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Poetry Websites

The American Verse Project
This site, a searchable electronic archive of American poetry prior to 1920, is a collaborative project between the University of Michigan Humanities Text Initiative and the University of Michigan Press. All text, no audio, but the easy-to-use database is searchable by author, title, first line, keywords, and proximity and Boolean strategies.
 
Internet Public Library Teen Poetry Wiki
Teens can register for the wiki and then publish their own poetry. The site is monitored and inappropriate material is removed.
 
Steampunk
Advice on every aspect of writing and being published.
 
Teen Voices Magazine Online
Want to have your writing published? Try this site - geared toward girls.
 
Teen Ink
"Magazine, website and books written by teens since 1988."
 
Janet Wong
 
From the author of Night Garden: Poems from the World of Dreams and The Rainbow Hand Poems About Mothers and Children, this beautifully designed web site features subtle, impressionistic paintings and clear, well-laid-out text. Easy to navigate, it has a selection of stories and poems for students to read or to hear Wong read aloud. Audio clips can be easily downloaded. Appropriate for grades three through six.
 
Kristine O'Connell George
George is a critically acclaimed poet, author of The Great Frog Race and Other Poems (Clarion, 1997); Little Dog Poems (Clarion, 1999), an American Library Association Notable Book; and Little Dog with Little Dog and Duncan (Clarion, 2002). The site is a rich and generous source for students and teachers. The graphic presentation is attractive and easy to follow. The For Students section includes links to Middle School Musings, an online forum for kids to share their feelings about middle school; Tips for Young Poets; and plenty of poems, of course, to either read or listen to. Teachers will be pleased to discover George's teacher's guides to her titles, as well as ideas and links on teaching poetry.
 
Scholastic's WRITING WITH WRITERS--POETRY
 
This site provides an opportunity for students to become acquainted with three nationally renowned poets: Jack Prelutsky (grades 1-4), Karla Kuskin (grades 4-8), and Jean Marzollo (grades 2-5). Each author's pages provide a biography of the poet, an example of the work, and activities to get students writing. Students can hear Prelutsky read one of his poems and then follow his advice--through wordplay and object observation--to create works of their own. Kuskin sparks creativity by having students write descriptions, then provides questions to help them evaluate their work. Marzollo offers tips on the use of rhythm and rhyme. An extensive teacher's guide for each of the authors provides a curricular framework and objectives. Students may send in their own poetry to be selected for publication,
 
Surfing the Net With Kids: VIRTUAL POETRY
 
Syndicated newspaper columnist Barbara Feldman's commercial site contains this simple interactive game that mimics poetry created with magnets. Using their mouse, students can have fun moving around blue rectangles of cut-out words to create their own poetry. Unlike with the magnetic version, users can add their own words. Completed poems can be e-mailed to family and friends.
 
 
Bartleby.Com
 Named "Best Literary Resource" for 2002 by the editors of Yahoo! Internet Life Magazine, this free site contains thousands of poems by hundreds of authors. It lists several anthologies, including The Oxford Book of English Verse with 883 poems spanning six centuries of English-language poetry. The site indexes poems chronologically and by author, title, and first line. Advertising is not too intrusive.
 
Poets' Corner
With over 6700 works in English by 780 poets, the collection ranges from the best-known classics to obscure ballads in Middle English.
 
The Academy of American Poets
 The Academy of American Poets was founded in 1934 to "support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry." The Academy's Online Poetry Classroom (www.onlinepoetryclassroom.org) is an educational resource and online teaching community for high school teachers. It contains over 1200 poems, short biographies, selected bibliographies, and links In addition to curricular resources, it includes audio of 70 oft-anthologized 20th-century poets like W.H. Auden, John Berryman, Anne Sexton, and Gary Soto performing whole poems in RealAudio format.
 
Favorite Poem Project
 Perhaps the coolest poetry web site and proof of poetry's impact on everyday lives. Created by Robert Pinsky as his poet laureate special project, it features ordinary Americans reciting the poems that they love the most. Teens will enjoy watching these 50 Favorite Poem Videos, accompanied by the texts of the poems. There are two sections especially for teachers: Lessons and Projects and Poetry Across Disciplines. The site uses RealVideo extensively and includes some RealAudio as well.
 
Fooling With Words With Bill Moyer
 An extremely attractive, easy-to-navigate site from Thirteen/WNET and the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival--the largest poetry event in North America. The site presents 22 poets in powerful video clips. The site also provides biographies, selected poems, and interviews. Poet Peter Murphy, who teaches English and creative writing at Atlantic City High School, N J, has prepared three lesson plans for teachers, and a teacher's guide can be downloaded. Be sure to preview, as many poets address mature themes.
 
 
Poetry Daily
 A publication of the Daily Poetry Association, this anthology of contemporary poetry presents a new poem every day, culled from books, magazines, and journals currently in print. Poems are chosen from the work of a wide variety of poets published in the English language. Each posting contains biographical information. Previous entries are available for viewing.
 
POETRY 180
 Current Poet Laureate Billy Collins, an advocate of reading poetry aloud, has created a site for high school students on the Library of Congress site. It provides the texts of 180 poems by contemporary American poets that Collins has selected for each day of the school year. Also offered are suggestions for presenting each poem in a school setting, as well as guidance on how to read it aloud. "Just hearing well-written poems they don't have to analyze might convince students that poetry can be understandable, painless, and even an eye-opening part of their everyday experience," Collins says.
 
Teachers Writers Collaborative
 Teachers Writers Collaborative (TWC) was founded in 1967 by a group of writers and educators who believed that writers could make a unique contribution to the teaching of writing. TVVC brings writers and educators together in collaborations that explore the connections between writing and reading literature. Useful for both teachers and students, the site contains material on teaching techniques, poets, and the inspiration for writing. Poets Chat includes biographies and interviews with poets, as well as readings to download. Follow the WriteNet links to the unique interactive I Remember web project, where snippets of memories can be read or contributed.
 
Kristine O'Connell George
George is a critically acclaimed poet, author of The Great Frog Race and Other Poems (Clarion, 1997); Little Dog Poems (Clarion, 1999), an American Library Association Notable Book; and Little Dog with Little Dog and Duncan (Clarion, 2002). The site is a rich and generous source for students and teachers. The graphic presentation is attractive and easy to follow. The For Students section includes links to Middle School Musings, an online forum for kids to share their feelings about middle school; Tips for Young Poets; and plenty of poems, of course, to either read or listen to. Teachers will be pleased to discover George's teacher's guides to her titles, as well as ideas and links on teaching poetry.
 

Haiku Sites

 
A Haiku Homepage
A superb introduction to haiku by Phil Adams, a librarian at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. Advantages include simple presentation, with clear content and writing. Contains hints on how to write haiku; a yearbook, or collection, of poems; and a set of links to other resources. Writers may submit their own poems to be considered for the yearbook.
 
The Haiku Society of America
This rich resource on haiku includes the last 26 winning poems of the annual Harold G. Henderson Award. One must join the society to submit poems to the competition. Includes announcements, news, and links to the world of haiku.
 
Links to Haiku Sites
Hundreds of links are organized under haiku journals and publishers online, haiku journals and publishers in paper, haiku anthologies online, haiku poets' web sites, haiku essays and papers, haiku groups and associations, and haiku research and resources.
 
Children's Haiku Garden
 The garden contains haiku verses and illustrations created by children from around the world. Each poem occupies its own page. Teachers are encouraged to submit poems and images for posting.
 
Thanks to Lisa Von Drasek for suggesting many of these links.