When it comes to searching for poetry and short stories, or any book really, there's nothing quite like browsing the shelves of your local library, waiting for the books to reach out and grab you, but when it comes to essay-writing season there's no substitute for the convenience of a good, solid, academic database.
The timing couldn't be any better for our newest, and my new favorite, E-Library resource. Last month one of my co-workers gracefully introduced me to the Poetry & Short Story Reference Centre in the blog "In Search of Short Stories" and I've been hooked ever since. Also since then, Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize. Then Lynn Coady won the Giller for her short story collection 'Hellgoing'.
A good year for the form often considered inferior to the novel.
Regardless of where we stand on that useless debate, any one looking to master the craft of fiction is going to find everything they need to dig deep into these shorter forms, both classic and contemporary. To be specific:
- more than 51,000 full-text short stories
- more than 700,000 full-text poems
- more than 10,000 dramatic works
- audio recordings of poets reading their own work from Academy of American Poets
- more than 450 poem explications
- 542 eBooks
- lesson plans from The Poetry Foundation
Whether you are a student of literature or a teacher (and if you're a writer you're likely striving for both), the Poetry & Short Story Reference Centre may become your new go-to spot for pretty much everything. Give it a whirl!