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Deadlines

Our deadline for accepting anthology submissions has passed. Our published anthologies can be found on Amazon.com. More information can be found below.

Anthology Points to Keep In Mind

  • Submission is free
  • There is no financial compensation for inclusion in this poetry anthology.
  • Submission is not a guarantee of acceptance. 
  • Premium Members may submit up to 3 poems, and non-paying members may submit 1 poem. 

Submission Guidelines

  • Poems must be posted on PoetrySoup.com and in English. We do not accept poems via email or postal service.
  • You must be the author of the poem, and you must sign an online release form allowing us to publish the poem.
  • Previously published works are allowed. However, the author must hold rights and/or be responsible for reprint permissions and/or fees. A citation to the original publication must be provided.
  • Poems must be 50 lines or less. We are focusing on shorter poems this time. You can view your poem line count on the edit poem page.
  • Translated works of other authors are NOT acceptable.
  • Poems must be in the correct poetic form.
  • You may submit 1 poem for consideration. Premium Members may submit 3 poems.
  • There is no theme with this first publication. 
  • If accepted, you still own the rights to your poem and can publish it elsewhere. 

Since this will be a fairly large publication, we cannot provide free copies to poets included in the anthology. We will be able to do that in the future with smaller publications. 

How to Submit a Poem for Consideration 

  1. Sign Up for the PoetrySoup account (we do not accept submissions via email or the postal service)
  2. Post a poem on the PoetrySoup website using the Submit Poems page.
  3. After you've posted the poem, go to the My Poems page.
  4. From the My Poems page, edit the poem you want to submit to the anthology by clicking the edit link next to the poem you want to submit.
  5. On the edit poem page, Click the Submit to Anthology link/button to submit a poem for consideration to the anthology.
  6. Follow the instructions on the Submit to Anthology page.
  7. That's it. We will let you know if your poem has been accepted for inclusion in PoetrySoup's next anthology.

PoetrySoup's Most Recent Anthology: PS: It’s Still Poetry

Well Soupers, PoetrySoup has produced its second anthology. For those who submitted poems for consideration, we want to thank you for the wonderful submissions. We wish we could have included all of your works.

This anthology, PS: It's Still Poetry, is a much larger volume than the first publication. We received thousands of poems for consideration. In fact, we were a bit overwhelmed by the submissions. There are over 42,000 poet members of PoetrySoup. Approximately 4600 poets are regularly active on PoetrySoup. Of these 4600 poets, only about 11% were selected for inclusion in this anthology (see the names).

We believe this anthology is even better than the first. We are privileged to promote the works of PoetrySoup members across the world. Thank you, Soupers.

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Poets in Our Most Recent Anthology

