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LibGuide for Sandra Graff's English 223 class Fall 2013
Last Updated: Apr 20, 2015 URL: http://libguides.sunyorange.edu/graff223 Print Guide RSS Updates

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  • Andy Heiz andrew.heiz @ sunyorange.edu

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SOARS Conference

Participate in the SUNY Orange Achievements in Research and Scholarship conference. You can present your research to fellow SUNY Orange students and faculty this December. Visit the SOARS home page for more details.

Finding information about Contemporary Poets and Poetry

Contemporary American Poetry defined its selection criteria as "poets born in 1920 and concluding with poets born in the 1970s."

Finding information about poets who are alive and still actively writing poems can be a challenge. You will need to get scholarly information for your assignments. "Finding stuff by Google" can lead you to information that is not reliable. You must pay careful attention and evaluate the website for its reliablity by comparing it to other information you find elsewhere. To help you I searched for reliable information about poets for this guide. It put my search skills to task as I evaluated Google results for you.

Much of what I found comes from Poets.org or PoetryFoundation.org. Try searching "poet's name" audio site:.edu to find archived audio from presentations poets offer at college campuses.

"Yusef Komunyakaa" audio site:.edu Try this link to get a Google search for audio of poet Yusef Komunyakaa.

Glossary of poetry terms for when you want to look up a word:

Many poets have their own web site that I linked to and there are many places to find audio of interviews and poetry readings. Use this guide as a starting piont for your web research. It is especially useful when you can't find information through the library's resources.

  • How to Read a Poem by Edward Hirsh
    Hirsh's advice first, find a good place and then let the poem speak...
    "Read a poem to yourself in the middle of the night. Turn on a lamp and read it while you’re alone or while someone sleeps next to you. Read it when you’re wide awake in the early morning, fully alert. Say it over to yourself in a place where silence reigns and the din of the culture—the constant buzzing noise that surrounds us—has momentarily stopped. This poem has come from a great distance to find you."
    Read the entire article at the link above.
  • Sherman Alexie interview on PBS
  • Can Poetry Matter? an essay by Dana Gioia
    Is contemporary American poetry the domain of a self chosen few or is it open to all? In the end Gioia states that poetry must escape from its subculture, "It is time to experiment, time to leave the well-ordered but stuffy classroom, time to restore a vulgar vitality to poetry and unleash the energy now trapped in the subculture."
  • Poetics glossary from Poets.org
    Use this glossary to learn about the vocabulary of describing poems. There are four sections that cover: terms, language, poetic devices, forms and meter.
  • Poetry Glossary from PoetryFoundation.org
    Search and browse for poetry terms.

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