Find a new poetry author or return to the classics!
Poetry is a literary genre that stands the test of time.
As long as people are writing, there will be
People writing poems,
Reflecting on the struggles and beauties they see in real life,
And those poems in turn will impact the people who read them.
It can be difficult to navigate the world of poetry. Unless you know a certain author, a lot of the books tend to blend together, and reading a poem here and there might not show whether a book of poems will be relevant to you. That’s where us booksellers come in. We’re here to help, and this post is about some of the modern poets and classics that we recommend.
- Rupi Kaur – This woman has made a huge splash in the poetry world. More young people than ever before are finding a love for poetry and what is possible through the art of poetry through her two books. Milk and Honey , a book that has exploded with popularity since it first came out in 2015, and still regularly remains on the Pacific Northwest Bestseller list. Learn more about Rupi Kaur in this Publisher Weekly article.
- Amanda Lovelace – Lovelace got onto people’s radar with her book The Princess Saves Herself in This One. She has since continued to publish similar titles that follow the theme pattern of women empowerment and gender equality, and just came out with her latest collection, The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One, which hit the shelves March 5th of this year. Read more about this modern poet here.
- Lang Leav – This author weaves delicate and powerful stories through the art of poetry. Each book has a similar style and voice while telling the story in a different way. Love & Misadventure introduces the story as the first book in the series. Lullabies, the second, further tells the story with a musical theme. There are four out so far, and many other books she has written, including a fiction piece, Sad Girls. Read more with this Publisher Weekly interview.
- Lord Byron – Lord Byron, named George Gordon Noel Byron, is one the major Romantic writers of the early 18th Century. One of his most famous works, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, is a book of poetry centering around themes of adolescent struggles. Anytime he went through hardship in his life, he expressed those emotions through poetry, creating works that still have a great effect on people, a hundred or so years later.
- Pablo Neruda – Neruda was also born under a rather long name, Ricardo Eliezer Neftali Reyes y Basoalto, and only later in his teens did he take on the name Pablo Neruda. While Neruda wrote on a great many subjects, he is known for his collections of love poetry. Love Poems, a work that was originally published anonymously in 1952, is full of raw passion and desire. There’s no sheltering or cutting corners when it comes to describing the sensual side of being human.
- Emily Dickinson – Dickinson, an American woman poet, wasn’t known for her works until after her death in 1886. She wrote poetry based on the world around her, her social world, which reflected on what it was like to live during that period, the 19th century. While there are many smaller volumes containing her work, there is now Hope is the Thing with Feathers, which is a complete collection of her works.
More information on all of these authors can be found at the Poetry Foundation, who cover most everything that goes on in the poetry world, and also do a lot to encourage young readers to read and write poetry. They co-founded the Poetry Out Loud program, which involves high school students memorizing and performing poetry in a nationwide competition.