A. K. Mukerji: 659,
Abdul Malik Mandani: 301,
Abdul-Hakim Zakaria: 644,
Abel Jae: 641,
Abhishek Suresh: 508,
Ade Robert Amure: 120, 656,
Aditi Anvita: 600,
Aditi Mishra: 53,
Adrian Flett: 725,
Agona Apell: 305, 608,
Aida G. Roque: 693,
Aimee Meyn: 483, 609, 610,
Akham Nilabirdhwaja Singh: 516, 627,
Alcibiades Castelo Branco: 121,
Alison Hodges: 432,
Allegra Jostad Silberstein: 614,
Alok Yadav: 346,
Alshaad Mahomed Kara: 416,
Amanda Fowler: 307,
Amanullah Khan: 626, 723, 725,
Amitabh Divakar: 357, 615, 616,
Amya Richelle Ranck: 272, 480, 613,
Andrea Dietrich: 4, 8, 20,
Andrew Crisci: 468, 648, 699,
Andrew L. Chunn: 601,
Anesto Mandizvidza: 678,
Angel L Villanueva: 79, 202, 496,
Angela Douglas: 673,
Angie Sharp: 218,
Aniruddha Pathak: 388,
Anisha Dutta: 204, 329, 397,
Anitha Jayasankar: 41,
Ann Foster: 93, 332,
Ann Gilmour: 134,
Ann OglesPeck: 168, 215, 344,
Anna M Shepard: 423, 635,
Annanya De: 331,
Anne E Sangster-Keeley: 44, 326, 495,
Annette P. Kauffman - Sam Kauffman: 12, 31, 253,
Ansar Mohammed: 327,
Anulaxmi Nayak: 205,
Aram Sarian: 663, 664, 680,
Avantika Poddar: 222,
Barbara Barry-Nishanian: 620, 621, 622,
Barbara Magic: 635,
Barbara P. Peckham: 284, 707, 729,
Bartholomew Williams: 267, 408, 482,
Beata B. Agustin: 109, 133, 275,
Bernard Chan: 150, 191, 385,
Beryl Edmonds: 82, 141, 411,
Besma Riabi Dziri: 35,
Bessie Kolb: 206,
Betty Jo Legros Kelley: 239, 353,
Betty Robinson: 48, 289, 330,
Beulin S S: 647,
Beverley Abrahams: 723,
BobJ. May Sr.: 70, 169,
Bongani Zungu: 691,
bradley lane: 364,
Brandee Augustus: 154,
Brian Duffield: 620,
Brian L Lowmiller: 269, 311, 377,
Brian Rusch: 623, 655, 666,
Brian Sambourne: 173, 261, 325,
Bridget Eleanor Williams: 502,
Brooks Lewis III: 497, 498, 590,
Bryan Paul Norton: 61,
Byron Kaya: 383,
C. David Collins: 498, 692,
Cachline Etienne: 523,
Candice Ballinger: 646,
Carol Ann Richardson: 90, 106, 111,
Carol Louise Moon: 277, 342, 515,
Carol Mitra: 59, 196, 291,
Carol Sunshinze Brown: 138, 159,
Carolyn June-Jackson: 442,
Catherine A. MacKenzie: 721,
Catherine Johnson Broussard: 317, 476, 577,
Catherine Smillie: 454,
Catherine Townsend: 717,
Chantelle Anne Cooke: 48, 98, 129,
Charles C. Oswalt: 518,
Charles Messina: 17, 52,
Charlotte Wakeman: 342, 455, 456,
Chas Weeden: 392, 393,
Chitra Arun: 580,
Christine Adams: 194,
Christine O'Hayre: 685,
Christopher Allen: 599,
Christopher Goss: 66,
Christopher Grieves: 488, 588, 591,
Christopher Lane: 148,
Christopher Lee Bowen: 552,
christopher tran: 583, 592,
Christuraj Alex: 226,
Cindy Bahl: 337, 338, 419,
Clevia Bedeau: 372,
Clive Blake: 504, 514,
Conner John Gillespie: 502,
Constance K. Wong: 5, 9, 13,
Constance La France: 58, 261,
Craig Cornish: 39, 398, 513,
Craig Mahler: 526,
Cynthia Thompson: 473, 630, 645,
D Holmes: 341,
Dale Gregory Cozart: 23, 132, 153,
Damian Cranney: 710,
Daniel F Turner: 31, 69,
Daniel Turner: 32,
Dave Collins: 419,
