250 Poems: A Portable Anthology offers a brief but surprisingly comprehensive selection of chronologically arranged poetry, supported by succinct, practical editorial features, at a great price. The third edition features 70 new poems, many of them by young contemporary poets, a new appendix on writing about poetry, and an alternative thematic table of contents. Like other volumes in Bedford/St. Martin’s popular series of Portable Anthologies and Portable Guides, 250 Poems offers the series’ trademark combination of high quality and great value for teachers of literature, writing, and creative writing and their cost-conscious students.
Peter Schakel, Peter C. and Emajean Cook Professor of English at Hope College, has published numerous scholarly and pedagogical studies on Jonathan Swift and C. S. Lewis; with Jack Ridl, he has coedited Approaching Poetry (Bedford/St. Martin's, 1997) and Approaching Literature (Second Edition, Bedford/St. Martin's, 2008).
Jack Ridl is Professor Emeritus of English at Hope College where he taught courses in literature, essay writing, poetry writing, and the nature of poetry for thirty-five years. He has published six volumes of poetry and more than two hundred poems in some fifty literary magazines; his most recent collection, Broken Symmetry, was selected by the Society of Midland Authors as one of the two best volumes of poetry published in 2006. His chapbook Against Elegies received the 2001 Letterpress Award from the Center for Book Arts. His recognitions for teaching excellence include the Hope Outstanding Professor-Educator award at Hope College for 1976, the Michigan Teacher of the Year award from the Carnegie Foundation in 1996, and the Favorite Faculty/Staff Member award at Hope College in 2003. For Bedford/St. Martin’s, with Peter Schakel he coedited Approaching Poetry (1997) and 250 Poems (2003); and he is coeditor with Janet Gardner, Beverley Lawn, and Peter Schakel of Literature: a Portable Anthology (2004).