In these books the poets provide a few lines of explanations about where the ideas for the poem comes from—fascinating and insightful, especially for aspiring poets.
The list begins:
Brenner, Barbara. 2000. Voices: Poetry and Art From Around the World. Washington D.C.: National Geographic Society.
Clinton, Catherine. 1998. I, Too, Sing America: Three Centuries of African-American Poetry. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
Cullinan, Bernice E. 1996. A Jar of Tiny Stars: Poems By NCTE Award Winning Poets. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong, Boyds Mills.
Fisher, Aileen and Bruce E. Cullinan, ed. 2002. I Heard a Bluebird Sing: Children Select Their Favorite Poems. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong/Boyds Mills.
Janeczko, Paul. 2002. Seeing The Blue Between: Advice and Inspiration For Young Poets. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
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