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Poetry Month at TCC: Know Your Poets

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Month!

Well-Known, Well-Read, & Well-Loved

The readings listed below are from a wide assortment of well-known and well-loved authors, spanning the last 340 years.  Each of these works have been selected in recent years by TCC faculty and librarians to support the work of students studying poetry for the first time in their ENGL 1302 classes.  They encompass a variety of different styles and voices.

To access some of these readings, you may be required to log in with an active TCC Blackboard account.  If you are a current student and unable to access a reading link, please contact us at  

Classical & Contemporary Poets: A--L

Akbar, Kaveh

Ali, Agha Shahid

Angelou, Maya

​Asghar, Fatimah

Auden, W. H.

Bass, Ellen

Brooks, Gwendolyn

Brown, Nathan (scroll down the page on his personal website for your poem)

Browning, Robert

Choi, Franny

Collins, Billy

Davis, William Virgil

Dickinson, Emily

Dove, Rita

Dunbar, Paul Lawrence

Eliot, T.S.

Erdrich, Louise

Evans, William

Frost, Robert

Gibson, Andrea

Goodwin, Idris

Hayden, Robert

Heaney, Seamus

Hicok, Bob

Hughes, Langston

Kaminsky, Ilya

Komunyakaa, Yusef

Lorde, Audre

Lovelace, Nabila

Classical & Contemporary Poets: M--Z

Marvell, Andrew

McKibbens, Rachel

Mearns, Hughes

Mojgani, Anis

Nguyen, Hieu Minh

Olivarez, José

Ortiz Cofer, Judith

Owen, Wilfred

Plath, Sylvia

Poe, Edgar Allan

Pound, Ezra

Reza, Seema

Rich, Adrienne

Ríos, Alberto Alvaro

Robinson, Edwin Arlington

Roethke, Theodore

Sax, Sam

Sexton, Anne

Shakespeare, William

Shire, Warsan

Smith, Danez

Thomas, Dylan

Whitman, Walt

Willis-Abdurraqib, Hanif