Poetry Recommendations

As April is National Poetry Month I thought I’d do another post this time on some recent favorite poetry collections. I think a lot of times people don’t read a lot of poetry because poetry can often be confusing or maybe you associate it with school lessons on iambic pentameter. My thought is the more you read poetry, the more you’ll start to find those books and poems that work for you.

So here are some poetry recollections I highly recommend which I think are very accessible:

Cast Away: Poems for Our Time by Naomi Shihab Nye. Here are some poems that will make you think about the things we throw out and their impact on our world. Some are a light and fun but somehow still make you think. This may be geared toward more younger readers but I think anyone would enjoy it. And, with Earth Day coming up on April 22, this would be ag great complement to your celebration.

What Kind of Woman by Kate Baer. What a powerful collection of poems about marriage, motherhood and friendship. I am sure there will be poems here that will resonate with you.

Weaving Sundown in a Scarlet Light: Fifty Poems for Fifty Years by Joy Harjo. An amazing collection which spans a poet’s work throughout her writing career. Not only that, if you find that you don’t understand one of the poems or need a bit more clarification, well, there’s a notes section at the end which has info for each one of the poems. I absolutely loved that.

If you’ve read these or they don’t spark your interest, well how about checking out Literary Hub’s 47 of your Favorite Writers on their Favorite Poems. You are bound to find something that appeals.

Have a wonderful weekend and more book talk soon!

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  1. April 16, 2023