Still Coming:  Stories and Poems by American Indian Teens and Young Adults

Okutoro, Lydia Omolola, Quiet Storm:  Voices of Young Black Poets

Ortiz, Simon, Woven Stone


Panzer, Nora, Celebrate America in Poetry and Art: Paintings, Sculpture, Drawings, Photographs, and Other Works of Art from the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian

Pashen, Elise and Rebekah Presson Mosby, Poetry Speaks:  Great Poets Read Their Works from Tennyson to Plath

Philip, Neil, Singing America: Poems That Define a Nation

Poe, Edgar Allen, The Raven

Pollinger, Gina, Something Rich and Strange: A Treasury of Shakespeare’s Verse

Robinson, Edwin Arlington

Rochelle, Belinda,Words with Wings:  A Treasury of African-American Poetry

Roethke, Theodore

Rogasky, Barbara, Winter Poems

Rosen, Michael, The Greatest Table: A Banquet to Fight Hunger

Rosenberg, Liz, Earth-Shattering Poems; Light-Gathering Poems


Sanchez, Sonya

Sandburg, Carl, Grassroots


Schwartz, Alvin, And the Green Grass Grew All around: Folk Poetry from Everyone; A Twister of Twists, A Tangler of Tongues

Seboni, Barolong, Windsongs of the Kgalagadi

Shakespeare, William

Siegen–Smith, Nikki, Songs for Survival: Songs and Chants from Tribal Peoples around the World

Smith, Anita, The Way a Door Closes

Smith, Charles R., Rimshots:  Basketball Pix, Rolls, and Rhythms

Smith, Mac and Mark Eleveld, The Spoken Word Revolution (Slam, Hip Hop & Poetry of a New Generation

Sneve, Virginia Driving Hawk, Dancing Teepees: Poems of American Indian Youth

Sones, Sonya, Stop Pretending:  What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy

Soto, Gary, Canto Familiar; Neighborhood Odes; A Fire in My Hands: A Book of Poems

Stavans, Ilan, Wáchale!  Poetry and Prose about Growing Up Latino in America


Stegner, Wallace

Stevens, Wallace

Sullivan, Charles, Children of Promise:  African-American Literature and Art for Young People

Tadjo, Véronique, Talking Drums:  A Selection of Poems from Africa South of the Sahara

Tagore, Rabinadrath

Thayer, Ernest, Casey at the Bat

Urrea, Luis Alberto, Vatos

Wheatley, Phillis

Whitman, Walt

Whittier, John Greenleaf

Wilbur, Richard, Collected Poems

Willard, Nancy, Step Lightly:  Poems for the Journey; The Voyage of the Ludgate Hill: Travels with Robert Louis Stevenson; A Visit to William Blake’s Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers

Williams, William Carlos

Wong, Janet S., Behind the Wheel:  Poems About Driving; Good Luck Gold and Other Poems; Night Garden: Poems from the World of Dreams

Woodson, Jacqueline, Locomotion

Wylie, Elinor

Yeats, William Butler