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Books for
Teaching Poetry

Canadian Books on Teaching Poetry
Canadian and Other Books on Writing Poetry
Poetry Anthologies Reflecting the Canadian Mosaic

Although some excellent titles in the following lists are out of print, most
should still be available in university and major public libraries.

Canadian Books on Teaching Poetry
  1. Booth, David, and Bill Moore. Poems Please! Sharing Poetry with Children. Markham, Ontario: Pembroke Publishers Limited, 1988.

  2. Graves, Donald H. Explore Poetry. Toronto: Irwin Publishing (Heinemann), 1992.

  3. McNeil, Florence, ed. When Is a Poem: Creative Ideas for Teaching Poetry Collected from Canadian Poets. Toronto: The League of Canadian Poets, 1980.

  4. Parsons, Les, Poetry, Themes & Activities: Exploring the Fun and Fantasy of Language. Markham, Ontario: Pembroke Publishers, 1992.

  5. Rosen, Michael. Did I Hear You Write? Richmond Hill, Ontario: Scholastic-TAB Publications, 1989.

  6. Struthers, Betsy, and Sarah Klassen, eds. Poets in the Classroom: The League of Canadian Poets. Markham, Ontario: Pembroke Publishers, 1995.

  7. Swede, George, ed. The Universe Is One Poem: Four Poets Talk Poetry - Penn Kemp, Ted Plantos, George Swede, Yvonne Trainer. Toronto: Simon & Pierre, 1990.

Canadian and Other Books on Writing Poetry

  1. Deutsch, Babette. Poetry Handbook: A Dictionary of Terms. New York: Barnes & Noble, 1982.

  2. Fussell, Paul. Poetic Meter & Poetic Form. Revised Edition. New York: Random House, 1979.

  3. Goldberg, Natalie. Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within. Boston: Shambhala, 1998.

  4. Herrnstein Smith, Barbara. Poetic Closure: A Study of How Poems End. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1968.

  5. Ioannou, Susan. A Magical Clockwork: The Art of Writing the Poem. Toronto: Wordwrights Canada, 2000.

  6. Jerome, Judson. The Poet's Handbook. Cincinnati: Writer's Digest Books, 1986.

  7. Lilburn, Tim, ed. Poetry and Knowing: Speculative Essays and Interviews. Kingston, Ontario: Quarry Press, 1995.

  8. Meyer, Bruce, and Brian O'Riordan. In Their Words: Interviews with Fourteen Canadian Writers. Toronto: House of Anansi Press, 1984.

  9. Norris, Ken, and Peter Van Toorn, eds. The Insecurity of Art: Essays on Poetics. Montreal: Vehicule Press, 1982.

  10. Pinsky, Robert. The Sounds of Poetry: A Brief GuideNew York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998.

  11. Pound, Ezra. The ABC of Reading. New York: New Directions, 1960.

  12. Riccio, Ottone M. The Intimate Art of Writing Poetry. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall Inc., 1980.

  13. Rico, Gabriele Lusser. Writing the Natural Way. Revised Edition. Los Angeles: J.P. Tarcher, Inc., 2000.

  14. Skelton, Robin. The Poet's Calling. New York: Barnes & Noble, 1975.

  15. Sternberg, Janet, ed. The Writer on Her Work. Vol. I. Revised Edition. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2000.

  16. Sternberg, Janet, ed. The Writer on Her Work: New Essays in New Territory. Vol. II. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1992.

  17. Twigg, Alan. Strong Voices: Conversations with 50 Canadian Authors. Madeira Park, B.C.: Harbour Publishing, 1988.

Poetry Anthologies Reflecting the Canadian Mosaic

  1. A/Long Prairie Lines: An Anthology of Long Prairie Poems, ed. Daniel Lenoski. Winnipeg: Turnstone Press, 1989.

  2. An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English, eds. Daniel David Moses, Terry Goldie. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1998.

  3. An Anthology of Steam Railroad Poetry, ed. Michael D. Gee. Prince George, B.C.: Mass Market Paperback, 1987.

  4. The Atlantic Anthology: Poetry, ed. Fred Cogswell. Charlottetown: Ragweed Press, 1984.

  5. Barbed Lyres: Canadian Venomous Verse, ed. Margaret Atwood. Toronto: Key Porter Books, 1990.

  6. Canada in Us Now: The First Anthology of Black Poetry and Prose in Canada, ed. Harold Head. Toronto: NC Press, 1976.

  7. Canadian Haiku Anthology, ed. George Swede. Toronto: Three Trees Press, 1979.

  8. Celebrating Canadian Women: Prose and Poetry by and about Women, ed. Greta Hofmann Nemiroff. Toronto: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1989.

