Poetry and Poetics Resources

On the World Wide Web (and elsewhere)

Compiled by Bruce Tindall

General Poetry Resources

I've compiled a list of recommended books about reading and writing poetry, and a list of useful reference works and sites.

The Voice of the Shuttle, an index to humanities resources on the WWW, is a good starting point if you're looking for a poem by a specific author, or criticism, or information about a poet -- or anything else involving the humanities (including art, architecture, history, linguistics, literary theory, religious studies, and more). Other sites where you can find poems that have gone out of copyright include Project Bartleby, Project Gutenberg, the American Verse Project and the ThinkQuest Poetry Archive.

Mr. William Shakespeare On The Internet was favorably reviewed in the Chronicle of Higher Education as an index to texts by and about the Bard.

Contemporary Poetry

There's also a good deal of contemporary poetry available on the WWW. Poetry Daily offers a new poem every day (sometimes by a famous poet such as Billy Collins, Louise Gluck, or Mark Strand; sometimes by unknowns), with links to recent newspaper and magazine articles about poetry, and an archive of the past year's daily poems. The Contemporary American Poetry Archive contains the full text of several dozen books that are out of print but still under copyright, by poets including Robert Pinsky, David Slavitt, and Wendy Battin. You can hear several well-known contemporary poets read from their own works (and you can also see texts of poems and other writings by and about them) at Internet Poetry Archive and at the Academy of American Poets web site.

Prof. Eiichi Hishikawa of Kobe University has an annotated listing of web sites containing poems, biographies, bibliographies, and other information by or about more than 140 modern and contemporary English-language poets.

Many literary magazines have web sites on which they display recently-published poems; some magazines, of course, publish exclusively on the WWW, while others have both print and electronic editions.

Poetry Reference Books and Sites

The best reference book about poetry is The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, almost 1400 pages of fine print, written by noted scholars, covering everything from poetries of different languages (Swahili, Japanese, Russian) and periods (Romantic, Neoclassical) to technical and critical terms (anapest, chiasmus, epic) to theory (deconstruction, reader response) -- but no articles on individual poets. It's not online, but many libraries' reference departments have it.

Rhyme's Reason by John Hollander and How To Be Well-Versed In Poetry edited by E.O. Parrott are witty dictionaries of poetic forms in which the self-referential examples are the definitions.

Online there are glossaries of poetic terms and rhetorical terms.

I've compiled a list of recommended books about reading and writing poetry; a list of haiku resources; and a list of web sites and books about getting published, with a special note on poetry contests.

Shameless Self-Promotion Dept.

Here is a bibliography and some samples of my poems and non-fiction books.

MFA in Writing at Vermont College

I am a graduate of the low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier.

Words, Words

To find out the origin of an English word or phrase, the best place to start is the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), which not only gives the etymology of each word, but also provides quotations showing the word's use in context from sources dating back to the 11th century or earlier. It's available in many libraries as a 20-volume set, but can also be bought in a fine-print one-volume edition (with magnifying glass) for about $300, or as a CD-ROM for computer use. Many libraries' websites offer access to an online version to holders of library cards. Or, online, try the newsgroup alt.usage.english or the alt.usage.english Frequently Asked Questions file, and the century-old, but still remarkably useful and entertaining, Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable.

E-mail Encryption

You can send encrypted e-mail to me (bruce.tindall@gmail.com) using either PGP/GPG or X.509 certificates such as those issued by CAcert.org. You can download my PGP and CAcert public keys here.

I am also a CAcert assurer and will be happy to meet in person to grant CAcert assurance points and to exchange PGP key signatures.

Amateur Radio

My amateur radio ("ham radio") callsign is N4JIU; I was formerly N5ECD, WB4MZD, and WN4MZD, first licensed in 1969. I also was one of the operators of club station K1CTQ in the early 1970s. My membership number in QRP ARCI is 10495, and in FISTS, 7804.

To learn more about amateur radio, see the website of the American Radio Relay League.

Urban Legends and Internet Hoaxes

Urban legends can be debunked or verified on newsgroups such as alt.folklore.urban, alt.folklore.suburban and alt.folklore.college, and web sites such as the genuine alt.folklore.urban archive and the "snopes" site. You can check out suspicious Internet chain letters, petitions, virus warnings and the like at the websites listed in the "Virus Information" links on the U.S. Department of Energy's Cyber Incident Response Capability page.

Old Home Page

My old home page contains photos, recipes, the official "People With No Lives" logo and link, and stuff like that.

Bruce Tindall
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