Dave Timperley: 345,
David A. McHattie: 296,
David Andrew McHattie: 103, 142,
David B D'Braunstein: 410, 643, 643,
David Cox: 491, 565, 594,
David Drowley: 170, 369, 493,
David Holmes: 291, 358,
David Hyatt-Bickle: 461,
David I Mayerhoff: 244, 321,
David Joel Walker: 195, 209, 336,
David Kavanagh: 73, 402,
David Mohn: 80, 147, 246,
David Richmond: 412, 453, 463,
David Wakeling: 529,
Dean Earl Wood: 319,
Deborah Beachboard: 444,
Deborah Milner: 423,
Debra L Brown: 131, 178, 198,
Debra Walker: 384, 527,
Delice Arleen Skelly: 27, 257, 670,
Delores Allen: 662,
Denis Brian Briggs: 401, 550,
Dexter Greener: 424, 499, 711,
Diána Bósa: 578,
Diane Perna-Graf: 282, 438, 724,
Dipanwita Dey: 732,
DM Borowski: 248,
Dominic Middleton: 351, 383,
Donald J. Craig: 233, 543, 556,
Donald Maher: 468, 474, 654,
Douglas S Brown: 318, 451, 519,
Duane Anton Crichlow: 460,
E. Adeline Thomas: 362,
Earl Schumacker: 452,
Ed Ahern: 704,
Edward Ibeh: 24, 77, 400,
Eileen Manassian Ghali: 21, 138, 156,
Elaine Cecelia George: 19, 30, 206,
Elizabeth Valerie Wyler: 549,
Emanuel Carter: 463, 489, 672,
Emile Joseph Pinet: 292, 339,
Emmanuel Obeng Yeboah: 594,
Eponine Seccafico: 461,
Er.Aamir khan: 259,
Eric Cohen: 51, 126,
Eshita Jain: 455,
Eve Roper: 108, 259,
Evelia Roper "Eve": 34,
Evelyn Carlin Swartz: 290,
Evelyn Judy Buehler: 45, 88, 359,
Evelyn Pearl Anderson: 105, 234, 307,
Faraz: 480, 495, 661,
Florence McMillian: 308, 334,
Flossie Darlene Gierke: 548,
Frances Schiavina: 144,
Franci Eugenia Hoffman: 277, 430, 527,
Francine Roberts: 89, 372, 380,
Francis J Grasso: 71, 168, 314,
Frank Blacharczyk: 440, 652, 731,
Franklin A. Price: 426, 565,
Franklin Price: 694,
Fred Jagenberg: 403, 571, 580,
Freddie Robinson Jr.: 267,
Frederic M Parker: 97, 125, 537,
Fritz Purdum: 223, 545, 546,
G.A. Chathurya Gurugoda: 450,
Gabrielle Jordan: 144, 161, 311,
Gail Rickless DeBole: 247, 303, 320,
Gary Bateman: 127, 394,
Gary Radice: 13, 72, 96,
Gary Smith: 192, 298, 331,
Gayle Rodd: 171, 367, 521,
George F. Aul: 597,
George Schaefer: 444, 684, 684,
George Stathakis: 78, 288, 327,
Gerald Dillenbeck: 638, 668,
Gideon I Tukuna: 677,
Giti Tyagi: 640,
Gordon McConnell: 322, 490,
Gordon S. Wolf: 42, 176, 257,
Grady Jeremiah Klein: 596,
Graham Alexander Devenish: 521, 530, 575,
Graham Bentley: 449,
Gregg Louis Marcucci: 347,
Gregory C Masciana: 174,
Gregory F. Hladky: 175,
Gunadevi Rajaratnam: 390, 451,
Gwendolyn D. Cloyd: 270,
Hannington M. Mumo: 726,
Hans-Christian AleXander Melschau: 386, 557, 558,
Harriet Davis: 425, 487, 695,
Heather Secrest: 249, 269,
Heidi Sands: 42, 92, 163,
Hilda Aboagyewaa Agyekum: 435,
Himani Bhaisare: 411,
Howard Robert Manser: 78,
I.B.Padmakumar: 374,
Ibrahim Wonsebolatan Bashiru: 318,
Ifeanyichukwu Dominion Anyabolu: 549,
Ikenna Igwe: 721,
Ilene Bauer: 251,
Indiana Shaw: 346, 429, 431,
Ingrid Lehman: 326,
Iolanda Scripca: 205,
Iris Sankey-Lewis: 538,
Irma L Hole: 3, 21, 101,
