The Collection


A special emphasis of the Poetry Center's library is anthologies. The anthology section is subdivided into regions that represent poetry in translation and bilingual editions from diverse continents, countries, and cultures. We seek out anthologies that are edited or translated by significant poets, represent important historical movements in poetry, highlight underrepresented groups of U.S. and non-U.S. poets, and provide insight into the world of poetry at large in a way that single volumes cannot.

Anthologies of poets from the United States comprise about 25% of the collection.  In the U.S. section you’ll find anthologies highlighting specific regions: California Poetry, Bay Poetics, Arizona Anthem; schools of poetry and poetry movements: The Beat Book, Cowboy Poetry, The Moderns, Postmodern American Poetry; and poetry focused on specific subjects: Poems for Architects; Doing Time: 25 Years of Prison Writing.

Sections include African, African American, Asian American, Caribbean, Chicano/Latino, Chinese, Greek and Latin, Japanese, Korean, Latin American, LQBTQ, Middle Eastern, and Native American, to name just a few. There is also an extensive International section featuring anthologies that span several regions or cultures.

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