National Poetry Month

It’s the 18th and I just realized I never posted book recs for National Poetry Month :/ Oops…

I made a post last year, so I won’t add all of those to this post. This post will be for poetry I’ve read since last April, or forgot to include last time. All the links (and covers…if they’re working properly) take you to the Goodreads page for each book.




Love, and You
by Gretchen Gomez– This was one of my favorites last year, and I highly recommend it if you’ve enjoyed books by Rupi Kaur, Amanda Lovelace, etc. (Reviewed here)

 

 



I Am More Than a Daydream
by Jennae Cecelia– I liked this one a lot, but haven’t bought more of her books yet. This is one I would recommend if you want a “feel good” poetry collection.

 

 

 


Tell Me Where it Hurts
by J.R. Rogue– This is what you read when you want to ache and ugly cry your way through a book. It is raw, emotional, and beautiful and I loved it.

 

 


Throes by Kat Savage– Ok…I read a couple of Kat Savage’s books really close together, so I’m not sure what my exact thoughts on this one were. I just know I gave it 5/5 stars and Kat has almost become an “auto-buy” poet for me.

 

 



La Douleur Exquise
by J.R. Rogue– Rogue has also become a favorite. Like the idiot I am, I also never reviewed this one. But I gave it 4/5 stars and remember really liking it.

 

 



The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One
by Amanda Lovelace– This one had to make the list, right? If you want to get pumped up to fight the patriarchy, check this one out. (Reviewed here)

 

 



DROPKICKromance
by Cyrus Parker– This one basically ripped out my heart. I loved this debut, and I can not wait for more from Cyrus Parker. (Reviewed here)

 

 


 

Mad Woman by Kat Savage– I think this was the first of Kat’s books I read, and oh wow did it hit me hard. (Reviewed here)

 

 


Blue Horses by Mary Oliver– I actually don’t remember anything about this one, other than enjoying it and wanting to buy more of Oliver’s books. She’d been on my TBR for like a decade anyway, but this was the first book of hers I got my hands on and I gave it 4/5 stars.

 

 


Last year, I don’t think I really talked about novels in verse, but this year, I am. Some of these I read waaaay back in high school, some I’ve read recently.

 


The Poet X
by Elizabeth Acevedo– I just read this one and abso-freaking-lutely loved it. It’s contemporary and very good. I highly recommend it, 5/5 stars. (Reviewed here)

 

 



Audacity
by Melanie Crowder– I read this one last year and devoured it, too. It’s historical fiction, but based on a real person (Clara Lemlich) and her fight for equality. I gave it 4.5/5 stars.

 

 


What My Mother Doesn’t Know
by Sonya Sones– Ok I read this one ages ago, like…probably 13+ years ago? (It came out in 2001, so I probably read it between then and 2005.) I don’t remember anything about the book itself, I just remember that I loved it when I read it. And instead of listing the other Sonya Sones books I read as a teen, I’ll just generally recommend looking into them.

 


Out of the Dust
by Karen Hesse– I probably read this one around 1998/1999, so–again– I don’t really remember it. But I did immediately remember that I’d read it when I accidentally came across it on Goodreads, so that’s something, right? I’m pretty sure I liked this one back then. I think it’s kind of pre-YA, but suitable for maybe ages 10+ (the protag is 14ish I think).

 

 

There are a lot more out there, and several I’d like to read, but this is all I can think of right now. (Although I think I could also include a couple I tried and hated, but…this is a post for recommendations to read, not avoid.)


And then we have…”other.”


The Divine Comedy
by Dante Alighieri– Confession: I haven’t finished this >.< I started it about 11 years ago when my then-fiance-now-husband bought a copy for me, and I made it like halfway through Paradiso before getting distracted by the last HP book coming out :/ Oops. But, I now have an edition that I am in love with (both the aesthetic and the translation), so…sooon!

 

 

The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer– I remember devouring these in the school library in 6th and 7th grade, and now I’m dying to re-read them, but I sadly do not have either 😦 But I have to recommend them, because they’re epic 😉 (See what I did there? I know, I’m not funny. Sorry.)

 

 


The Poetic Edda
No author on this one because the poetry was compiled and probably changed quite a bit by multiple people over the course of who knows how much time. These poems were originally passed along orally, probably as poetry or songs, before eventually being collected in writing. Anyway, if you want to know about Norse mythology, and want something closer to the original stories than some modern retellings and the like, check this out.


Aaaannnd….that’s all I have right now. I am thinking about making another post with the poetry books at the top of my wishlist, so if that’s something any of you would be interested in, definitely let me know 🙂


What are some of your favorite poetry books?

Have you read any novels in verse that you loved?

How about epics, myths, etc.?

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