Poetry Recommendations

Hello booklovers!

I thought it was time for another bookish discussion post since I had so much fun talking with all of you last time.

So this week, I want to talk about poetry. I’ve never really been a poetry reader, but I’d like to change that. I’ve really gotten into watching spoken word poetry on Youtube, and I love it. Its emotional, and visceral, and so heartfelt. And the stories these poets are telling are so incredibly powerful.

I have found some collections that I’m really excited to read:

Our Numbered Days by Neil Hilborn
No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay
the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace
Lace Bone Beast by N.L. Shompole

But, I want more. And, that’s where you lovely people come in.

Have you read any of these collections? Did you like them? Do you have collections that you love and can recommend to me? Do you read much poetry ? Why or why not?

Let’s talk in the comments!


18 thoughts on “Poetry Recommendations

  1. I’d love to be of some help here but I’m afraid I haven’t ventured far at all into the world of poetry. These collections you mentioned do have me more curious though. I looked them up and Lace Bone Beast especially got my attention. I wound up adding it to my TBR list. ๐Ÿ˜€
    Years ago I read Anne Sexton’s Transformations, a collection of dark and witty poems based off of old fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm. I remember liking it quite a bit, so that would probably be my best recommendation I could give. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. One of my favorites is the princess saves herself in this one, and I second the milk & honey suggestion. I love Sylvia Plath, so I have to recommend her poetry. I also enjoyed Bone by Yrsa Daley-Ward, and I’m currently reading Dirty Pretty Things by Michael Faudet (which I like so far, but I’m only about halfway through). I haven’t read The Chaos of Longing by K.Y. Robinson yet, but it’s been recommended to me a few times and it’s currently free for Kindle if you want to give it a try. I would also recommend Edna St. Vincent Millay, in general, because she’s another favorite poet. I hope you find some you love ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I’ve heard such great things about the princess saves herself in this one – its probably going to the first one of the list that I pick up!

      Definitely going to add the others to my list. Thank you so much for the recommendations! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. I haven’t heard of any of these so I might just have to search them! I also did a poetry recommendation post a while ago if you ever want more poems to read. You may have already read them though, as quite a few of them are classics ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. I had to read a lot of collections in college since the classes that did them were required. I really enjoyed Thomas Hardy, Robert Frost and there’s one collection (I assume so) of poets that went and fought in WWI and never returned. Their poetry was haunting, beautiful but sad to read as well. I’m sure Goodreads has a nice list of other ones. Great discussion ๐Ÿ™‚ Poetry can be heard because there’s many structured formats and you’re not sure how to interpret it sometimes.

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    1. I will definitely check them out! ๐Ÿ™‚

      I think that’s what appeals to me about poetry – every poem is different to each person who reads it. I really like the idea that you can find meaning in them based on your life, issues, etc. There is no one way to read/understand a poem.

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  5. I love No Matter the Wreckage! It’s one of my faves! I haven’t read Neil Hilborn’s book yet, but I have really enjoyed the poems I’ve seen him perform on YouTube.

    I’m also a fan of Give Me a God I Can Relate To by Blythe Baird, Filthy Labors by Lauren Marie Schmidt, and Book of Matches by Simon Armitage (though BoM is a little closer in style to the poems I had to read for school, and a little farther from Sarah Kay’s or Hilborn’s styles)

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    1. Yay! Glad to hear good things about it. I love watching Sarah Kay’s spoken word on YouTube – so I’m really excited to see how her words speak to me on the page.

      Definitely going to check out the other collections you’ve listed. Thanks for the recommendations!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. okay so I’m not huge into poetry either, but whenever I come across some unpublished work on fictionpress or something I fall in love with it, so I think I should give a real published collection a try.

    Thank you for the recommendations!

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  7. Spoken poetry on Youtube is everything ugh! It’s so beautiful and heart wrenching and I love reading old poetry and then reading some recent ones and comparing how far we’ve come.

    We read “The princess saves herself in this one” recently and Beez has tried writing a review for it in verse and Iโ€™d love it if you could check it out!

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