Celebrate National Poetry Month

In 1996, the Academy of American Poets declared April as National Poetry Month. Whether you are an avid reader of poetry or are new to the genre, why not try reading one of these recently published collections by these fresh voices in the poetic world. 

Homebody by Rupi Kaur print book | ebook 

Rupi Kaur grew to fame after she self published her first poetry collection, Milk and Honey, which was later reprinted by Andrews McMeel in 2015.  Her latest book “Homebody,” is about love, acceptance, and embracing change.

Sorry I Haven’t Texted You Back by Alicia Cook ebook

New Jersey poet, Alicia Cook’s voice shines in this third collection of raw poetry. This book is formatted as a “poetic mixtape” and explores themes related to mental health. 

Shine Your Icy Crown by Amanda Lovelace print book | ebook

If you’re a fan of Lovelace’s “Women are some kind of magic” series, you’re in for a treat with this Cinderella-esc installment. 

American Melancholy by Joyce Carol Oates print book 

Oates’ first collection of poetry in over 25 years explores the human heart through poems of race, politics, poverty, and loss. 

Dearly by Margaret Atwood print book | ebook | audiobook

If you’re a fan of Atwood’s fiction, this collection of poetry is a must read. This is Atwood’s first published collection of poetry. Her poems address themes such as nature, love, loss, and even zombies. 

Nineteen by Mackenzie Campbell print book | ebook 

This is Campbell’s second collection of poetry and is titled after the age she was when she wrote it. The poems in this collection are emotional in a way that everyone can relate to. 

Dear Girl by Aija Mayrock print book | ebook | audiobook

Poet and spoken word performer, Aja Mayrock, takes readers on a journey from girlhood to womanhood in this collection of poems exploring truth, silence, wounds, and healing. 

Swimming Lessons Lili Reinhart print book 

Actress Lili Reinhart explores young love while battling anxiety and depression while in the face of fame.  

I Would Leave Me If I Could by Halsey print book | ebook | audiobook 

Fans of Hasey’s music will devour this collection of poetry. Just as one becomes immersed in the lyrics of her songs, readers will find themselves immersed in the poetics of relationships, family, and mental illness. 

Stop by the library during our browse & borrow hours to explore more wonderful titles within the Library’s poetry collection. 

-Jessica, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

One Reply to “Celebrate National Poetry Month”

  1. Please add one book of poetry out of 51 by Rabindranath Tagore. His poetry is timeless, pl Google Gregory Peck tribute to Audrey Hepburn. His 2300 songs stand out and challenge without any exaggeration, all music ever written.

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