Collected Verse of Edgar A. Guest

I recently received a wonderful graduation gift – a book of poetry which will be perfect for my classroom and good for my soul. Collected Verse of Edgar A. Guest has hundreds of poems.

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Before this book, I had never heard of Guest, but now he’s a poet I won’t be forgetting anytime soon. I’m obsessed with his work. I love the honesty of his poems. They are poems about everyday life – nothing over the top or extravagant. Here are some of the titles:

The Little Clothes Line

Bread and Butter


Hard Knocks


And yes, he even wrote about breakfast sausage:


You may brag about your breakfast foods you

                eat at break of day,

(Read the rest here!)

Poetry doesn’t have to be laden with hard-to-understand metaphors or prolific alliterations. Poetry is best when it’s about real life – our wishes, our dreams, our life as we know it.

As an avid fisherwoman, here is my favorite Guest poem I’ve come across so far:

Out Fishin’

A feller isn’t thinkin’ mean,

                Out fishin’;

His thoughts are mostly good an’ clean,

                Out fishin’.

He doesn’t knock his fellow men,

Or harbor any grudges then;

A feller’s at his finest when

                Out fishin’.

(Read the rest here!)

I can’t wait to dig into this book and discover more poems that I can truly relate to. I also think my seventh graders will also be able to relate to his poetry when I share it with them.

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