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The Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Twentieth Century contains over 400 entries that treat a broad range of individual poets and poems, along with many articles devoted to topics, schools, or periods of American verse in the century.
The Poets and Poetry guide serves as an introduction to the resources in the Standish Library's collections related to poets and poetry. (You cannot have one without the other.) The resources included are just a selection from those available.
Featured Poet: Joy Harjo
In 2019, distinguished author Joy Harjo was named the United States' 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. She has since been appointed to serve a second two-year term starting in September 2020. For information about the position of Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo, and past Poet Laureates, check out the this page from the Library of Congress.
Joy Harjo is a "poet-healer-philosopher-saxophonist," and one of the most powerful Native American voices of her generation. She has spent the past two decades exploring her place in poetry, music, dance/performance, and art. Soul Talk, Song Language gathers together in one complete collection many of these explorations and conversations.
"My house is the red earth; it could be the center of the world." This is Navajo country, a land of mysterious and delicate beauty. "Stephen Strom's photographs lead you to that place," writes Joy Harjo. "The camera eye becomes a space you can move through into the powerful landscapes that he photographs. The horizon may shift and change all around you, but underneath it is the heart with which we move." Harjo's prose poems accompany these images, interpreting each photograph as a story that evokes the spirit of the Earth. Images and words harmonize to evoke the mysteries of what the Navajo call the center of the world.