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A guide for students of Marianne Taylor's LIT207 course.

Poetry-Specific Resources

Literature Resource Center
This is a database to which Kirkwood Libraries subscribes. Search by author or subject; once you've searched look at the left side for ways to limit your search. Searches many publications and databases for a wide variety of journal articles and criticism. If you're accessing this off-campus, you'll need to enter your k number and Eaglenet password. (IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE WITH THIS LINK, visit and click on Literature Resource Center or contact a librarian.) 

Modern American Poetry
Online journal from the Department of English at the University of Illinois. Has great collections of resources on many poets. 

The Poetry Archive
A rich resource with deep resources on many poets, sometimes including audio recordings and critical analysis. Click on "Poets" in the left top navigation and search for your poet. 

The Poetry Foundation
An organization dedicated to supporting the reading and writing of poetry. A great place to start here is the "Around the Web" link under "Resources".
Search for your poet in the upper left - you'll find a biography, links to poems, suggested similar poets, and more!

List of approved poets from Professor Taylor

Addonizio, Kim
Alexie, Sherman
Algarin, Miguel
Alvarez, Julia
Ammons, A.R.
Anzaldua, Gloria
Arnold, Matthew
Atwood, Margaret
Auden, W.H. 
Baca, Jimmy Santiago
Basho, Matsuo
Bidart, Frank
Bishop, Elizabeth
Blake, William
Bly, Robert
Bogan, Louise
Bradstreet, Anne
Bronte, Emily
Brooks, Gwendolyn
Browning, Elizabeth Barrett
Browning, Robert
Burns, Robert
Buson, Yosa
Byron, Lord (George Gordon)
Carroll, Kenneth
Carroll, Lewis
Carson, Anne
Cherry, Kelly
Chin, Marilyn 
Ciardi, John
Cisneros, Sandra
Clampitt, Amy
Clifton, Lucille
Cofer, Judith Ortiz
Cohen, Leonard
Coleman, Wanda
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor
Collins, Billy
Cullen, Countee
Cummings, E.E. 
Cunningham, J.V.
Dickey, William
Dickinson, Emily
Donne, John
Doty, Mark
Dove, Rita
Dryden, John
Dugan, Alan
Dunbar, Paul Laurence
Dunn, Stephen
Eliot, T.S.
Erdich, Louise
Espaillat, Rhina
Evans, Mari
Fauset, Jesse Redmon
Fearing, Kenneth
Forche, Carolyn
Frost, Robert
Funkhouser, Erica
Ginsberg, Allen
Giovanni, Nikki 
Gluck, Louise
Gonzalez, Ray
Goodison, Lorna
Gregg, Linda
Grimke, Angelina Weld
Hacker, Marilyn
Hahn, Kimiko
Hall, Donald
Hardy, Thomas
Harjo, Joy
Hass, Robert
Hayden, Robert
Hazo, Samuel
Heaney, Seamus
Hecht, Anthony
Herbert, George
Heron, Gil Scott
Herrera, Juan Felipe
Herrick, Robert
Hirsch, Edward
Hirshfield, Jane
Hollander, John
Hopkins, Gerard Manley
Housman, A.E.
Howe, Marie
Hudgins, Andrew
Hughes, Langston 
Inada, Lawson Fusao
Issa, Kobayashi
Jarrell, Randall
Jenkins, Louis
Johnson, Helene
Jonson, Ben
Justice, Donald
Keats, John
Kenyon, Jane
Kinnell, Galway
Komunyakaa, Yusef
Kumin, Maxine
Landis, J.D.
Larkin, Philip
Last Poets, The
Laux, Dorianne
Lawrence, D.H.  
Lazarus, Emma
Lear, Edward
Lee, Li-Young
Levertov, Denise
Li, Chen
Lim, Shirley Geok-Lin
Lorde, Audre
Lowell, Amy
Lynch, Thomas
MacLeish, Archibald
Marlowe, Christopher
Marvell, Andrew
Mathis, Cleopatra
Mayer, Gerda
McKay, Claude
Merrill, James 
Merwin, W.S.
Mew, Charlotte
Millay, Edna St. Vincent
Milosz, Czeslaw
Milton, John
Mistral, Gabriella
Moore, Marianne
Muldoon, Paul
Nelson, Marilyn
Nemerov, Howard
Neruda, Pablo
Nye, Naomi Shihab
Olds, Sharon
Oliver, Mary
Osherow, Jacqueline
Owen, Wilfred
Paley, Grace
Parker, Dorothy
Pastan, Linda
Paz, Octavio
Peacock, Molly
Perdomo, Willie
Perrine, Laurence
Piercy, Marge
Pinsky, Robert
Plath, Sylvia
Poe, Edgar Allan
Pope, Alexander
Pound, Ezra
Raleigh, Sir Walter
Randall, Dudley
Reed, Henry
Rich, Adrienne
Rilke, Rainer Maria
Rios, Alberto Alvaro
Robinson, Edwin Arlington
Roethke, Theodore
Rose, Wendy
Rossetti, Christina
Salter, Mary Jo
Sanchez, Sonia
Sandburg, Carl 
Satyamarti, Carole
Schnackenburg, Gjertrud
Sexton, Ann
Shakespeare, William
Sheehan, Julie
Shelley, Percy Bysshe
Shore, Jane
Sidney, Sir Phillip
Smith, Marc
Song, Cathy
Soto, Gary
Stafford, William
Stevens, Wallace
Sward, Robert
Teasdale, Sara
Tennyson, Lord, Alfred 
Thomas, Dylan
Toomer, Jean
Trethewey, Natasha
Troupe, Quincy
Wakoski, Diane
Waldman, Anne
Wheatley, Phyllis
Whitman, Walt
Wilbur, Richard
Willard, Nancy
Williams, C.K.
Williams, William Carlos
Wojahn, David
Wordsworth, William
Wright, James
XYZ, Emily 
Yeats, William Butler
Young, Al
Young, Kevin 


