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Browse our reviews and recommended lists of poetry books, audio and video poetry recordings, and films about poets and poetry, and follow our selected links to explore online archives of poem texts, audio and video poetry.
  1. Poetry Book Reviews (5)
  2. Audio Poetry (38)
  3. Poetry Film & Video Poetry (22)
  4. Films about Poets & Poetry (8)

Scientific Poetry, Poetic Science
It’s a commonplace that poetry and science are separate realms, poets and scientists in some way adversaries, but in reality these two ways of apprehending the world are linked by metaphorical thought. Both ways of thinking start from particular, specific detail to arrive at their broader, deeper understanding. Here are books we recommend by a few of the many contemporary poets who have been inspired by scientific topics.

Guide Picks – Collections of Love Poems
From the very beginnings of human culture, poets have provided the words people use to express love both sacred and sexual. Here are anthologies and single poet collections of love poetry, classic and contemporary, from ancient and modern cultures all over the world, recommended by your guide. Choose one as a gift for the person you love, or...

Best Poetry Books in 2010 - Readers Share Their Choices of the Best Poetry...
Tell us about your favorite of the poetry books you discovered in 2010.

Poetry Picks — The Best Books of 2010
While there are a few sources of reviews of small press poetry books, I still like to see a whole slew of ’em floating around online. Thus the Annual About.com Poetry Picks.... This year’s list in memory of Captain Beefheart, Tuli Kupferberg, Jim Carroll, Leslie Scalapino, Peter Orlovsky, Janine Pommy Vega. “Where have all the poets gone?” “I...

Poetry Picks — The Best Books of 2009
Bob Holman’s choices of the best poetry books published in 2009: Amber Tamblyn, Adrienne Su, Anne Waldman, Ann Lauterbach, Cynthia Kraman, Susan Wheeler, Erica Kaufman, Rob Fitterman, Derek Fenner, Derek C. Brown, CA Conrad, Tom Healy, Rachel McKibbens, Adeena Karasick, Beau Sia, Ed Sanders, Breyten Breytenbach, Mahmoud Darwish, Rodrigo Toscano,...

Classic Poems Set to Music—CDs
Since there have been poems, composers and songwriters have set them to music. Here is a selection of the best contemporary CDs on which classic poems are set to music, old poems made into new songs.

The Best and the Worst Songs Made from Poems
Readers review recordings of songs that started out as poems.

Before You Buy Poetry Books
A summary of things you need to think about when adding to your personal library of poetry books.

Poetry Picks: The Best Books of 2007
This was Alice Notley’s Year -- we just called it 2007, but two of her books entered the world this year. And two big books on two big but generally overlooked Heroes of the Beats, Helen Adam and Philip Whalen, made a deliciously illogical sense in this, the Year of the Continuing Break-down of US Democracy.

National Book Critics Circle award nominees in poetry, 2006
The five poetry books selected by the National Book Critics Circle as the best published in 2006, with links to purchase them online.

Poetry Picks: The Best Books of 2006
2006, Good Year, Poetry... Poetry Guide Bob Holman shines his spotlight back across the year to find the best poetry books published in 2006.

National Book Award finalists in poetry, 2006
The five poetry books selected by the National Book Foundation as finalists for the 2006 National Book Awards, which recognizes the best books written by Americans in fiction, nonfiction, poetry & young people's literature.

Northern California Book Award nominees in poetry, 2006
The six poetry books selected by Northern California book reviewers as the best by Northern California poets published in 2005, with links to purchase them online.

National Book Critics Circle award nominees in poetry, 2005
The five poetry books selected by the National Book Critics Circle as the best published in 2005, with links to purchase them online.

How to put together a poetry manuscript for publication
A simple step-by-step outline to help you gather your poems in manuscript form for submission to publishers or publication contests.

Poetry Picks: More of the Best Books of 2005
2005 was truly a great year in poetry, and your Guide Bob Holman’s long list of sure fires -- must reads, books that sing, dance & change you -- wouldn’t all fit in one top ten list. So here are more of the best books of 2005, in no particular order.

Poetry Picks: The Best Books of 2005
2005 was truly a great year in poetry, and your Guide Bob Holman has a long list of sure fires, must reads, books that sing, dance & change you, offered here in no particular order.

Poetry Picks: The Best of 2005
Bob Holman’s sure fires for the great year of poetry 2005, in no particular order -- Marvin X, Eliot Weinberger, Oscar Brown, Jr., Naropa Archives...

Poetry Books of the Year 2005: Two posthumous, two next-generation
The posthumous Collecteds of June Jordan and Ted Berrigan show the depth and resilience of the human spirit -- reading these books will shake you up and leave you ready to go to work and dream.

National Book Award finalists in poetry, 2005
The five poetry books selected by the National Book Foundation as finalists for the 2005 National Book Awards, which recognizes the best books written by Americans in fiction, nonfiction, poetry & young people's literature.

National Book Critics Circle award nominees in poetry
The five poetry books selected by the National Book Critics Circle as the best published in 2004, with links to purchase them online.

More Poetry Picks: The Best of 2004
Poetry Guide Bob Holman continues his personal tour of the poetry world in the year 2004 with more of the best books, recordings & events, the poetry you’ll want to remember: Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen...

Poetry Picks: The Best Books of 2004
Casting our eyes back across 2004 in the poetry world, Poetry Guides Bob Holman & Margy Snyder choose the best poetry books we’ve read during the past year, the ones you'll want to own & reread.

Poetry Picks: The Best of 2004
Casting his eye back across 2004 in the poetry world, Poetry Guide Bob Holman chooses the best books, recordings & events, the poetry you'll want to remember from the past year: Lenny Bruce, C.D. Wright, Kirmen Uribe, Youussou N’Dour, Brian Wilson...

Index of Featured Reviews
An index of our articles reviewing poetry collections & anthologies published as books or as performance CDs (also including our reviews of books about poetry).

Some Angels Wear Black: A review of Eli Coppola’s posthumous selected poems
Poetry Guide Margery Snyder reviews Some Angels Wear Black, selected poems by Eli Coppola, edited by David West & with an introduction by Michelle Tea (San Francisco: Manic D Press, 2005).

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