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One Book 2018-2019: Intersectionality - Citizen & Born Bright: Poetry

GRC's 18-19 One Book explores the experience of intersectionality in two titles: Born Bright: A Young Girl's Journey from Nothing to Something in American by C. Nicole Mason & Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Poetry Resources

Use the resources on this page to find additional poetry and poetry criticism at Holman Library and beyond. 

Suggested subject terms for Holman Library One Search: 

Find Poetry

& don't forget author Websites

Read and listen to poetry online through the Poetry Foundation. 

Search for a poet or browse the website. You can even listen to audiocasts.


The Library of Congress Poet Laureate page is a great source of poetry and other works by and about poets. Use if your poet was a poet laureate of the US!

To find poetry in Holman Library:

Search the Holman Library catalog with Primo One Search to see if we have work by your poet at GRC.

Strategies - Search by: Author, Keyword or Subject

By Author:

  • Change Contains to: is (exact) or enter the name in quotes.
  • Change Any Field to: Author/Creator.

  • You can limit to books immediately at Material Type or wait to see what you find and then limit by Source Type.
    • Note: Our books may be print or digital e-books you can read online or download.
    • Also Note: A Search by author will find everything the author has written (in our librray), including poetry, essays, etc.

By Keyword:

Your poet's work may be included in an anthology.

  • To search more broadly for work by your author, do not change Any Field to Author. 
  • A keyword search returns, for example, works by Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey in a collection of poetry by US Poet Laureates.

By Subject:

Subject Headings return all the work we have on a given subject.

Look for Subjects associated with books by or about your poet. Here's a screenshot of the subjects associated with a book I found with a keyword search of Natasha Trethewey:

  • Use Advanced Search to search by subject at Any Field.


Gale Literature Literary Sources is the Holman Library literary criticism database.

Most of the content is mainstream and scholarly criticism, but you will find some work by the poet in his or her own words.

  • Limit to Primary Sources and Literary Works.

Other library databases may have full text or excerpts of works by your poets. Try the following sources:

InterLibrary Loan (or ILL) is a service offered by Holman Library for borrowing books and articles from other libraries. 

  • Books and other items that require mailing may take 1-2 weeks.
  • Articles and other digital items may arrive within 2-5 days. Be sure to include your email as your contact info.

To request an item, use information you find in the tools above to fill out the Student Interlibrary Loan form. If you need help filling out this form, call the library reference desk at 253-833-9111 ext. 2091.

InterLibrary Loan requests are free to students, faculty and staff.

Claudia Rankine

Other Works by Claudia Rankine

Analyze poetry: from reviews, to interviews & overviews, to scholarly analysis

Search and read key poetry criticism and more in Gale Literature Literary Sources. 

Tip: You will gain insight into your poet's work by reading criticism even if the discussion doesn't address your specific poem.

Note: if accessing these databases from off-campus, you will need to sign in with your GRC student ID#.


  • You can search Gale Literature by keyword or browse by author, work title or topic.

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In Print: You may also go to the print reference collection and search the purple Gale Literature Criticism book series: 

  • Use the Author Index at the back of each volume to see criticism across volumes and series.

  • Search the Cumulative Title Index (separate, small, slick volume on the shelf) for a title to see all criticism within that particular series.

Use the Holman Library database Academic Search Complete to find reviews, interviews, student overviews, scholarly literary criticism, and some poetry.

What should you type into a database to find scholarship?

Use Keywords that represent what you want to find, such as:

  • Author name, Poetry collection, Poem title, Theme, the word Criticism

Try Subject Terms, such as:

  • in ASP: LITERATURE -- History & criticism  
  • In ProQuest and JSTOR: Literary Criticism 

Note: Limit to Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals if optional, though be aware not everything you find will be scholarly

Note: The scholarly journal The Explicator provides a good model for how to explicate a text. Find The Explicator with One Search or use the link below:

Find key scholarly criticism and a wealth of mainstream criticism in the multidisciplinary database ProQuest.

Use the Holman Library database JSTOR to search for literary criticism.

  • Note that in JSTOR you cannot limit a search to only scholarly journals, but much of the content is scholarly.

  • Limit your search to articles for criticism. 

  • Limit to reviews for reviews of poetry collections.

  • You might also find poetry by your authors in JSTOR. 


Project Muse is a partially open access humanities research resource. If you find a great article on your topic with this tool, you may request it through InterLibrary Loan if the full text is not available.