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Blue Lipstick

Blue Lipstick: Concrete Poems by John Grandits

A fifteen-year-old girl named Jessie narrates this unique, hilarious collection of poems. Her funny, sarcastic take on high school life is revealed through concrete poetry: words, ideas, type, and design that combine to make pictures and patterns.

Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe

The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe

A collection of Poe's poetry that includes all the classic poems from "The Bells" to "The Raven" alongside lesser-known poems like "Alone."


Dizzy in Your Eyes

Dizzy in Your Eyes by Pat Mora

Original poems, each with a different teen narrator sharing unique thoughts and moments. Also included are the author's footnotes on the various types of poetic forms used throughout to help demystify poetry and showcase its accessibility.

Falling Hard

Falling Hard: 100 Love Poems by Teenagers

Teens from all walks of life offer up lyric ruminations on new love to stale love, obsession to ennui, ecstasy to heartbreak, and every nuance in between. From the comic to the tragic, these offerings are exquisitely, excruciatingly, endlessly fascinating.


A Lion's Hunger by Ann Turner

A Lion's Hunger by Ann Turner

Short poems follow a year in a girl's life as she meets a boy, starts dating him, falls in love, and sees their special relationship come to an end.



More Than Friends: Poems for Him and Her by Sara Holbrook and Allan Wolf

Two poets provide the male/female points of view through a teen couple's journey, though childhood friendship, blossoming romance, and magnificent flameouts.


19 Varieties of Gazelle by Naomi Shihab Nye

19 Varieties of Gazelle by Naomi Shihab Nye

Simple words are used in new and unexpected ways to describe life in the Middle East.



No Sleep Till Brooklyn by Kevin Powell

No Sleep Till Brooklyn by Kevin Powell*

Powerful and introspective poems touching on subjects like racism, love, and misogyny from a renowned slam poet (and an original cast member of MTV's The Real World). Probably best suited to older teens because of some mature subject matter.

Requiem book cover

Requiem: Poems of the Terezín Ghetto by Paul B. Janeczko

Vivid poems relate the lives and spirit of the people interred at a notorious Czech concentration camp during the holocaust.


Shimmy Shimmy Shimmy Like My Sister Kate by Nikki Giovanni

Shimmy Shimmy Shimmy Like My Sister Kate by Nikki Giovanni

An introduction to the Harlem Renaissance movement with poems by authors such as Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, and Gwendolyn Brooks.



Spoken Word Revolution: Slam, Hip-Hop & the Poetry of a New Generation edited by Mark Eleveld

Poets include Sherman Alexie and Viggo Mortensen (yes, the LOTR actor). Comes with an audio CD of live poetry performances.

Surrender Tree

The Surrender Tree by Margarita Engle

Through alternating voices—predominantly Rosa, a child who grows up to nurse the sick in makeshift hospitals located in hidden caves—Engle explores the Cuban fight for independence from 1850 to 1899.


Interested in writing your own poetry?

How to Write Poetry

How to Write Poetry by Paul B. Janeczko


Poems From Homeroom

Poems from Homeroom: A Writer's Place to Start by Kathi Appelt

A collection of original poems and creative writing exercises that will inspire teens to write about their own lives.
Write Your Own Poetry

Write Your Own Poetry by Laura Purdie Salas


*Recommended for older teens.

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Last Updated 4/3/12