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200 Dogs in Lingerie
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202 Fresh Oil, Loose Gravel
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203 The Dream of the Unified Fi...
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204 Stanzas in Meditation
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205 Tell Me
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206 Corpse Delectable
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207 Opened Ground: Selected Poe...
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208 The Days Run Away Like Wild...
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209 American Flamingo
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210 Midwinter Day
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211 The World's Wife
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211 Civil War Poetry and Prose
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213 Poems Seven: New and Comple...
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214 Selected Poems
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214 The Country Between Us
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216 The Temple: The Poetry of G...
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217 Renascence and Other Poems
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218 The Kalevala
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218 The Wild Iris
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 3,165 ratings
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218 Satan Says (Pitt Poetry Ser...
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221 The Narrow Road to the Deep...
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222 The Complete Poems
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223 Words Under the Words: Sele...
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224 Poems, 1965-1975
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225 The Song of Roland
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226 A Tear and a Smile
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227 The Complete Odes and Epodes
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228 Singularities
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228 On the Bus With Rosa Parks
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230 Selected Poems
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231 Collected Poems
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232 War Music: An Account of Bo...
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233 Love Poems of Elizabeth and...
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234 The Poet's Companion: A Gui...
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234 Poems and Other Writings (L...
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234 The Wasteland, Prufrock and...
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237 Caressed by an Elfin Breeze...
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238 Lighthead
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239 Kings of the Fucking Sea
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240 Poesía completa
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240 In the Eyes of a Military Wife
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240 Poems for the Hazara: A Mul...
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240 We Walk Alone
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244 Listen!
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244 Icarus and Other Poems
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246 Micro Musings
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247 The Portable Beat Reader
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248 Crossing the Water
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249 The Axion Esti (The Pitt Po...
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249 The Dance Most of All: Poems
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251 The Art of Love
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252 What Is This Thing Called L...
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253 The Lives And Times Of Arch...
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253 The Sonnets
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253 Otherwise: New & Selected P...
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256 The New American Poetry, 19...
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257 Triangulating Happiness
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257 Falling Up
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259 Cruelty & Killing Floor
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259 Hell Soup: The Collected Wr...
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261 The Golden Gate
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261 Ill Lit
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261 All of Us: the Collected Poems
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264 The Raven
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265 The Leaf And The Cloud: A Poem
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265 Unscrambled Eggs
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265 The Trouble With Poetry - A...
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265 The Dream Police: Selected ...
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265 Full Force
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270 Chaos to Order and Back Aga...
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271 The Merchant of Venice
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271 Lessness and More
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273 The Half-Finished Heaven
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273 UniverSoul Reflections
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275 Complete Poems
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275 Songs of a Loving Heart-(Po...
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275 Final Harvest: Poems
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278 Tender Buttons
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278 Silent Dreams
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280 Fragment of the Head of a Q...
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280 New Selected Poems
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280 Looking For Holes In The Ce...
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283 Wilderness: The Lost Writin...
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284 The Book of Frank
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285 The Remaining Difficulty
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286 The Cinnamon Peeler: Select...
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286 The Golden Treasury of the ...
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286 A Deep and Gorgeous Thirst
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286 The Last Night of the Earth...
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290 I'm a Stranger Here Myself
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290 Lord Byron: The Major Works
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290 breathing room volume 2: rh...
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293 Mentality Listens
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294 The Desiderata of Happiness...
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294 A Season in Hell/The Drunke...
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294 Nothing Left to Lose
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297 Fresh
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298 T.S. Eliot Reads: The Waste...
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298 The Color of Dawn
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300 Mood Swings
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1,324 books · 1,474 voters · list created June 21st, 2008 by Jordan (votes) .
Tags: poems, poetry
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Comments (showing 1-23 of 23) (23 new)

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message 1: by Lea (new)

Lea I HAD to stop at fifteen. There were so many favorites, so little time!


message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

I have tried over 5 times to add Cracked by Alice Shapiro and it won't take here. If you are able to get it work please add this book for me. thanks


message 4: by Steven (last edited Sep 14, 2009 01:02AM) (new)

Steven Harbin Alice, Cracked - Timeless Topics of Nature, Courage and Endurance, by Alice Shapiro is on the list now, at 297 last time I checked. I was able to add it from my list of books...wouldn't come up at first though...see if you can vote on it now.Alice Shapiro


message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

Steven wrote: "Alice, Cracked - Timeless Topics of Nature, Courage and Endurance, by Alice Shapiro is on the list now, at 297 last time I checked. I was able to add it from my list of books...wouldn't come up a..."

