The Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans is a book published each year comprised of various poems written by children in the 8-13 age range. Each school that wished to enter could send the top two or three submissions from their students in, and then the best of those from all the poems received appeared in the anthology.

Think Who's Who? but with poetry instead of biographies. Judging by the crap I wrote when I was twelve that made it into the book (yes, that's right, RimRod is a Published Author), I have a feeling they published almost all of the entries they received--and then made their money by selling copies at outragous prices to all the authors' families. Much the same way Who's Who? does, actually.

In other words, a very clever scam (although totally legal). My family and I bought it hook, line, and sinker, by the way.

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