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Subject: Verse Novel or Poetry Anthology Suggestions
Date Posted: 4/10/2012 6:00 PM ET
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I love to write, especially poetry. However, there aren't any mainstream poetry novels (verse novels) or anthologies that I have seen, excluding the classics, although there might be a few. Do you guys know any verse novels or poetry anthologies worth reading. Whether they are famous are not, it doesn't matter. Link to one if you have it on your book shelf and I will check it out. All suggestions welcomed!



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Date Posted: 4/10/2012 9:46 PM ET
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The Wikipedia entry lists a number of modern examples: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verse_novel

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Date Posted: 4/14/2012 11:10 AM ET
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I just ventured into this genre late last year by reading The Emperor's Babe by Bernardine Evaristo. It  is the story of Zuleika, the daughter of poor Sudanese immigrants living in 3rd century Londinium who, at the age of 11, becomes the wife of a Roman senator. It's laugh-out-loud funny, wildly anachronistic, and very well written. I absolutely loved it!

Date Posted: 4/16/2012 10:25 PM ET
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Ellen Hopkins writes in free verse. Some of the titles are Crank, Glass, Burned, and Identical.

Date Posted: 4/19/2012 10:04 PM ET
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I read The Golden Gate by Vikram Seth many years ago and really liked it.  Very readable.

Date Posted: 6/18/2012 8:21 PM ET
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Have you heard of Inferno (A Poet's Novel) by Eileen Myles?  I haven't read it, but some online friends have and they say it's really good.

Date Posted: 3/18/2013 1:36 AM ET
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Who Killed Mr. Chippendale? is a great one. Normally I'm not a huge fan of this style, but I love this book!

Date Posted: 3/22/2013 12:58 PM ET
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Well I never thought I'd say this in a million years, but: Holly's right! surprise

Date Posted: 3/22/2013 5:30 PM ET
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Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow

Date Posted: 3/29/2013 6:49 PM ET
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The Monkey's Mask by Dorothy Porter - an Australian lesbian noir literary mystery (yup, all that, and it's great) in startlingly beautiful free verse

Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson -- retells the Greek myth of Heracles and Geryon as a young gay man's coming of age, also in gorgeous free verse