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Desk & Examination Copies

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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 by Aunt Lute

Resources for instructors and students for the study of works by Aunt Lute, notably Borderlands by Gloria Anzaldúa.

Teaching Guides by Litmus Press

Provide resources for instructors and students for the study of works published by Litmus Press, O Books, and The Post-Apollo Press. These free guides offer introductory information as well as detailed lesson planning ideas related to selected titles. 

Open Poetics by Litmus Press

A series of free, digital-critical editions of books in the Litmus Press catalogue, made in collaboration with CUNY's Manifold Scholarship. The titles are made with authors and editors, who curate a selection of contextual resources to accompany titles in the classroom. These materials are open-access and facilitate independent study, rather than provide prescriptive analysis.

Teaching guides 

Bluets by Maggie Nelson

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