Another way to read random poems (and discover a few new favorite authors) is browse poems by their first lines.
Sample thematic collections from the Poetry Foundation
An anthology is a collection of selected literary pieces or passages or works of art or music (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). Its content might have been selected from titles by diverse authors, in the same literary form, of the same period, or on the same subject. An anthology can be a great way to survey poetry on a particular topic, from a particular place and time, or in a particular style––and perhaps to discover your new favorite poet!
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Anthologies come in a wide variety of forms, length, and quality. Why should you give them a try? If you are a fan of poetry, you already know that you can pick and choose from a collection of poems to your heart's desire without the pressure of having to read them all. A poetry anthology also gives a great chance not only to re-read your favorite poems, but to discover new poets, too.
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