The Art of the Poetry Chapbook

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Chapbooks – small booklets often made by hand – are essential to American Poetry. Chapbooks provide poets an inexpensive, accessible way to showcase their work in a small format, and often serve as a calling card for up-and-coming poets looking to find a publisher for their first full-length collection. Chapbooks also allow for experimentation and artistry in the book arts. The UT Poetry Center has collected chapbooks for over 50 years, and this exhibit highlights the forms, experimentation, and genre found in these little books.

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