A Book of Poems, compiled by Robert Carter
ISBN-13: 978-1642791952 (PA)

Genre: Historical, 1940s, Life of English Teacher, Reflections of life of the times.

Absolutely moving and touching poems written by a woman who taught English all her life, and also kept poems about her experiences, good and bad, discovered, compiled, and published by her son, Media Producer for more than 35 years and currently Producer for Childress Ink LLC, shout out to my stepfather, reporter, storyteller, and journalist who once interviewed Robin Williams. 

​​​With a Star in my Hand: Rubén Darío, Poetry Hero, by Margarita Engle, NEW RELEASE, Simon & Schuster, ISBN-13 : 978-1534424937​
Genre: Poetry, YA and Adult Crossover 
BISAC: Poetry, Loss, Grief, Love Poems, Love and Loss

For now, I will let the reviews speak from themselves, and I will add now that I love this book, I have added it to my permanent library, and I shared it with my 17-year-old poetry writing daughter, and she read it! 


  • “Engle explores Darío’s relationship with words and the effects of abandonment, trauma, grief, and loss on his work. The cyclical nature of events described, as well as the seasons’ change and the rollercoaster of emotions—all based firmly in research—reflect how the poet’s past affected his identity and career. Engle also pays close attention to Darío’s mestizo identity and the importance of utilizing Spanish language, and there is a wonderful section on linework and rhyming patterns and structures, an educational element for young poets trying their hands at redondillas, octavillas, espinelas, and seguidillas. . . . Exceptional. -Booklist, starred review
  • “Heartfelt . . . The brevity of the poems allows readers to make rapid progress through the novel, and the placement of line breaks is thoughtful and effective: ‘With paper as my sky, words / are the wind that should help my mind fly.’” -- The Horn Book
  • “Engle distills a fascinating life and creates a portrait of a country where poetry, valued by many, could be a young person’s ticket out of hardship. . . . In introducing readers to Darío, Engle creates a jumping-off point for poetic exploration.” -- Publishers Weekly
  • “Compelling. . . . This accessible volume serves as an excellent introduction to Darío and will likely encourage readers to search out his poetry to appreciate his genius.” -- Shelf Awareness

Summary from publisher: A novel in verse about the life and work of Ruben Dario, a Nicaraguan poet who started life as an abandoned child and grew to become the father of a new literary movement. Includes historical notes. Includes bibliographical references.

Voices in the Air

Miracles in the Mundane

What is Poetry? The Essential Guide to Reading and Writing Poems, by Michael Rosen

Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Ark, by David Elliott

Book Love

Brave the Page Audio Edition, by Listening Library

Adult Interest: A Book of Poems, compiled by Robert Carter

With a Star in my Hand


-by Murray Alfredson

From the underbrush

then and now

like pins or tiny razors,

his twitters pierce the creek-bed stillness

deep in the ravine.

Do I in

just splits of moments

glimpse in leafage-gaps

a fleck of blue.

He teases;

side-glanced colour-flicker

but never when I look.

Pictured by mind’s eye

in dainty elegance,

disembodied voice. 

Drab wren-dam! 

Twig or twitch, 

Are you there

Wren pair

Murray Alfredson: Poet, essayist, story writer, poetry editor, professional skeptic, and author of The Gleaming Clouds. Brisbane: Interactive Press, 2013. 

Poetry Books by Team Childress Ink ​

Mixed Feelings: Poems and Stories

A Fire Like You, by Upile Chisala, Andrews McMeel Publishing, ISBN-13: 9781449496210
Genre: Poetry, YA and Adult Crossover
BISAC: Poetry, Loss, Grief, Love Poems, Love and Loss

Letters to the Person I Was

To Drink Coffee With a Ghost

Apologies that Never Came

​Between You & These Bones

Rhyming picture book Legend of the fairy Stones

The Legend of the Fairy Stones

By Kelly Anne White
Traditionally published by Morgan James Kids, Morgan James Publishing, April 2019, Age: 8+, 
ISBN-13: 9781642791952 (PA) 
9781642791969 (HC), B07P9C45VN (Kindle) Read free with Kindle App

Genre: Rhyming Picture Book, Bedtime Story, Folk Tale, Fairy Tale; Virginia Folklore, Fairy Stones, Staurolite, Rocks and Gems, Jesus Stones, Art, STEM, Holiday-Easter, Gift Book, Adult Art Enthusiasts

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THE POET X by Elizabeth Acevedo, 9780062662811. $12.99. Ages 13 up. On Sale April 7, 2020. The National Book Award–winning debut novel by renowned poet Elizabeth Acevedo, about a young girl in Harlem who discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world – NOW IN PAPERBACK!

WRITE YOURSELF A LANTERN: A JOURNAL INSPIRED BY THE POET X by Elizabeth Acevedo, 9780062982278. $14.99. Ages 13 up. NEW RELEASE! On Sale April 7, 2020. Featuring lines from The Poet X among its lined pages, this full-color, beautifully designed journal is perfect for readers, long-time writers, those trying their hand at poetry, or anyone with a voice all their own. Let Xiomara’s verses spark your own inspiration, as you pour your own thoughts and feelings onto the pages—and write the words you need most.

Picture Book: The Legend of the Fairy Stones, by KellyWhite

Mixed Feelings: Poems and Stories, by Avan Jogia, Andrews McMeel, Sept. 2019, ISBN-13: 9781449496210
Genre: Poetry, YA and Adult Crossover
BISAC: Poetry, Loss, Grief, Love Poems, Love and Loss

Description from publisher: From actor Avan Jogia comes a raw and moving collection of poetry, stories, and art about living as a mixed-race person in a world increasingly fixated on racial identity.
In Mixed Feelings, Avan Jogia explores his complicated emotions around race, identity, religion, and family through poetry and imagery. Drawing on the author's own life story as well as interviews he's conducted with friends and strangers, Mixed Feelings serves as a dialogue starter for difficult topics that now, more than ever, need to be discussed.

Poetry of Excellence for All Ages

Some for adult and mature readers

Highlights from Andrews McMeel Publishing

Love love love! Poetry books for adults and mature YA, so happy to have found you!