15 New Poetry Collections That'll Inspire You
Prepare yourself for some amazing new poetry books out soon!
New Poetry Collections to Read That Will Inspire You
Poet Laureate Rita Dove said poetry is "language at its most distilled and most powerful" and we couldn't agree more. Poetry is a form of literature that evokes a lot of emotion in the reader. It can express what other forms of writing can't, and the wonderful thing is that, given there are so many fantastic poets today, there's always someone releasing new and exciting poetry books.
We hope you give these new and upcoming poetry collections a read and enjoy them just as much as we know will. Maybe you'll even discover your new favorite writer!
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1. How to Be a Poet by J. M. Farkas
"avenge your mother. invent
a girl with a reckless heart.
free her in her tower. be a thief,
snatch time, every time you write..."
2. Aphrodite Made Me Do It by Trista Mateer
"I didn't forget how to fight for myself.
I forgot that I could."
3. Odes to Lithium by Shira Erlichman
"Our first kiss wasn't behind the high school. Not in the movie theater's back row. Not after the first breakdown. It went like this: Me, released from the hospital jail with a fresh prescription, one bag packed, staying at a friend's house, with no exit plan or exist plan."
4. Mistress by Chet’la Sebree
"I am black wench,
wench Sally, African Venus, Sarah Hemings,
and I cannot be your coalmine canary,
cannot tell you which man will be true."
5. Swallowtail by Brenna Twohy
"Peach pits are poisonous. This is not a mistake.
Girlhood is growing fruit
around cyanide. It will never be yours for the swallowing."
6. Felon by Reginald Dwayne Betts
"You come home & become a parade
of confessions that leave you drowning,
lost recounting the disappeared years"
7. How to Cure a Ghost by Fariha Róisín
"everything about me
is sticky, like a curse,
i come undone, like yarn,
unspooling on the ground."
8. Hustling Verse: An Anthology of Sex Workers’ Poetry
9. HoodWitch by Faylita Hicks
"something that can & will survive
a whole century of hunt."
10. Bodega by Su Hwang
of doing business in the projects where we
were trapped inside human cages—binding us
in a strange circus where atoms of haves
and have-nots always forcefully collide."
11. Grief Sequence by Prageeta Sharma
"Seclusion may kill your heart in the process of producing the love-stained stench in your poems, the ones containing boundaries of shame with their sober problems"
12. Exorcism Lessons in the Heartland by Cara Dees
"Even in this world/an arc must still be possible."
13. Crash Course by Esteban Rodriguez
"we can love things
without owning them,
that we can pray
we'll someday return."
14. A Theory of Birds by Zaina Alsous
"Inside the dodo bird is a forest, Inside the forest
a peach analog, Inside the peach analog a woman, Inside
the woman a lake of funerals"
15. The Truth About Magic by Atticus
"We just want
the world to love
the little monsters
that we are."
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