||The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School
edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong
Pomolo Books, 2013
The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School (PFAMS) offers a set of 36 poems (a poem-a-week for the 9 months of the typical school year) for each grade level. This is the Middle School (grades 6-8) Common Core edition; there is also a Middle School (6-8) TEKS edition for Texas (and elementary school editions for K-5).
The poems in The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School (PFAMS) include examples of many techniques, forms, and elements—rhyme, repetition, and rhythm; metaphor and simile; personification; onomatopoeia; hyperbole; dramatic irony; and different forms (haiku, ghazal, sonnet, reverso, analogies, Intravista, and one-worders by Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis).
The 110 poems in this book represent the work of 71 of the best poets who are writing for young people today. Those poets include: Joy Acey, Jeannine Atkins, Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, Robyn Hood Black, Calef Brown, Joseph Bruchac, Jen Bryant, Leslie Bulion, Stephanie Calmenson, Deborah Chandra, Kate Coombs, Cynthia Cotten, Kristy Dempsey, Margarita Engle, Betsy Franco, Carole Gerber, Charles Ghigna, Joan Bransfield Graham, Nikki Grimes, and many others.