Check out the reviews and recommendations from Claudia Emerson’s Creative Writing class. Featuring everything from Yusef Komunyakaa’s Neon Vernacular to Edwin Arnold’s Fear of Death and Other Poems to Nikki Giovanni’s Love Poems. And we can’t forget The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, and that’s just a few samples. See them all here.
A particular favorite of mine is Hillaire Belloc’s Cautionary Tales for Children. Given the anestheticized and inane children’s books you often come across today, it’s nice to see that in the 19th century the macabre was alive and well. Take a listen to a little poem about “JIM, Who ran away from his Nurse, and was eaten by a Lion.”
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