The editors of CAVERNS: Kentucky Middle School Poetry, volume 1, 2018, are extremely grateful to the talented students, dedicated teachers, and proud parents who made this first volume possible. Poems were solicited from classroom teachers during National Poetry Month, April 2017. The poems were selected for publication after extensive editorial board review, using a rubric adapted from Christine Lewy (2001). Only poems with signed parental/guardian permission letters were published. Students or parents decided whether to publish the poet’s full name or first name and last initial only. The poems were divided roughly into sections by topic: start-and-stop poems, homage, haiku, reflections, and ruminations. Future editions may have different sections.

Support for the 2018 edition of CAVERNS: Kentucky Middle School Poetry was provided by the Kentucky Reading Association (KRA) and the Western Kentucky Reading Council of KRA.


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