Browse the Library's Poetry Collections

Browse the second-floor stacks--it's amazing what you might stumble across! 

Poetry is found in the following locations in the Dewey Decimal system:

808.1: Writing/reading poetry

808.81: Poetry anthologies

811: American poetry (811.54 for 20th century American poetry, 811.6 for 21st century)

821: English poetry 

Call numbers for poetry from additional regions

Poetry Magazines

Recent issues of magazines and newspapers are shelved in alphabetical order toward the back of the first floor; older periodicals are on the third floor. They include:

  • Poetry
  • American Poetry Review
  • Parnassus Poetry in Review
  • Plougshares
  • Granta
  • Zyzzyva
  • Atlantic Monthly
  • New Yorker

We have many poems published in magazines that are available online through the library databases as well. Search for the title of a magazine below:

Poetry Websites

Academy of American Poets (poets.org)

Biographies of more than 2,000 poets and more than 6,000 poems. Browse poems by occasion, theme, or form. Sign up for an emailed poem of the day!

Poetry Foundation
Browse poems and poets published in Poetry magazine, read articles on poetry and watch videos with poets. Sign up for an emailed poem of the day!

American Verse Project
A searchable electronic archive of volumes of American poetry prior to 1920 from the University of Michigan Humanities Text Initiative.

Favorite Poem Project
Videos of Americans reading their favorite poems.

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