Isabel D. Catrin: 672,
Jack Horne: 216, 216,
Jackie Chou: 472,
Jaclyn Brown: 478,
James Edward Lee Sr: 108, 160,
James Fraser: 39, 205,
James Marshall Goff: 80, 95, 188,
James Popplewell: 222, 405,
James Study: 368, 386, 560,
Jan Camille Tongco: 190,
Janaka Godevithana: 404,
Jane Carter: 339,
Jane VanDoe: 362,
Janice Canerdy: 137, 258, 286,
Janice Thompson: 689, 689, 690,
Janine lever: 260, 413, 708,
Janis Medders Thompson: 164, 338, 699,
Jazmyn Hanson-Yeats: 579,
JCB Brul: 122,
Jean Bush: 274,
Jeanne McGee: 231,
Jeannie Flinn Furlong: 459, 472, 601,
Jenish Somadas: 266,
Jennifer Cahill: 490, 507,
Jennifer Etheridge: 640,
Jennifer Marie Fenn: 216,
Jennifer Proxenos: 18, 84, 87,
Jerry Horton: 474,
Jerry T Curtis: 123, 270,
Jessica Amanda Salmonson: 207, 464, 477,
Jessica Thompson: 281,
Joanna Chamberlain: 162, 273, 512,
Joanna Daniel: 28, 68,
João Camilo Campos de Oliveira Torres: 636,
John A'hern: 427, 636, 712,
John Anthony Beck: 539,
John G. Lawless: 188, 301,
John Gondolf: 22, 44, 56,
John Lusardi: 413, 667,
John R Fiordelisi: 443, 568, 727,
John Read: 720,
John Richard Anderson: 445, 674, 675,
John Terence Miller: 186, 238, 277,
John Watt: 6, 34, 36,
Jonathan Jordan Sutarima: 332,
Jonathan Michael Bellmann: 124,
Joselito B. Asperin: 544,
Joseph Babatunde: 687,
Joseph C Ogbonna: 587,
Joseph May: 74, 76,
Joseph P. DiMino: 542,
Joseph S. Spence Sr: 91, 136, 323,
Joshua SK Baldwin: 470,
Judy Reeves: 628,
Juli Freda: 586,
Julie Grenness: 431,
Justin Maxwell DePietropaolo: 417, 503, 505,
Karen Kandle Jones: 349,
Karen Sue Croft: 469,
Karina Gibbs: 692,
Katharine L. Sparrow: 515, 607, 608,
Kathy Bahr: 431,
Kavira Thakker: 512,
Kelly Deschler: 7, 100, 198,
Kelly Hawkins: 476,
Ken Allan Dronsfield: 162, 351, 634,
Kenneth Rone: 241,
Kenneth Wayne Cheney: 102,
Kevin Lawrence: 370, 696, 718,
Kevon Worrell: 439,
Khadidja Megaache: 360,
Kim Robin Edwards: 371,
Kim Rodrigues: 110, 204, 227,
Kimberly J Merryman: 158, 229, 241,
Kohava Ray: 434, 481, 611,
Kudzai Mhangwa: 438,
Kupmei Phom: 522,
L. Milton Hankins: 196, 256, 282,
Lasaad Tayeb: 197, 230, 279,
Laura Leiser: 49, 55, 240,
Laurie Mahoney: 294,
Laurie Slicer: 442, 482, 484,
Lee Hawkins: 532, 559, 590,
LEN J. CARBER: 47,
Leo Larry Amadore: 306, 333, 416,
Leon Allen Enriquez: 552, 570, 599,
Lewis Raynes: 352,
Linda Milgate: 426, 658, 727,
Line Monique Gauthier: 166, 192,
Lisle Ryder: 567,
Lonna Lewis-Blodgett: 81, 401,
Lycia Harding: 167, 306, 313,
M. Braimah Saaka: 388, 525, 554,
Madhavi Praveen: 688,
Malabika Ray: 27, 94, 252,
Manya Saxena: 604,
Marc D OBrien: 574,
Margarita Lillico: 83, 182, 508,
Maria Amelia Corado: 72,
Maria Paz Samelo: 309,
Maria Rheza Mae D. Rubio: 220,
Marie Duddle: 350,
Marilene L. Evans: 115, 228, 280,
Marius Alexandru: 595,
Mark Frank: 75,
Mark Pringle: 147, 189,
Mark R Toney: 231, 274, 398,
Martha L. Kiser: 157, 258, 391,
Marty King: 466,
Maryam Musharraf: 317,
