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Off the Shelf asked poets Maya Stein and Amy Tingle, the creative forces behind The Creativity Caravan, to tell us about the poetry that has inspired their own bodies of work, and their lives. We hope these twelve titles will spark you to explore the genre, and maybe even write a poem of your own!


What We Carry
by Dorianne Laux

Dorianne Laux has taught me so much about brave and honest poetry. Her work reminds me that what I carry is worth voicing. -Amy Tingle

What We Carry
Dorianne Laux

Dorianne Laux has taught me so much about brave and honest poetry. Her work reminds me that what I carry is worth voicing. -Amy Tingle

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Poetry So Good It’ll Make You Want to Write Your Own

By Off the Shelf Staff | April 24, 2014

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One Secret Thing
by Sharon Olds

I'll never forget hearing Sharon read "Douche Bag Ode." In that moment, I learned the power of humor and hearing a poem read in the author's own voice. -Amy Tingle

One Secret Thing
Sharon Olds

I'll never forget hearing Sharon read "Douche Bag Ode." In that moment, I learned the power of humor and hearing a poem read in the author's own voice. -Amy Tingle

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By Off the Shelf Staff | April 24, 2014

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Ballistics
by Billy Collins

Billy knows everything about everything. He can mine the simplicity of an avocado or the depths of love. -Amy Tingle

Ballistics
Billy Collins

Billy knows everything about everything. He can mine the simplicity of an avocado or the depths of love. -Amy Tingle

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Come With Me : Poems for a Journey
by Naomi Shihab Nye

I copyedited all of Naomi's early collections at Simon & Schuster. Her skill as an editor is second only to the rhythm of her words. -Amy Tingle

Come With Me : Poems for a Journey
Naomi Shihab Nye

I copyedited all of Naomi's early collections at Simon & Schuster. Her skill as an editor is second only to the rhythm of her words. -Amy Tingle

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The Human Line
by Ellen Bass

Ellen Bass is fairly new to me, but so much of her work brings me to my knees. -Amy Tingle

The Human Line
Ellen Bass

Ellen Bass is fairly new to me, but so much of her work brings me to my knees. -Amy Tingle

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Thirst
by Mary Oliver

The only thing I can tell you about Mary Oliver is that I want to be her when I grow up. -Amy Tingle

Thirst
Mary Oliver

The only thing I can tell you about Mary Oliver is that I want to be her when I grow up. -Amy Tingle

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Collected Poems by Lynda Hull
by Lynda Hull

A razor-sharp, deeply compassionate writer who lived through some seriously hard times before dying, tragically, at the age of 40. I had the privilege of working with and learning from her during the fall semester of my senior year at Brandeis University, where she was a visiting professor. -Maya Stein

Collected Poems by Lynda Hull
Lynda Hull

A razor-sharp, deeply compassionate writer who lived through some seriously hard times before dying, tragically, at the age of 40. I had the privilege of working with and learning from her during the fall semester of my senior year at Brandeis University, where she was a visiting professor. -Maya Stein

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The Largest Possible Life
by Alison Luterman

Alison's poems carry the beautiful complexities and incongruities of living - her writing is wickedly funny and wildly compassionate. -Maya Stein

The Largest Possible Life
Alison Luterman

Alison's poems carry the beautiful complexities and incongruities of living - her writing is wickedly funny and wildly compassionate. -Maya Stein

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Ruin and Beauty: New and Selected Poems
by Deena Metzger

Deena has been my writing mentor for years, the voice in my head whether I'm approaching a new piece of writing or trying to revise an older one. Her wisdom, clarity, and truth-telling are nuggets of pure gold. -Maya Stein

Ruin and Beauty: New and Selected Poems
Deena Metzger

Deena has been my writing mentor for years, the voice in my head whether I'm approaching a new piece of writing or trying to revise an older one. Her wisdom, clarity, and truth-telling are nuggets of pure gold. -Maya Stein

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Rainbow Remnants in Rock Bottom Ghetto Sky: Poems
by Thylias Moss

Thylias is a tiny woman with a huge presence. She left me a great gift in one of my college seminars when she said that each poem she hasn't identified a title for she gives the placeholder name "Pears on a Window Sill." -Maya Stein

Rainbow Remnants in Rock Bottom Ghetto Sky: Poems
Thylias Moss

Thylias is a tiny woman with a huge presence. She left me a great gift in one of my college seminars when she said that each poem she hasn't identified a title for she gives the placeholder name "Pears on a Window Sill." -Maya Stein

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Trouble
by Mary Baine Campbell

Mary was my college thesis advisor (do you see a trend here?) with deep pockets of knowledge, intuition, and unwavering vision about what makes good writing better. She pushed me hard in all the right places. -Maya Stein

Trouble
Mary Baine Campbell

Mary was my college thesis advisor (do you see a trend here?) with deep pockets of knowledge, intuition, and unwavering vision about what makes good writing better. She pushed me hard in all the right places. -Maya Stein

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Poetry So Good It’ll Make You Want to Write Your Own

By Off the Shelf Staff | April 24, 2014

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Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty
by Tony Hoagland

Tony is a master craftsman when it comes to poetry. He's clear-eyed, whipsmart, and tender all at once, and such a graceful wrestler of language that he makes writing look easy even though, of course, it's not. His poems inspire me to find a balance of focus and freedom in my own work. -Maya Stein

Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty
Tony Hoagland

Tony is a master craftsman when it comes to poetry. He's clear-eyed, whipsmart, and tender all at once, and such a graceful wrestler of language that he makes writing look easy even though, of course, it's not. His poems inspire me to find a balance of focus and freedom in my own work. -Maya Stein

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Poetry So Good It’ll Make You Want to Write Your Own

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