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How to find literary criticism about a certain poet or poem in the FIU Libraries website.
Last Updated: Apr 9, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Poetry Books in the New Books Lounge in the Green Library

For the next few weeks, you can browse the latest poetry books available for check out in the Green Library's New Books Lounge. It's located on the 2nd floor, across from the Access Services desk and next to the water fountains. 

Find titles by Mary Oliver, Mark Strand, Billy Collins, and Richard Blanco, the inaugural poet, among others!



Natasha Trethewey begins her tenure as new Poet Laureate of the U.S. in Sept, 2012.

It has just been announced that Trethewey will repeat as Poet Laureate for a second term!


Poetry Indexes


Your First Steps....Finding Poetry Criticism in Books

Search the library catalog using your poet's name as a subject.

For example: 


Wordsworth, William  

as Subject Heading.


This will give you books about your poet, rather than just collections of his/her poems.


Don't use the title of the poem as a subject heading unless it is also the title of the collection in which the poem was originally published.  Sometimes, (not always) there are entire poetry criticism books written about a single poetry title but only if it is one of the poet's main works, (and the poet is very famous) such as Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass


Your second step should be searching for criticism in journals, see "Finding Poetry Criticism in Journals" tab at the top of the screen.




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Poetry Explication


The poetry lounge : [self-expression through the spoken word]

Performed and recorded at "Poetry is the Point" fundraiser at The Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, California, July 23, 2004. Summary: Taken from a recent Poetry Lounge event, this program features 2004 National Slam Champions, performing their work and sharing their inspiration. Learn the fundamentals of writing and performing "spoken word" poetry from some of the most accomplished poets of the movement.

Green Library, 5th floor. PS615.P65 2004


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