Poetry is that often revered genre that people tend to stay away from; the one where people have no clue where to start or what to look for. There are many different forms, and genres of poetic writing, and some works make people ponder on the entirety of a few lines, while other poetry is notable for its length and storytelling. Either way, for people who do not know where yet to jump in, or are expecting to be blown away by a poetic line of tidal wave proportion, there are roads that can be helpful. In addition to reading poetry internally, read it out loud, and see how that helps. Don’t be afraid to reach back to the classics, to see how you connect. With that said here are some good books to dive into for poets and poet readers of any age:
1. Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
Why not start with some children’s crossover classics. Sure Dahl might not be writing topics that are considered “adult,” but his creative and inspirational way of writing is sure to engage anyone. This book is also good for encouraging young poets on their journey.
2. The Witch with the Wonky Broomstick by Sam Cairns
What better way to keep Halloween alive with another book for children and those who yearn for the spooky essence of children’s literature! This is another great book beginning poetry and an excellent story to get you excited about the poetic world.
3. Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins
Billy Collins is a go-to name for poetry, and as a poet laureate from 2001 to 2003, it’s safe to say this guy knows his stuff. His poetry is mature, inquisitive and smart, yet ethereal; he is able to connect with his audience in a breathtaking way, and is great for those who might feel tepid about diving into poetry. A wonderful author, this collection includes some of his best, and newer poems.
4. Three Books by Galway Kinnell
Kinnell writes in a captivating manner, whether of the lush natural surroundings, or topics of grieving, he carefully writes and styles his poetry to be meaningful. Although his poetry is deep in meaning, it surely will captivate any reader and what better way than a collection of three books?
5. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
Rupi Kaur is new to the poetry scene, yet even so, her first collection was incredible and a hit. She writes on societal taboo topics that are sure to resonate and reach readers on a deeper, personal level. A must-read!
Which poetic works would you add to this list?
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