The READ Collection: Poetry/Songs/Chants
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SONG: CHANTS &
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- The Art of the Lathe: Poems, by B.H.
poems about ordinary people--machinists, welders, and farmers
Best of Bamboo Ridge, The Hawaii Writers' Quarterly, edited
by Eric Chock and Darrell H.Y. Lum. 1986.
poetry and short stories by "local" writers, previously published in
Bamboo Ridge between 1978 to 1985
- Best Poems of
the Bronte Sisters, by Emily, Anne, and Charlotte Bronte.
poetry by famous 19th century English authors
Mesa Poems, by Jimmy Santiago Baca. 1989.
poems about family and community, birth and death--life in a Southwest
- Blake's Selected Poems, by William
the poems were selected by selected by David and Virginia Erdman
- The Book of Psalms, edited by Shane
150 psalms, "traditionally attributed to King David," are found in the
Old Testament of the Christian Bible "and the first part of the Ketuvim
(Writings) of the Hebrew Bible." They were songs of praise and faith
and may have been accompanied by musical instruments
Silence: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Poets,
edited by Joseph Bruchac. 1983.
poetry by Asian Americans, including those of Japanese, Chinese,
Filipino and East Indian ancestry
- Buss Laugh, edited by Lee A. Tonoguchi. 2009.
A collection of poetry written by Hawaii writers.
- Camp Notes and
Other Writings, by Mitsuye Yamada. 1998.
reflections on living in an Idaho internment camp during the outbreak
of World War II
- Chicago Poems, by Carl
a collection of poems by one of America's favorite early 20th century
- The Classic Hundred Poems: All-time
Favorites, edited by William Harmon. 1998.
poetry from the 16th through the 20th centuries
Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou, 1994.
contemporary Black American writer's poetry
Congo and Other Poems, by Vachel Lindsay. 1914, 1992.
the author also wrote children's poems
- Crossing the
Snow Bridge, by Fatima Lim-Wilson. 1995.
poetry about the Philippines and America by Filipino Americans
- Dancing the Waves and
by Steven Curry. 1998.
to describe his surfing, a Hawai`i writer uses poetry and includes some
photos by Wayne Levin
Echo of Our Song: Chants & Poems of the Hawaiians,
translated and edited by Mary K. Pukui & Alfons L. Korn.
a large collection translated into English
Essential Dickinson, selected by Joyce Carol Oates. 1996.
Emily Dickinson's poems of beauty and love are represented here
- Fire in the Sea: an Anthology of Poetry and Art,
selected by Sue Cowing. 1996.
selections primarily by Pacific Islanders' (Tonga, Samoa, Hawaii,
Micronesia, etc.) are included
- Great Love Poems,
edited by Shane Weller. 1992.
a collection of well known poems
Up Local: An Anthology of Poetry and Prose From Hawai`i,
edited by Eric Chock, James R. Harstad, Darrell H.Y. Lum and Bill
- Gunga Din and Other Favorite Poems, by
Rudyard Kipling. 1990.
the author of The Jungle Book, a children's
classic, was also a poet
A Poem for Queen Liliuokalani, by John Dominis Holt. 1986.
the author of Waimea Summer, shows his love and
respect for Hawaii's last queen
- Harper's Anthology
of 20th Century Native American Poetry, edited by Duane
poems about cultural conflict, family and nature are included in this
- The Hawaiians, an
Island People, by Helen G. Pratt. 1963.
each chapter covers different aspects of Hawaiian culture; poetry and
legends are included in the Appendix
Rains, by Juliet Kono. 1988.
plantation life is depicted in this collection of poetry
in Haiku; Japan's Pulse-beat, by Norimoto Iino. 
American haiku is presented here, with commentaries
Museum: Poems on Art, by Joseph Stanton. 1999.
the poet's responses to classical painters' works, certain movies and
noh plays inspired this collection
- Intensive Care:
More Poetry and Prose by Nurses, edited by Cortney Davis and
Judy Schaefer. 2003.
sixty-four nurses, male and female, from around the world, tell of
tough health care work
- John Lennon In His Own
Write, by John Lennon. 1964.
includes drawings, poetry and short stories by Lennon, a member of the
- Last Days Here, by Eric Chock.
contemporary Hawaii writer's poems
- Legends From
Camp: Poems, by Lawson Fusao Inada. 1993.
these poems are told from the perspective of a Japanese American
relocated to an internment camp during World War II
in the Crevice Never Seen, by Haunani-Kay Trask. 1994.
contemporary Hawaiian activist shares her poetry
- The Morrow Anthology of Younger American Poets,
edited by Dave Smith and David Bottoms. 1985.
