I would recommend this anthology to anyone over age 12 who wants to write (or simply read) great poetry. Heaney and Hughes make some surprising choices that might not suit every taste, but the poems range across multiple centuries and aesthetics. Its companion book, The School Bag, is also excellent.
P.S. Two great links that came my way today:
- Joyce Sidman talks about why she writes poetry at School Library Journal
- Betsy Franco talks about poetry packing a punch in the world of teen acting
- Plus: Greg Pincus features me at 30 Poets/30 Days (had to throw that in!)