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The World Is Full of Poetry: Books of Poems

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Sailing Alone Around the Room

Collins, Billy

811 COL

Former US Poet Laureate offers the lyric equivalent of a best hits album.

The Collected Poems of Amy Clampitt

Clampitt, Amy

811 CLA

Late distinguished American poet with a style that ran “counter to the prevailing taste for pared-down, plain speech.”

On Wings of Song

McClatcht, J.D., editor

811 MCC

Edited collection of poems about birds for spring.

Selected Poems of Langston Hughes

Hughes, Langson

811 HUG


A classic collection of poems by a master of American verse.

White Apples and the Taste of Stone

Hall, Donald

811 HAL

A collection by much honored former US and New Hampshire Poet Laureate.


Berry, Wendell

811 BER

Poems by environmental activist, farmer, cultural critic and poet, perhaps best known for his poem, The Peace of Wild Things.

Americans’ Favorite Poems

Pinsky, Robert, editor



A collection edited by former poet laureate, Robert Pinsky that draws from his Favorite Poem Project.

Poems Seven

Dugan, Alan

811 DUG

Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner’s last collection: called in his NY Times obit “The Barbed Poet of Life’s Profundities”.

To New Jersey With Love and Apologies

Clift, Elayne

811 CLI

Local Vermont intersperses poems with essays about growing up Jewish in small town 1950s America.

Other People, Other Lands

Clift, Elayne

811 CLI

Another volume by Clift.

Fire Inside The Fur

Ellsworth, Priscilla Wear

811 ELL

First collection from Connecticut poet twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize for her poems.

She Walks In Beauty

Kennedy, Caroline, editor

808.81 KEN

Collection of poems about womanhood selected and introduced by Caroline Kennedy.

A Cartography of Peace

Connor, Jean

811 CON

A slim volume by a retired librarian living in Vermont, written between her 75th and 85th year.


deNiord, Chard



Former Poet Laureate of Vermont and West West resident.

The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

Dickinson, Emily



Poems by one of the world’s most famous poets.

Poetry 180

Collins, Billy

811.608 POE

Edited and introduced by Billy Collins and inspired by his Poem-A-Day program.

Blue Horses

Oliver, Mary



A collection by the master of close attention: beloved poet Mary Oliver.


Oliver, Mary

811.54 OLI

Another volume from a poet not afraid to shed the pretense of academic poetry.


Oliver, Mary

811.54 OLV

This volume by Oliver contains poems and prose poems.

What Do We Know

Oliver, Mary

811 OLV

More poems and prose poems.

The Poetry of Robert Frost

Frost, Robert

811 FRO


One of America’s greatest poets.

The Norton Anthology of Poetry


821.009 NOR

From Beowulf to Louise Erdrich—this is a vast anthology.  

The Best Poems of the English Language

Bloom, Harold, editor


Six centuries of British and American poetry edited and introduced by Bloom.

Opened Ground

Heaney, Seamus

821 HEA

Nobel Prize winner and Irish poet.

In this Moment, Passing

Karpin, Florence Baker

VT 811 KAR

Grafton’s own poet.

Another Time, Another Place

Karpin, Florence Baker

VT 811 KAR

Another volume by Karpin. J

Before Life Hurries On

Field, Sabra and Jenepher Lingelbach

VT 811.54


A collaboration by Vermont artist Sabra Field and Vermont naturalist poet Lingelbach.

Vermont Voices: An Anthology


VT 820 VER

A collection by Members of the League of Vermont Writers that includes poetry.

Collected Poems


Eliot, T.S.

811 ELI

You’ve probably heard of him. Eliot’s poems “explore the subtleties of the unconscious with a caustic wit.”

Leaves of Grass

Whitman, Walt

811 WHI

You’ve probably heard of this poet too. This is his classic work. It is daunting, but start with “I Sing the Body Electric” or “I Hear America Singing.”

Various collections upstairs

Shakespeare, Robert Burns, Elizabeth Barret Browning, Emerson…


Ask me about what is housed upstairs at the library…