Maximilian G. Wolf: 225, 409, 492,
Meenakshi Raina: 233, 249,
Melani Udaeta: 335, 563, 617,
Melissa Cornatzer: 117,
Melissa J Seneway: 479,
Melissa Lou Johnson: 510,
Michael J. Gentile: 38,
Michael J. Kalavik: 211, 446, 448,
Michael J. Ponnambalam: 242,
Michael R. Burch: 579,
Michael S. Bross: 217,
Michael Whatley: 190,
Michelle Lynn Faulkner: 33, 40, 50,
Michelle Morris: 612,
Michelle Waters: 665,
Mike Bayles: 51,
Millard Lowe: 74, 221, 539,
Moji Agha: 378, 460, 670,
Molly Moore: 485, 486, 612,
Moses Sichach: 387,
Muyideen Ayinla: 574,
Mystery Shadow Musician: 713, 714, 715,
Naledi Segosebe: 469, 659, 659,
Nancy Lee Kaufman: 186,
Nancy Rodriguez Laurel: 422,
Naomi Bannister: 475,
Natasha L Scragg: 130, 285,
Nayda Ivette Negron: 234, 375, 537,
Neelamani Sutar: 536,
Neena J. Luke: 446, 458, 681,
Nelvy Gracia Majaw: 406,
Neva E. Romaine: 106, 122, 149,
Newton Ranaweera: 236, 323, 390,
Ngoc Minh Nguyen: 405, 494, 582,
Nicholas Windle: 37, 304, 366,
Nick James Vincelli: 458, 679, 680,
Nicola Davidson: 201,
Nikolay Lopatin: 355,
Nora Gibson: 210, 354, 465,
Norman Littleford: 379,
Nurhayati Mohd Fadzil: 638,
Ogino Makoto: 634, 649, 654,
Ogunyigbo Adedoyin Blessing: 433,
Olatubosun David: 428,
Olive Eloisa Guillermo-Fraser: 65, 140,
Omanga A. Lawrence: 632,
Omar Dabrinze: 624,
Onokemi Onojobi: 633,
Paghunda Zahid: 289,
Pandita Sanchez: 110,
Paris-Maree Boreham: 97, 352, 677,
Pashang Salehi: 65, 164,
Pathan Nuzhat: 709,
Patricia J. Mencin: 630,
Patrick Cornwall: 531,
Paul Callus: 4, 49, 97,
Paul Gaffney: 84,
Paul H. Schneiter: 295, 310, 547,
Paul M Thomson: 501,
Paul Martin: 378,
Paul Thomson: 402, 598,
Paula Ann Swanson: 62, 104, 113,
Paula Goldsmith: 55, 58, 287,
Paula Rowlands: 702,
Paulette Calasibetta: 59, 114, 236,
Pauline Faller: 404,
Perrin Peacock: 356,
Peter Rees: 150, 217, 293,
Phil Capitano: 64,
Polen: 421,
Pramod RASTOGI: 264, 361, 393,
Pratikshya Barik: 568,
Pushpa Tuladhar: 564,
Pusselle Wineetha: 243, 262, 499,
Quadri Oyerinde: 631,
Quazi Johirul Islam: 578,
Ralph James Inman: 118, 193, 235,
Rama Balasubramanian: 40, 152, 263,
Rashini Kaushalya: 276,
Raven Howell: 227,
Ray Dillard: 104, 179, 268,
Rebecca Fall: 698,
Regina Marie Elliott: 212, 365, 365,
Regina McIntosh: 237, 278, 682,
Rex Allen Holiday: 381,
Reza Raza: 585,
Richard A Jordan: 377, 523,
Richard A Martin Jr MD: 265, 687, 716,
Richard Breese: 181, 371, 537,
Richard Carl Evans: 297, 298, 316,
Richard Colbert: 116, 183, 419,
Richard D Seal: 165,
Richard Nsonge Nah: 246,
Richard Robinson: 19, 177, 186,
Richard Scott Nicholls: 676, 676,
Richard Tipping: 363,
Richard W. Morris: 207, 467, 566,
Rick Davis: 348,
Rick Keeble: 5, 410, 436,
Riquetta Brown: 251,
Robert E. Welch, Sr.: 112, 367, 534,
Robert Ippaso: 682, 703,
Robert J. Lindley: 142, 176, 199,
Robert James Liguori: 148, 211, 237,
Robert James Moore: 533, 534, 541,
Robert L Carmack: 69, 153, 160,
