National Poem Day in Your Pocket is Friday, April 29th, and it’s the perfect day to dip into a good poetry book. Whether you’re on an emotional healing journey, or want to escape into a world built by the classical poets, books are available for esteemed writers – and rising stars – Bookshop.org.
Therefore, when someone asks you to recite a poem – do not be unprepared. Here are some poetry books that should be on hand for Poem in Your Pocket Day.
The Complete Poetry of Maya Angelou: The late Maya Angelou is best known as a poet, memoirist and civil rights activist. Her words live on in this book, which includes all of her work–reflections on living as an African American and the hardships of her experience. Among the critically acclaimed pieces are “Just Give Me a Cold Drink of Water” and “I Still Rise”.
“Night” by Wilder Poetry: The poems from “Nocturnal” come with a guide to healing and self-discovery, using horoscope metaphors and night images as a theme throughout the book.
“The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe”: There is no poetry without Edgar Allan Poe, and this book will give you access to the full collection. The book is best known for his short stories and poems including “To Helen”, “Annabel Lee”, “The Bells” and “The Raven”.
Collection of poems by Robert FrostBy: Robert Frost is one of the most famous poets on this list, and if you’re into poetry, this is a solid place to start. Robert Frost’s poetry has been praised for its realistic depiction of rural New England life during the early twentieth century, as well as for its examination of social and philosophical issues.
The Collected Poems of Sylvia Plath: Sylvia Plath is known as the mother of sectarian poetry and a full range of her works are available in this book. Among her most famous works are the poetic groups “The Giant”, “Crossing the Water”, “Winter Trees” and “Ariel”.
“Envelope Poems” by Emily DickinsonBy: Emily Dickinson is a pivotal piece of American poetry and “Envelope Poems” features her unpublished works, drafts, and letters. Read verses and lines that miss some of Dickinson’s acclaimed works, such as “Success is Sweeter” and “I Felt a Funeral in My Brain.”
“Milk and Honey” by Ruby Kor: For Ruby Kaur, less is more. “Milk and Honey” consists of short poems that have become a favorite on social media. The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Each page deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache, and takes readers on a journey of one of life’s most bitter moments. Kaur finds sweetness in them and weaves an inspiring story.
“The Sun and Its Flowers” by Ruby Kor: Core’s second book, The Sun and Its Flowers, is divided into five chapters. The book delves into the journey of fading, falling, rooting, rising and flourishing.
Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings by Shel SilversteinKnown for his children’s poetry, Shel Silverstein is an artist and poet best known for “Where the Sidewalk Ends”. The set is funny and deep for the young (and the young at heart).
“Home Poems” by Danese Smith: “Home” is Danise Smith’s poem about friendship. Released after Smith’s close friends were lost, “Homie” details a search for joy and intimacy in a country that may both seem scarce.
“I Hope This Makes You Uncomfortable” Poems by Cat Savage: Cat Savage deals with heartache and loneliness in “I Hope This Makes You Uneasy.” Savage describes the emotional experiences of women and the sensitive, uncomfortable, and violent actions that result from them.
“Poetry of Self-Love: For Thinkers and Feelers” by Melody Godfried: Melody Godfried was methodical when it came to preparing her book, Poetry of Self-Love. The poems included in the collection – 100 pairs of poems – explore concepts such as authenticity, surrender, resilience, gratitude, belief in yourself and of course love. The left side of the book are “notebook” poems that illuminate the more literally analytical left side of the brain, and on the right side are companion “feeling” poems that address the more emotionally creative right side of the brain.
Feel Your Way Through: A Book of Poetry by Kelsey BalleriniCountry music artist Kelsey Ballerini puts her emotions into poetry through her book Feel Your Way Through. The “Half of My Hometown” singer explores the challenges of growing into a woman. Topics covered include family, relationships, body image, self-love, sex, and youth lessons.
‘ Two Fishes: (Book of Poetry) by Jenny Eko Efuru Chilombo: “2Fish” is a collection of poems and short stories by Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo. The “Post to Be” singer details her experiences from adolescence to adulthood, in no particular order along with her thoughts in their most honest and true form.
A Year and Other Poems: And Other Poems by Joss Charles: Gus Charles, a famous author, has a collection of poetry that chronicles a mourning period. Those who are grieving will come to terms with Charles’ words.
If they come to us: poems by Fatima AsgharFatma Asghar is one of the founders of the Emmy-nominated web series Brown Girls. Asghar’s first fictional and emotional poetry collection captures the experiences of being a young Pakistani Muslim woman in contemporary America. As an orphan, Asghar writes about coming of age and dealing with issues of gender and race without direction from either the mother or the father. The poems detail pain, joy, vulnerability, and compassion.
Nobody Wants to Die on Mondays: A Series of Short Things by Sajid Ahmed: The book, with black humor, delves into the author’s experiences with friendships, romance, and life and death. The poems illustrate the impact that medical issues have had Sajid AhmedHow he fought depression.