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The Best Poems of the English Language by Alissa Heyman
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Feb 10, 09

Read in February, 2009

Loved it, loved it. Admittedly I'm not the most experienced poetry-reader, but this pretty much seems like the Super Rockin' Awesome Collection to me (wonder why they didn't use THAT title...) I picked it up for $8 during a Borders special, then just left it in my car for months of those mom-moments when I was sitting around waiting for my kids to finish soccer, gymnastics, playing at the park, visiting the doctor oh-so-willingly, examining their bellybuttons, etc.

The poems are divided chronologically by author, including short bios for each poet, which I found interesting. The editor got a little slap-happy with the footnotes, at times pointing out the most obvious things in uber-annoying fashion, but the collection was still worth it. Poe and the great Bard remain my faves, but there were some new surprises I had never read (though you guys probably have).

Good poetry always make my skin vibrate. It's so visceral and exciting. Guess I'm kinda a junkie that way...

Happy rhyming! (or not, that's perfectly valid)

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