Robert Trezise Jr: 440, 560, 593,
Robertina Basilico: 54,
Roger A. Pautan, Jr.: 705,
Roger Kevin Harp: 478, 486, 626,
Ronald A. Williams: 548, 589, 605,
Roren: 414,
Rose Johnson: 555,
Roy B Jerden: 16, 119,
Rukhsana Afridi: 235, 245, 576,
Sabrina Niday Hansel: 98,
Sagari Adhikari: 520,
Sally Young Eslinger: 184,
Samia Ali Salama: 695,
Sandeep Kumar Mishra: 728,
Sandra M. Haight: 76, 88, 119,
Sandra Weiss: 60, 213, 299,
SandyAxe: 500,
Sara Kendrick: 215, 230,
Sarah Hassarati: 569,
Sarah Stein: 433, 716, 722,
Sarbajit Roy: 674,
Sarban Bhattacharya: 471, 650, 651,
Sayeed Abubakar: 477,
Scott Alan Campbell: 214,
Scott Williams: 139,
Serge Lyrewing: 511,
Seventh Realm: 660,
Seymour Roth: 667,
Shardoolsen Jadhav: 685,
Shazeed Ahmed: 702,
Sheila Van Zant - Lewis: 524,
Sherry Ann Sloan: 728,
Shiraz Iqbal: 92,
Shirley Ann Hawkins: 203, 361, 581,
Shirley Candy Helen Wontas: 302,
Shirley J Hudson: 619,
Shirley Rebstock: 300, 369, 456,
Shonima Burman: 328,
Shreya Laxmi Nagendra: 420, 585, 653,
Shreyash Mukherjee: 464,
Siddhi Pawar: 657,
Sierra Chen: 358, 597,
Silpika Kalita: 67,
Simon Rogerson: 324, 399, 513,
Smita Kulkarni: 182, 360, 527,
Sneha RV: 86,
Snehal Ade: 213,
Sophie Georgia Pilkington: 507,
Stark Hunter: 509,
Stephen Mayne: 315, 316, 343,
Stephen Michael Tefft: 384,
Steven Kopko: 297,
Subimal Sinha-Roy: 151, 185, 354,
Subrahmanyan Radhakrishna: 43, 46, 135,
Supraja Kannan: 255,
Susan Lawrence Piatt: 45, 70,
Susan M. Ashley: 11, 25, 60,
Suzanne Delaney: 140, 154, 155,
Suzanne Johnson: 315,
Suzette Richards: 140,
Tamanna Ferdous: 528, 719,
Tania Kitchin: 35, 228, 265,
Tanya Guleria: 613,
Tawananyasha Rambanapasi p: 336,
Terence O'Leary: 63, 113, 200,
Terence Robinson: 219,
Terry Flood: 159, 170, 418,
Thama Logan: 403,
Theodora Polycarpou: 462, 617,
Theresa Lynn Beyerl: 408,
Thomas Cunningham: 57, 128, 136,
Thomas Flood: 224, 399,
Thomas Harrison: 602,
Thomas Koron: 172,
Thomas Wells: 146, 295, 510,
Thresha Reese: 697,
Tiffany Saxon: 389, 544, 553,
Timothy R. McGuire: 232,
Tino Empulu: 572,
Tommy Leon Wright: 178, 373, 540,
Tony Staples: 428, 435, 709,
Tsokoane Mohlalane: 671,
Tucker Carwile: 624, 625, 626,
Upma Sharma: 245,
V.Deepa: 340,
Vaishnavi Narayan: 679,
Valerie D Staton: 100, 180, 376,
Valerie Sherman: 642,
Vaughan A Jones: 562,
Venkatesh Raghava: 637,
Vera Judy Ball: 132, 348,
vernon michael witmer: 504, 506, 603,
Vickie Hurtt-Thayer: 272, 385, 528,
Victoria Cruz: 294,
Vidya Pandarinath: 700,
Vijay Pandit: 10, 14, 15,
Vincent Van Ross: 436,
Virginia Betts: 705,
Virginia Darline Gelok: 167, 492,
Vivian Wigley: 26,
Wade Greenlee: 375, 535, 606,
Walter Daniel Tomeo: 300, 382, 396,
Warren Doll: 162,
Warren Oscar M'Baht: 396, 571, 708,
Wilfred Aniagyei: 29,
William Coyne: 577,
William Darnell Sr: 302, 394, 583,
William K Kekaula: 253, 254, 285,
William Kamen: 517,
Wilma Neels: 279, 347, 349,
Yudho Sasongko: 561,
Yvonne Livingstone-Kania: 584,

