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Popular and Recommended Books for Classes

Pedagogical Resources


Duration offers out-of-print small press titles in PDF archival format, as well as international authors' profiles for a cross-cultural and multilingual study of contemporary poetry.


Housed at the University of Utah, Eclipse features archival editions of influential small press titles from mid- to late-20th century American poetry.

Electronic Poetry Center

SUNY-Buffalo's Poetics Program was among the first to gather, in this critically acclaimed site, pedagogical and other resources covering a wide range of recent poetries.

Women's Studies Resources

A compendium of links and resources compiled by Karla Tonella at the University of Iowa.


PennSound is an ongoing project, committed to producing new audio recordings and preserving existing audio archives.

Teaching guides 

Bluets by Maggie Nelson

Young Tambling by Kate Greenstreet

The Word Pretty by Elisa Gabbert

Wild Milk by Sabrina Orah Mark

Short Talks: Brick Books Classics 1 by Anne Carson

The Grey Islands: Brick Books Classics 2 by John Steffler

Riffs: Brick Books Classics 3 by Dennis Lee

A Really Good Brown Girl: Brick Books Classics 4 by Marilyn Dumont

Hard Light: Brick Books Classics 5 by Michael Crummey

Wittgenstein Elegies: Brick Books Classics 6 by Jan Zwicky

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