The Best Possible Anthology: a strong focus, yet full of surprise

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It is the job of poetry to clean up our word-clogged reality by creating silences around things.” — Stephen Mallarme

As the Land Library’s poetry shelves have expanded over the years, we’ve benefited greatly from the guidance of several excellent anthologies. Each anthology not only forms the core of the Land Library’s poetry collection — they have also steered us in unexpected directions, seeking out even more works by the authors of poems such as these:

Earth Song by Langston Hughes
In Praise of Limestone by W.H. Auden
Shorebird-watching by Amy Clampitt
Sick Man Looks at Flowers by Gwendolyn Brooks

to name just a few.

Poem by poem, volume by volume, a library grows. Always waiting for surprise.

pictured above: Over this Soil: An Anthology of World Farm Poems, edited by Catherine Webster & James Galvin, Poetry of the American West: A Columbia Anthology, edited by Alison H. Deming

And here’s a few more uniquely focused collections that have expanded our world!
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The Thunder Mutters: 101 Poems for the Planet, edited by Alice Oswald, Earth Songs: A Resurgence Anthology of Contemporary Eco-Poetry, edited by Peter Abbs, Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, edited by Camille T. Dungy

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Yaqui Deer Songs/Maso Bwikam, by Larry Evers & Felipe Molina, Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems about Birds, edited by Billy Collins, and illustrated by David Allen Sibley, Urban Nature: Poems about Wildlife in the City, edited by Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Wild Song: Poems of the Natural World, edited by John Daniel

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