Thanks Steve, I finally got back here to vote for her. I found this link again via book lady.




message 6: by Xenophon (new)

Xenophon Hendrix I'm surprised that some of the classic anthologies aren't ranked higher.


message 7: by John (new)

John Howard A Salute to Spanish Poetry: 100 Masterpieces from Spain and Latin America rendered into English verse by John Howard Reid


message 8: by Nicole (new)

Nicole yum


message 9: by Christine (new)

Christine Korda Being that Valentine's Day is just around the corner - now is the time to put together the list of poetry books you want...send them to your someone special so they know what to get you.

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message 10: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Luethje To Kill a Mockingbird

Since when was #138, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, a book of poetry?

It's prose fiction, and nothing but prose fiction.


message 11: by M. (new)

M. Sarki Interesting to me how Jack Gilbert and Eugenio Montale are still not known as well as they should be, at least among people who supposedly read poetry. Both of them great poets, and Jack is still alive. Also interesting that I only have one collection even rated of the so-called top 100 books so far listed. Probably why I hate poetry.


message 12: by Mick (new)

Mick I've added Langston Hughes and May Swenson because they need to be here.


message 13: by Tiffany (new)

Tiffany Tolbert "Lucky Charms" poetry by Poetess Tiffany Tolbert


message 14: by Beth A. (new)

Beth A. Just too many to go through...if your interested in a smallish group for sharing your own please join...
http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/6...


message 15: by Kitten Reads (new)

Kitten Reads I'm a newbie at poetry, so I'll look for these titles ;)


message 18: by Booklovinglady (last edited Mar 29, 2013 01:15AM) (new)

Booklovinglady I've added several poetry books but I've also deleted several novels: All of Jane Austen's novels, Salinger's 'The Catcher in the Rye', Melville's 'Moby Dick' and Mitchell's 'Gone with the Wind'.


message 19: by Roger (new)

Roger Penney I think it is imp[ossible to tell what is best. What are the criteria? For many folks it will come down to 'what I like'.
Poems are set in a context both near and remote and personal. It is like saying A scored higher on an IQ test so she is better than B.
It is true that there may be bad poetry as there are bad songs. "Raise high the flags, stand rank on rank together...and so on" Bad poetry and song because of the results. This is the Utilitarian view. But then put just those words and may some of the other verses into a different context and the poetry might be good. That is 'on the side of the angels'.
Robert Burns and Shakespeare are not mentioned. Why not they certainly compare with Milton and John Donne.
You have set us an impossible task.


message 20: by Booklovinglady (last edited Apr 18, 2013 03:37PM) (new)

Booklovinglady Roger wrote: "Robert Burns and Shakespeare are not mentioned. Why not they certainly compare with Milton and John Donne...."

Shakespeare's Sonnets was the first book in this Listopia I voted for (and 94 others voted for this books as well...).

I've also added The Complete Poems and Songs of Robert Burns.


message 21: by Sylvain (new)

Sylvain HEARTFELT BARING ALL (#5) only has 16 ratings but has 110 votes? Odd...


message 22: by AnnMarie (new)

AnnMarie Stone Sylvain wrote: "HEARTFELT BARING ALL (#5) only has 16 ratings but has 110 votes? Odd..."

My guess is because the votes it received weren't the first vote for that user. A #1 vote will give a book 100 points, whereas a #100 vote will just give 1 point. Does that make sense?


message 23: by AnnMarie (new)

AnnMarie Stone Can anyone tell me why my own poetry book may have been removed from this list? I had nearly 100 votes before it was removed and I have not seen any reason why it was. Is it simply the opinion that it is too new to count?

Thank you!

Whispering Tears: A Book of Poetry


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