  9. Daughters of the Sun, Women of the Moon: An Anthology of Canadian Black Women Poets, ed. Ann Wallace. Stratford, Ontario: Williams-Wallace, 1991.

  10. Draft: An Anthology of Prairie Poetry, ed. Dennis Cooley. Winnipeg/Downsview, Ontario: Turnstone Press/ECW Press, 1984.

  11. D'Sonoqua: An Anthology of Women Poets of British Columbia, ed. Ingrid Klassen. Vancouver: Intermedia Press, 1979.

  12. Esprit de Corps: Quebec Poetry of the Late Twentieth Century in Translation, eds. Louise Blouin, Bernard Pozier, D.G. Jones. Winnipeg: The Muses' Company, 1997.

  13. Essential Words: An Anthology of Jewish Canadian Poetry, ed. Seymour Mayne. Ottawa: Oberon Press, 1985.

  14. From a Chosen Land: A Dutch-Canadian Anthology of Poetry and Prose, ed. Hendrika Ruger. Windsor: Netherlandic Press, 1986.

  15. Full Moon: An Anthology of Canadian Women Poets, eds. Janice LaDuke, Steve Luxton. Dunvegan, Ontario/Montreal: Quadrant Editions, 1983.

  16. Green Snow: An Anthology of Canadian Poets of Asian Origin, ed. Stephen Gill. Second Edition. Cornwall: Vesta Publications, 1993.

  17. Italian Canadian Voices: An Anthology of Poetry & Prose (1946-1983), ed. Caroline Di Giovanni. Oakville, Ontario: Mosaic Press, 1984.

  18. Jerusalem: An Anthology of Jewish Canadian Poetry, eds. Glen Rotchin, Seymour Mayne. Montreal: Vehicule Press, 1996.

  19. The Last Blewointment Anthology: 1963-1983, ed. Bill Bissett. Two Volumes. Toronto: Nightwood Editions, 1986.

  20. The Long Poem Anthology, ed. Michael Ondaatje. Toronto: Coach House Press, 1979.

  21. Many Voices: An Anthology of Contemporary Canadian Indian Poetry, eds. David Day, Marilyn Bowering. Vancouver: J.J. Douglas, 1977.

  22. The Maple Laugh Forever: An Anthology of Canadian Comic Poetry, ed. Douglas Barbour. Edmonton: Hurtig, 1981.

  23. The New Oxford Book of Canadian Verse in English, ed. Margaret Atwood. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1984.

  24. Not to Rest in Silence: A Celebration of People's Poetry, ed. Ted Plantos. Hamilton: Unfinished Monument Press, 1996.

  25. Our Bit of Truth: An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature, ed. Agnes Grant. Winnipeg: Pemmican Publications, 1990.

  26. Poems of the Inuit, ed. John Robert Colombo. Ottawa: Oberon Press, 1981.

  27. Reconcilable Differences: The Changing Face of Poetry by Canadian Men Since 1970, ed. Christopher Wiseman. Calgary: Bayeux Arts, 1994.

  28. Relations: Family Portraits, ed. Kenneth Sherman. Oakville, Ontario: Mosaic Press, 1986.

  29. Roman Candles: An Anthology of Poems by Seventeen Italo-Canadian Poets, ed. Pier Giorgio Di Cicco. Toronto: Hounslow Press, 1978.

  30. Seaway Valley Poets: Anthology, eds. Roland C. Harnel, Stephen Gill. Cornwall, Ontario: Vesta Publications, 1975.

  31. Section Lines: A Manitoba Anthology, ed. Mark Duncan. Winnipeg: Turnstone Press, 1988.

  32. Shakti's Words: An Anthology of South Asian Canadian Women's Poetry, eds. Dianne McGifford, Judith Kearns. Second Edition. Toronto: TSAR, 1993.

  33. Soldier Poetry of the Second World War: An Anthology, eds. Jane Morgan, Walter Morgan. Oakville, Ontario: Mosaic Press, 1992.

  34. Swallowing Clouds: An Anthology of Chinese-Canadian Poetry, eds. Andy Quan, Jim Wong-Chu. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 1999.

  35. The Third Taboo: A Collection of Poems on Jealousy, eds. Maria Jacobs, Heather Cadsby. Toronto: Wolsak & Wynn, 1983.

  36. Through the Smoky End Boards: Canadian Poetry about Sport & Games, eds. Kevin Brooks, Shawn Brooks. Vancouver: Polestar Book Publishers, 1996.

  37. Tracing One Warm Line: Poetry of Canada, ed. Elisabeth Mouland. St. John's, Newfoundland: Breakwater, 1994.

  38. Vancouver Island Poems: Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, ed. Robert Sward. Victoria: Soft Press, 1973.

  39. Western Windows: A Comparative Anthology of Poetry in British Columbia. Vancouver: CommCept Publishers, 1977.

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