I have been thinking of a question posed to me at my Tuesday poetry workshop: “Is there a core collection of poetry books that should be in every school library?” Wow! That is a question and immediately my mind went to, who would be willing to agree to a core list of poetry books? I thought of the comment, “well, core list of poetry books, what next? A core list of books for the library?”: What about the individual flair of each library?”
I feel challenged to create a list of poetry books that should be in every library (at appropriate levels of course). I actually hate lists. They are like sand dunes, ever shifting, changing. One book fits this year and not next year, books go out of print. A book might get left out. I hate being left out.
But in the interest in answering the question and in the interest is sharing with my colleagues, I am creating a list of the top 100 poetry books for the library, for the moment, for this year.
I invite you, reader, to submit the title of a poetry book that you believe should be in a core list. Send me your comments and I will add to the list. Will there be a 100 titles at the end of this project? It could be 25 for all libraries, 25 for elementary, 25 for middle school and 25 for high school perhaps. Let’s see where the titles fall. Please let me know the level of your book.
Disclaimer: I apologize for any book NOT listed in this intial 26 titles. They are in no means listed by any order.
Thank you goes to Kelly who is rounding up the Poetry Friday this week.