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In the library you will find American Poetry books
arranged on the stacks among the following sample call numbers:


Call Number

American Literature, 20th century  PS 221-228
American Literature Poetry  PS 301-PS 326
Collections of American Literature Poetry by form PS 593
Collections of American Literature Poetry by period PS 601-PS 617
Individual Authors 1900-1960 PS 3500-PS 3549
Individual Authors 1960-2000 PS 3550-PS 3576
Individual Authors 2001 PS 3600-PS 3626
United States History, Twentieth Century E 740-837.7
United States History, Later twentieth century, 1961-2000 E 838-889




Once you identify appropriate subject headings, you can perform Subject searches in the library catalog.  Start by searching the catalog by keyword. Use whatever terms you think best describe your topic. When you find a record that matches what you are looking for, view the record and see what subject headings were used. Then search again using that term as a subject search.
• American Poetry – 20th Century
• American Poetry – 20th Century –History and Criticism
• American Poetry – 20th Century – Collections
• American Poetry – Bibliography
• American Poetry – English Influences
• American Poetry – African American Authors
• American Poetry – New York (State) – New York
• American Poetry – Southern States
• American Poetry – Women Authors
• Whitman, Walt 1819-1892
• Dickinson, Emily 1830-1886 –Criticism and Interpretations
• Beat generation – poetry



  • Postmodern American poetry : a Norton anthology : PS615 .P669 1994
  • The Norton anthology of modern poetry : PS613 .N67 1988
  • American poetry in the twentieth century : PS323.5 .R4 1973
  • Oxford book of American verse ” PS583 .O82
  • Modern American poetry [and] Modern British poetry : PR1224 .U62 1950
  • New Oxford book of American verse : PS584 .N4
  • The treasury of American poetry : PS584 .T8 1993
  • The Vintage book of contemporary American poetry : PS615 .V46 1990
  • Under 35 : the new generation of American poets : PS615 .U53 1989
  • Fifty years of American poetry : PS613 .F5 1995
  • Postmodern American poetry : a Norton anthology : PS615 .P669 1994
  • 100 great poems by women : PS589 .O48 1995
  • American women poets : pioneers of modern poetry : PS151 .G6
  • The Oxford anthology of African-American poetry : PS591.N4 O97 2006
  • The garden thrives : twentieth-century African-American poetry : PS591.N4 G37 1996
  • Furious flower : African American poetry from the Black arts movement to the present : PS591 .N4 F87 2004
  • Shadowed dreams : women’s poetry of the Harlem Renaissance : PS591.N4 S54 2006
  • Asian American poetry : the next generation “PS591. A76 A83 2004
  • Touching the fire : fifteen poets of today’s Latino renaissance : PS591 .H58 T68
  • Triple crown : Chicano, Puerto Rican, and Cuban-American poetry : PS591.H58 T75 1987
  • The beat book : writings from the beat generation : PS614 1999




  • How to read a poem : PR502 .E23 2007
  • The making of a poem : PR1175 .M275 2000
  • The given and the made : strategies of poetic redefinition : PS323.5 .V39
  • the situation of poetry : contemporary poetry and its traditions : PS325 .P5
  • Contemporary poetry in America : essays and interviews : PS323.5 .C6


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  • Academy of American Poets: A resource from the Academy of American Poets
  • – Verse : a collection of poetry anthologies
  • Poetry and Literature (Library of Congress)
  • Poetry Society of America (PSA) : This organization for poets and readers is known for its annual awards, which include the Frost Medal and the Shelley Memorial Award. The site includes lists of Frost and Shelley award winners back to 1930, and poems by current award winners.
  • Modern American Poetry : A collection of over 150 poets that “includes excerpts from interesting analyses of poems, biographical information, relevant illustrations (such as book jackets, broadsides, paintings, drawings, comics, and photographs), manuscripts, drafts of poems.  For a list of poets covered in the site click here
  • The United States of Poetry : Companion to a 1996 Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) series that provided a “portrait of the country as seen through its language and poetry and was hailed as a major achievement by newspapers and periodicals.” View poet backgrounds, poems …