Manistee County Library Offers Poetry Events and Featured Titles


Feed your soul with poetry during National Poetry Month.

The Manistee County Library offers many ways to celebrate this month. In addition to reading poetry, opportunities will be available throughout the month to create your own poems. Check out our newsletter which is available at all locations, on our website,, or find us on Facebook. The following is a sample of the poetry books available for review.

“Boom! Howl! Bleat!: Animal Poems for Two or More Voices” by Georgia Heard is designed to be read aloud. Children will be endlessly entertained by making noise while learning about a variety of animals.

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● Hear all the characters and more in the story of many favorite fairy tales. “Grumbles From the Forest: Fairy-Tale Voices With a Twist” by Jane Yolen and Rebecca Kai Dotlich is written in free verse poetry and will delight children with its magic.

● “Boom! Roar! Bleat!: Animal Poems for Two or More Voices” by Georgia Heard is designed to be read aloud. Children will be endlessly entertained by making noise while learning about a variety of animals.

● “Poetry for Young People: Edgar Allan Poe” written by Poe introduces young children to the macabre and spooky writings of a master storyteller. Including a short biography, several poems and excerpts from his stories, children who love RL Stine’s Fear Street series will also enjoy this book.

● Encourage children to express themselves with “How to Write a Poem” by Ceclia Minden and Kate Roth. Written for beginners, this book includes an introduction to poetry, various styles, and prompts to get a young writer started.

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● Joyce Sidman’s “What the Heart Knows: Songs, Charms and Blessings” offers encouragement, humor and joy in this collection of free verse.

● “Think Again” by JanArno Lawson describes the heart of teenagers. The short poems speak of tenderness, humor and idealism.

● “Poems” by Emily Dickinson is a collection of her most famous works. His passion for love and life is expressed in writing.

● Written in poetic verse, Steven Herrick’s “A Place Like This” focuses on two teenagers trying to find their place in the world. Deciding to take some time off and travel, Jack and Annabel find themselves on a farm helping the family more than they realize and learning more about themselves.


● Known for his novels, this author from Michigan is also a poet. Jim Harrison’s “Saving Daylight” and “Outlyer and Ghazals” speak to the rough edges of life and find beauty and humor in unexpected places.

● “A Walk With Me” by Gwen Frostic combines the elegance of the written word with nature walks. The book is illustrated with prints created by the author and the artist.

● “The Emperor of Water Clocks” by Yusel Komunyakaa overwhelms the senses with illusion and reality. This Pulitzer Prize-winning poet draws inspiration from antiquity and innovation to create thought-provoking images of words.

● “Notes on the Assemblage” by Juan Felipe Herrera, the first Latin poet laureate in the United States, examines current American events.

● “Book of Haikus” by Jack Kerouac is a collection of two or three verses drawn from his experiences and his connection with nature, written in the form of Japanese poetry.

“Notes on the Assembly” by Juan Felipe Herrera, America’s first Latin Poet Laureate, focuses on current American issues.

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● Rudyard Kipling’s stories of life in India are well known. “Rudyard Kipling: Selected Poems” is a compilation of his poetry that covers a wider and more intimate range of topics.

● “The Illustrated Library of World Poetry” combines classic poets, works with favorite poems categorized by subject with beautiful illustrations.

● Find your voice while learning the basics with “How to Write Poetry” by Welkin Reinhart. A background of various types of poetry is provided, along with the skills needed to create a poem.

● “John Drury’s Dictionary of Poetry includes terms and a large sample of poems as examples. This book can be read cover to cover or inserted as needed for inspiration.

These titles and many more can be reserved using our online catalog or on request from MeLCat. The Manistee County Library offers a poetry writing contest and a modified poetry workshop for adults.

Information about workshops and competitions is available in the library newsletter, available at all locations, and on our website. Reservations can be made by calling 231-723-2519. Space is limited. Join A Touch of the Classics for poetry reading and discussion. We look forward to seeing you.


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