7 Poetry books

7 Poetry books you need to add to your reading list right away!

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I’m aware that people are working from home because of this lockdown and don’t really have time for themselves. So, it’s very difficult to work on your hobbies or develop new habits like reading a novel. But you can always opt for a poetry book, that’s short and sweet and you can read it whenever you have time. Here I’ll be listing down 7 famous poetry books that have everything from love and faith to identity and revolution.

• The Dogs That I Have Kissed by Trista Mateer

In this poetry collection, best-selling author Trista Mateer weaves religious imagery and heartache together. These poems are for those who are strangely hopeful despite having served the tougher portion of love.

• Yesterday I was the moon by Noor Unnahar

This book by Noor Unnahar, a young female poet from Pakistan, is a moving account of breaking down and rebuilding yourself through teenage and adulthood. Her poems revolve around love, loss, belonging, and the catharsis of finding your voice.

• To drink coffee with a ghost by Amanda Lovelace

In this beautiful poetry book, Amanda Lovelace explores the complicated memory of her relationship with her now-deceased mother – “ You cannot have a funeral for your mother without also having a funeral for yourself.”

• Calling A wolf a wolf by Kasey Akbar

Recommended by the Poetry Book Society and shortlisted for the Felix Dennis Prize for the Best First Collection, this book navigates addiction and thirst – for alcohol, for other bodies, for more knowledge, and for life.

• The Future by Neil Hilborn

Another Button Poetry gem, Neil Holborn’s poetry OCD took the Internet by storm with over 14 million views. In this book, Hilborn talks of heartbreak, nostalgia, and mental health. He reminds readers that we all eventually drift back together.

• Small Talk by Devanshi Khetarpal

This book is a collection of poems written over five years in various different cities – all bound by the themes of loss, belonging, and coming to terms with change.

• When you ask me where I’m going by Jasmin Kaur

This poetry book tells a story of a young immigrant mother escaping years of trauma and living undocumented while raising her daughter in North America. It deals with identity through the lens of culture, feminism, and stigma.