Holiday Gifts for Poetry Lovers

Looking for gift ideas this holiday season? Read on for ideas on what to give the poetry lover or bibliophile in your life!

For the Shape Poem Enthusiast: Leaves of Grass Poster

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

We all know someone who loves this gothic writer. Out of Print has awesome t-shirts and accessories based on classic literature, not to mention a whole slew of Poe-themed goodies.

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.

For The Book Lover: Library Card Tote Bagtote bag

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

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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

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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!

Published by cpoetrymsu

The Center for Poetry opened in the fall of 2007 to encourage the reading, writing, and discussion of poetry and to create an awareness of the place and power of poetry in our everyday lives. We think about this in a number of ways, including through readings, shows, community outreach, and workshops. We are at work building a poetry community at MSU and in the greater Lansing area. Contact: (517) 884-1932

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