Greetings and welcome to the Forms of Literature: Poetry LibGuide! 

Literature: Craft and Voice TextOn this page you'll find several things to help you complete your research paper. On the left are poetry-specific resources, and below that the list of approved poets about which you can write. Below this box, you'll find more information on how to use the many resources at your Kirkwood Library and general writing resources to help you craft an excellent paper. Please don't hesitate to stop by a library at any time for detailed research help. Library hours, as well as information on how to call, email, or instant message a reference librarian are here:, as well as in the "Ask A Librarian" box to the right. a box to the right. 

Happy researching and writing! 

General Writing Resources

Iowa City Kirkwood Writing Center 

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Tips on Procrastination and Writing from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Writing Center (You can see other helpful writing handouts from UNC here)

How to successfully revise your prose from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Other Guides You May Find Helpful

Citation Guides
Learn how to cite resources of all kinds in MLA, APA, or Chicago Style. 

Finding Newspaper Articles through Kirkwood Libraries
This resource will help you find newspaper articles using the tools available to Kirkwood students through the library.  

What are Scholarly Journal Articles? 
Learn about the various kinds of research available and when to use what kind of resource. 

Evaluating Web Resources
Learn how to evaluate web-based resources for use in scholarly research.

Interlibrary Loan
A step-by-step guide on requesting books and articles from other libraries 

Further resources at the Kirkwood Library

Did you know that there is one-on-one, personalized help available to you from a librarian? You'll not only walk away with a LOT of information for your research paper, but you'll learn something about the research process. All of Kirkwood's reference librarians have Master's degrees in Library and Information Science and are here to help you!

The libraries can offer you:

  • Books! Search the library catalog here:
  • Inter-library loan (ILL): If Kirkwood doesn't own a book, we can either find it at another local library (Iowa City or Cedar Rapids public libraries) or request the book via ILL. You can search the "world catalog", or WorldCat, on your own, too. To do so, use the following link:
  • Research databases: Kirkwood subscribes to many research databases that collect information from scholarly journals, newspapers, magazines, and myriad other print and electronic resources. The most relevant for poetry is Literature Resource Center, which is also linked and explained above in "Poetry-Specific Resources." 
  • Consultation with a professional librarian: never hesitate to ask a reference librarian for help. It's our job to make sure you're successful in research and school!

We offer other services such as computers, laptop check-out, meeting rooms, and more. See our Borrowing Materials page for more! 

Ask a Librarian

Cedar Rapids Campus Library
       Phone: 319-398-5697
       Toll-free 866-452-8504

Iowa City Campus Library
       Phone: 319-887-3613