Looking for gift ideas this holiday season? Read on for ideas on what to give the poetry lover or bibliophile in your life!
Litographs partners with artists to create designs that incorporate the text from classic novels, plays, and poems into stunning graphics. They also partner with the International Book Bank to donate a book to communities in need for every poster, tee-shirt, and tote they sell, and every five temporary tattoos. Make sure to check out their other poetry-themed items, including graphics based on the works of T. S. Eliot, Emily Dickinson, and William Wordsworth.
For the Poe Fan: “The Raven” Tee
For the Apple Junkie: BookBook Covers for iPad, iPhone, and MacBook
These elegant leather covers from Twelve South make any Apple product appear as a vintage book.
Proudly display your love of libraries with this canvas tote from Out of Print, also available in yellow, blue, and gray.
For the Poetry Novice: Poetry 180
For those who think poetry is scary or, dare we say it, boring, try giving them a copy of Poetry 180. Compiled by Billy Collins during his tenure as U.S. Poet Laureate, this collection started as a program to get high schoolers to read or listen to one poem every day, without analysis or discussion — simply take in a single poem on a daily basis. The poems are accessible and capture a range of emotions and topics, from “Cartoon Physics, part 1” by Nick Flynn to “Domestic Work, 1937” by Natasha Trethewey. For those already familiar with Poetry 180, try its companion collection, 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day.
For Kids: The Oxford Illustrated Book of American Children’s Poems
This book presents a lovely collection of poems by authors both traditional and contemporary, such as Langston Hughes, Emily Dickinson, e. e. cummings, Sonia Sanchez, and children’s poetry favorites Dr. Suess and Shel Silverstein. Beginning with anonymous Native American verses and a selection from the 1727 New England Primer, “Alphabet,” The Oxford Illustrated Book of American Children’s Poems goes on to span over 200 years of children’s poetry appropriate for ages six and up.
For “Shop Local” Supporters: Poetry in Michigan | Michigan in Poetry
Last, but certainly not least: For Michiganders and lovers of the Mitten state, this collection of Michigan poetry and art is a must. Featuring works by noted contemporary poets such as Jim Harrison, Diane Wakoski, and Patricia Clark, Poetry in Michigan | Michigan in Poetry is a carefully crafted book that brings together the best of Michigan’s poets and visual artists. Click here to see a sample poem by Cullen Bailey Burns and art by Meridith Ridl, David Grath, and Nathan Caplan. Not to mention, we at the Center for Poetry have hosted many poets in the collection!