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Poetry is one of the backbones of oral tradition, conveying people’s innermost thoughts and feelings and reflecting the values of cultures all over the world.

To celebrate this form of linguistic and cultural expression and in honor of (Inter)National Poetry Month, the International & Area Studies (IAS) department invites you to explore the works of poets from around the world, such as: Naja Marie Aidt (Denmark), Elicura Chihuailaf (Chile), B. Kojo Laing (Ghana), Shamsur Rahman (Bangladesh) and Hone Tuwhare (New Zealand). The IAS librarians chose a few well-regarded modern (post-1960s) poets in their respective areas. May their words remind you of our common humanity, and may this list inspire you to seek out other global poets.

Poetry Reading List

View our reading list featuring works by international poets.
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