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Welcome to the Poetry subject guide. This guide is intended to assist you with research and writing assignments related to the variety of poetry courses at CSI. Most resources featured in this guide are available through access to the College of Staten Island Library or the CUNY system, however, some external resources, such as podcasts, YouTube channels, and more, will be included. 

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Featured Books About Poetry

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Jess's much anticipated second book weaves sonnet, song, and narrative to examine the lives of mostly unrecorded African American performers.

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From the Fishhouse

This winning anthology of 175+ poems from the site is a festival of verse at its acoustic best.

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Understanding Poetry

Features updated organization, accessible discussions of historical and cultural contexts, and critical approaches to poetry. 

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The Tradition

The Tradition details the normalization of evil and its history at the intersection of the past and the personal.

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