The Pocket Book of Modern Verse
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The Pocket Book of Modern Verse

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English and American poetry from the mid 1800s to the late 1960s, from Walt Whitman to Dylan Thomas. More than 500 great modern poems.
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Published January 3rd 1979 by Pocket (first published 1954)
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I found this book in a barn of a used bookstore, smelling like a used book. It's falling apart (I've taped the cover back on, but the edges are gone). A couple of authors on the inside cover have mustaches drawn on and there are banal notes on a few poems. But I love it. I love it more for all that. It's an amazing set of poems. I've said before and mean it, that if I had only one book of poems it would be this one.
John Freeman
For a while, my poetry shelf consisted of three books: this one, Contemporary American Poetry, edited by A Poulin, and Norton's World Poetry. After Twenty-five years, I wore out the first two, which were paperback/softcover editions. However, I've recently reacquired both.

Neither represent poets who are Modern or Contemporary, by today's standards. But that doesn't mean they don't rate a spot on every poetry lovers bookshelf.
Hannah Johnson
I found I enjoyed a ridiculous of the percentage of poems in this book considering it is an anthology. This book has opened the world of poetry for me single-handedly to poets such as WH Auden, EE Cummings, John Masefield, Robinson Jeffers, Marianne Moore, Louise Bogan, Alex Comfort, Frank O'Hara, and Bill Knottand provided fine examples of each artist's work. May not be too exciting for the established poetry reader as there are only a few perhaps well-known examples of each poets' work, but yo...more
Erik Graff
May 03, 2010 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: poetry fans
Recommended to Erik by: Richard A. Hyde
Shelves: poetry
Richard Hyde and I went to high school together, were freshman roommates at Grinnell College and overlapped for three years as students at Union Theological Seminary. We were close in high school, closer still by the time we were in graduate school.

One of the ways in which Richard and I interacted was to share music and poetry. He was the more arts oriented, so most of the selections were made by him. He also had the fancy sound system while I had only an alarm radio. This book was one in his pe...more
I own SUCH an old edition of this it's not even funny! :) It's falling apart both from being old and from all the times I've read through it. Every time, though, I discover something new! I LOVE this book!!!!! Sheer, complex, ever-changing beauty :):):)
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