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301 Scary, No Scary
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302 A Tear and a Smile
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 2,081 ratings
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303 Not So Fast Robespierre
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5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 9 ratings
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304 A Child's Garden of Verses
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 14,838 ratings
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305 The Complete Poems of Carl ...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 883 ratings
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306 The Babies
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 129 ratings
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307 On the Bus With Rosa Parks
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 137 ratings
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307 Big Bright Sun
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4.57 of 5 stars 4.57 avg rating — 30 ratings
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309 The Lady of the Lake
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 593 ratings
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309 Renascence and Other Poems
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311 Winter Stars
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4.54 of 5 stars 4.54 avg rating — 252 ratings
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312 Poems and Songs
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 779 ratings
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313 Belonging: New Poetry by Ir...
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314 The Wellspring
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 642 ratings
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315 Pieces of Me
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316 The Maximus Poems
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 609 ratings
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316 The Brother Swimming Beneat...
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318 Averno
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 889 ratings
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319 The Lucky Boy
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 12 ratings
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320 Traveling Through The Dark
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320 White Elephant
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 5 ratings
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322 Selected Odes
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323 The Black Unicorn: Poems
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323 Rilke's Book of Hours: Love...
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323 Monolithos: Poems, 1962 and...
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326 What to Say to Death
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327 Love and Other Collisions
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328 Refusing Heaven
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 747 ratings
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328 Bone Silence
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4.62 of 5 stars 4.62 avg rating — 21 ratings
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330 Nature: Poems Old and New
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 47 ratings
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331 The Broken Wings
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332 The Tent
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332 On the Blue Shore of Silenc...
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334 Romantic Poetry: 150 Poems ...
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334 Dreaming My Animal Selves/L...
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334 Micro Erotica
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337 The Art of Love
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337 The Charnel Rose, Senlin: a...
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339 Spionáin is Róiseanna
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339 Actual Air
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339 Paradise Lost and Paradise ...
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339 Turning a Train of Thought ...
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339 The Mind
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339 A World of Terror (ASMSG Co...
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345 Treason
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345 The Complete Poems
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345 You Get So Alone at Times T...
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345 Wszystkie wiersze
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 99 ratings
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345 The Riverside Chaucer
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350 Falling Up
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351 The New Oxford Book of Amer...
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351 Early Writings
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351 Loose Woman
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351 Telling Time by the Shadows
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351 Spring Water
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356 Poems Retrieved
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356 The Missing Piece
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358 Spring Essence: The Poetry ...
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358 Rooms for Rent in the Outer...
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358 Moments Falling Open
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358 Loba
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358 Selected Poems
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358 The Collected Poems of Albe...
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358 Disenchanted and Disgruntled
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365 Lilies Without
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365 Poems
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365 Empty Shoes: Poems on the H...
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365 Residence on Earth
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369 Winter Sky: New and Selecte...
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370 The Great Enigma: New Colle...
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370 Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
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372 Donkey Gospel
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372 Collected Poems: 1945-1990 ...
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374 One Hundred and One Poems b...
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374 The Name of the Rose
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376 Mr. Feathers Flies Again
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376 B Is for Bad Poetry
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376 The Republic of Poetry
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376 Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
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376 The Casting of Bells
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376 Shroud of the Gnome
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376 TheWhitsun Weddings
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376 The Polar Express
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384 The Weight of Oranges / Min...
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384 Book of Longing
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384 All of Us: the Collected Poems
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384 The Raven
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384 Space, in Chains
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389 The Old English Elegies: A ...
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390 The Dead and the Living
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390 Suspension of a Secret in A...
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390 The Complete Poems
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393 White
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393 Slamming Open the Door
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395 Winter Garden
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395 The Herald
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395 Play the Piano Drunk Like a...
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395 Antologia Poetica
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399 Water for Elephants
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400 The Separate Rose
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Tags: poems, poetry
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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 Pankeka (new)

Pankeka 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...


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