What is a Poetry Anthology?

In the publishing industry, an anthology is a collection of literary works. A poetry anthology, therefore, refers to a collection of poems, in most cases ranging from 30 to 100 different pieces. These poems can either be written by one or several authors. And other than sharing the same literary form, the theme can always differ.

Benefits of Poetry Anthology

The unique thing about poetry anthologies is that they benefit everyone. This includes the authors of the poem, the editorial team, and the readers. Let us brush through the benefits poems offer all these individuals.

For the Author;

  • Their work gets to be published and this gives a sense of achievement.
  • It grants credibility.
  • Showcases an author's skill and talent.
  • Introduces one to a community of fellow like-minded individuals.
  • An opportunity for one to soar higher in their writing career.
  • Authors get to speak their minds to the world.

For the Editorial Team;

  • The editors gain recognition for their great work.
  • They can bring together a pool of talented individuals for future projects.
  • By critiquing different poems, the editorial team boosts its skills.
  • Working with gifted poets is in one way an honor.

For Readers;

  • Inspiration on different aspects of life.
  • They can also learn about new authors and proceed to look for more of their works.
  • Learn and get educated on different themes.
  • The act of buying these books is a sign of gratitude.
  • In some cases, the proceeds of anthologies go to charity. Making this an act of kindness done to the world.

Having gone through the many benefits poetry anthologies offer to the community, let us look at some of the most well-known poetry books.

Examples of Famous Poetry Anthologies

Compiling a poetry anthology isn't easy. It's surprising how little recognition is awarded to editors for putting together different pieces. With that being said, if you are struggling to find the best poem book, here are examples of famous poetry anthologies worth checking out.

1. Poems that Make Grown Men Cry Compiled by Anthony and Ben Holden – The works of a father and son team, this anthology explores contributions by tens of successful men all coming from industries such as art, entertainment, and the media amongst others.

2. Staying Alive Edited by Neil Astley - If there is a poetry book out there that ventures into these unreal times is the Staying alive anthology. Featuring poems related to breakup, loss, love, and pain, this is the perfect book for anyone who wants to feel human.

3. A Poem for Every Day of the Year Edited by Allie Esiri – A poetry book compiled for everyone. Get it for your family and watch your kids learn about the different events in the calendar. Popular poets featured in this anthology include Longfellow, Stevenson, and Hardy.

4. Too Bright to See from Graywolf Press – These timeless poems by Linda Gregg are devoted to family, romance, love, travel, and a bunch of other aspects that we engage in on a daily basis.

5. Hybrida: Poems by Tina Change – If you prefer to read poems about love that are intertwined with fear, then Tina Chang's poetry anthology will have you up all night long. These poems explore the ferocity of raising mixed-race children.

These are just but some of the most popular poetry anthologies of all time. With time, you will come to realize the talents of one or two of these authors and that's how one builds a list of favorite poets.

What Makes a Poem Good?

When it comes to poetry, there is no conventional way of doing things. It's an art that is defined by an author's level of creativity and imagination. If you're considering writing a poem, here are key guidelines that you need to follow.

A good poem;

  • Must have rhythm
  • The words should be chosen and used wisely
  • Ought to have images vividly describing actions
  • Should lay out as many details as possible
  • Needs to focus on engaging the imagination of readers

Where Can I Find Free Poetry Anthologies to Read

Gutenberg.org is a great resource of free ebook poetry anthologies by various authors and on a multitude of poetic subjects.

The Bottom Line

Poetry is a very unique form of art. It speaks differently and this is why you may have to go through dozens of poems before you can find one that pleases you. Having fully understood what poetry anthologies are and their benefits, feel free to gain inspiration from the above popular poetry books. And if you want to become a great poet, read as many poetry books as you can.

PoetrySoup Poetry Anthologies

PoetrySoup has published its first poetry anthology. We have been hesitant to produce an anthology, but you Soupers encouraged us to do it. Thanks for the encouragement. Congrats to those who had poems selected.

The book contains two tables of contents (TOC). One TOC by poem title and another by author name. The TOCs are at the back of the anthology. Gift a copy to a friend or family member. 

Where Can the Book be Purchased

If you are having trouble finding an Amazon site that ships to your country, try the sites below that sell the anthology.


Poety Anthology
PS: It's Poetry is a brilliant collection of poetic works written by various poets from all over the world. By reading these diverse works, the authors hope people will become more understanding, compassionate, and empathetic towards all people.