104 poets, born between 1940 and 1955, and their works are included
American Sports Poems, edited by Noah Blausten. 2001.
an anthology of poetry reflecting the energy and struggles of various
- The Narrow Road to Oku,
by Matsuo Basho, translated by Donald Keene, Illustrated by Miyata
Japanese poet chronicles
the 150 day journey to visit his mother’s grave
- Niihau: the
Traditions of a Hawaiian Island, by Rerioterai and Moses K.
Keale, Sr. 1989.
past and present ways of life; includes mele and legends
- Olelo Noeau: Hawaiian
Poetical Sayings, collected, translated, and annotated by
Mark Kawena Pukui. 1983.
a collection of proverbs by a woman whose preservation of the Hawaiian
language in written form will be used for generations to come
Phoenix Gone, the Terrace Empty, by Marilyn Chin. 1994.
a collection of poems reflecting the author's Chinese American culture
- Plants of Old Hawaii,
by Lois Lucas. c1982.
About 450 A.D., the ancient Hawaiians settled Hawaii and brought 20
plants with them from the South Pacific. Information, drawings and a
poem about each plant are included
by Robert Burns. 1987, 1991.
43 of the famous Scotman's poems, including Auld Lang Syne
Hawaii: a Contemporary Anthology, edited by Frank Stewart and
John Unterecker. 1979.
poems by several Hawaii residents are featured in this collection
nights: a poem,by Alexander Solzhenitsyn and translated by
Robert Conquest. 1977.
a Russian army officer recounts atrocities committed during the ending
of World War II
- A Puerto Rican Poet on
Hawaii's Sugar Plantation, by Blase Camacho Souza, Austin
Dias and Carlos Fraticelli. 2000
.stories of Puerto Rican immigrants are told through poetry
and Other Poems, by Edna St. Vincent Millay. 1991.
a selection of poems by one of America's most famous women poets
a Borrowed Tongue: Poems by Filipino and Filipino American Writers,
edited by Nick Carbo. 1995.
using English as their "borrowed" language, poets write about
immigration, racism, poverty, exploitation, etc.
in Plain Yellow, by Marilyn Chin. 2002.
"a fusion of East and West, high culture and popular culture, of
ancient Chinese history and of the American present"
Content and Flavor, by Victor Hernandez Cruz. 1989.
includes the poem, "Borinkins in Hawaii" about Puerto Ricans being
taken by ship to work in Hawaii's plantation fields in 1900
Sacrificial Zinc, by Mark Cooperman. 2001.
modern poems about the natural environment of the American West and the
- Saturday Night at the Pahala Theatre,
by Lois-Ann Yamanaka. 1993.
poetry written in Pidgin about Big Island teenagers
the Invisible, edited by Frank Stewart and Bruce Fulton. 1997.
translations of short stories, poetry and essays from America, Asia and
the Pacific including many from Korea's contemporary authors
Poems, by Gwendolyn Brooks. 1963
.this Black American poetess received the Pulitzer Prize in 1950
- Selected Poems, by Rabindranath Tagore.
English translations of the well known Indian poet's work; he received
the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913
Poems, by Rita Dove. 1993.
the Black American poetess who was the Poet Laureate from 1993 to 1995,
writes about slavery, freedom and compassion
Poems of Langston Hughes, 1990.
Black American, who died in 1967, wrote poetry as well as fiction and
- Sharing Secrets, edited by
Nora Okja Cobb-Keller and Carrie O'Connor. 1993.
Hawaii women write about family violence--the pain and healing;
includes short stories, poetry and art
Songwriter, by Alf Taylor. 1992.
the first collection by one of Australia's most popular poets includes
pieces ranging from love to racism
Stew: Fiction and Poetry by Women, edited by Juliet S. Kono
and Cathy Song. 1991.
poetry and short stories by American women writers, including many from
Hawaii, are included
- Success, by Norman
the spiritual director of the San Francisco Zen Center promotes
understanding across the world's religions by his poetry
Rau Maire, Poems and Stories of the Pacific. 1992.
during the 6th Festival of Pacific Arts held in Rarotonga in 1992,
writers both young and old contributed to this collection
Top 500 Poems, edited by William Harmon. 1992.
a collection of American and English poems
Years, by Juliet S. Kono. 1995.
the poetess was born and raised in Hilo
America: An Anthology of Contemporary Multicultural Poetry,
edited by Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Jennifer Gillan. 1994.
large collection representing America's numerous ethnic groups and
- Voices on the Wind:
Polynesian Myths and Chants, by Katherine Luomala. 1986.
- Waxing the Lunar Mountain Apple: Poems,
by Steven Curry. 1997.
dreams are the basis for this surfing writer's poems
Lost Writings of Jim Morrison, Volume I, by Jim Morrison.
poetry and short stories of the Doors' Jim Morrison
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