Use this guide to find information about our collection of poetry books, journals, and anthologies in Tutt Library. The tabs above will also lead you to information about regional and national poets, poetry contests, awards, websites, and other resources.
Videos-2nd Floor North. Allen Ginsberg, one of the major poetic voices of the twentieth century, reads poems and sings songs at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, California; and is interviewed by Lewis MacAdams
In addition to Streaming Online Videos and DVDs (some listed below), Tutt Library has a number of videorecordings (VHS cassettes) from the Lannan Foundation's ongoing series of nationally and internationally known contemporary poets and writers, many of them in conversation with another prestigious poet or writer. These videos could serve as primary source material for literary research. Poets such as Yehuda Amachai, Amiri Baraka, Ernesto Cardenal, Sandra Cisneros, Lucille Clifton, Joy Harjo, Denise Levertov, Philip Levine, Grace Paley, Adrienne Rich, Gary Snyder, Alice Walker, and numerous others are featured in these hour-long, individual videos. To browse the catalog offerings, type in "Lannan" as a key word. You can browse the entire selection in the Videos--2nd Floor North section of Tutt Library. Some of these can also be accessed online via our Films on Demand database. To view these videos, we have a Video Viewing Room (301) in Tutt Library. If the door is locked, someone at the Circulation Desk will be happy to open it for you.
This documentary uses voice-overs, interviews, and actual tracks recorded by Tupac Shakur. The film explores his life, music, and his death from fatal gunshot wounds in 1996. Includes rare footage, home movies, private photographs, and excerpts from his personal poetry, journals, and letters. (Located in Music Library)
Plath is heard in a long interview and reading numerous poems conveying the emotional power of her words. Critics and her mother discuss the young woman who became the contemporary icon of the divided self. Archival footage chronicles Plath's meteoric career.
An Animated Poem
Enjoy this animated version of "Forgetfulness," narrated by the poet Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate 2001-2003. [1:50 minutes]
Developed by former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, this website features videos of people reciting and talking about their favorite poems. The readers vary widely, from former President Bill Clinton to everyday people of all ages, filmed at their jobs or at home, across the nation.
POETRY EVERYWHERE was created by University of Wisconsin college students. These poetry films are appropriate for high school ages as well as younger readers. Many of the poems featured are by very well-known contemporary poets, and the website provides a lot of other features as well.
The Academy of American Poets website is for all ages, but TEXT FLOWS takes the reading of poetry to another level in terms of the poem's words and phrases being presented in a typographically animated form. This is a perfect example of the “non-threatening” aspect of poetry, with its "white space" as a canvas for the brief lines and images, which help some visual learners to better see and appreciate playing with words, and seing the condensed narrative power of the poetic voice.
Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.
The goals of National Poetry Month are to:
Highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets
Introduce more Americans to the pleasures of reading poetry
Bring poets and poetry to the public in immediate and innovative ways
Make poetry a more important part of the school curriculum
Increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media
Encourage increased publication, distribution, and sales of poetry books
Increase public and private philanthropic support for poets and poetry