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We're once again in April, "the cruellest month" according to T. S. Eliot but beloved by so many poets! Here are some of our favourite collections of poetry, slim and thick, reverent and angry, joyous and precise. Poetry is observation, love of language, a moment pinned into place by words. Support a poet, buy a poetry collection today! Suggest more to us. We want to hear.


The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country Cover Image
By Amanda Gorman, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780593465271
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Published: Viking Books - March 30th, 2021

Amanda Gorman’s powerful and historic poem “The Hill We Climb,” read at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, is now available as a collectible gift edition.

“Stunning.” —CNN 
“Dynamic.” —NPR
“Deeply rousing and uplifting.” —Vogue

The Historians: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324006879
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 13th, 2020

Winner of the 2020 Costa Poetry Award

A forceful and moving final volume from one of the most masterful poets of the twentieth century.

Make Me Rain: Poems & Prose Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062995285
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Published: William Morrow - October 20th, 2020

One of America’s most celebrated poets challenges us with this powerful and deeply personal collection of verse that speaks to the injustices of society while illuminating the depths of her own heart.

Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399563263
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Published: Penguin Books - November 10th, 2020

A New York Times Bestseller, chosen as Oprah's "Books That Help Me Through" for Oprah's Book Club

A Fortune for Your Disaster Cover Image
ISBN: 9781947793439
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Published: Tin House Books - September 3rd, 2019

“When an author’s unmitigated brilliance shows up on every page, it’s tempting to skip a description and just say, Read this! Such is the case with this breathlessly powerful, deceptively breezy book of poetry.” —Booklist, Starred Review

When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry Cover Image
By Joy Harjo (Editor), LeAnne Howe (With), Jennifer Elise Foerster (With)
ISBN: 9780393356809
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 25th, 2020

Selected as one of Oprah Winfrey's "Books That Help Me Through"

United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo gathers the work of more than 160 poets, representing nearly 100 indigenous nations, into the first historically comprehensive Native poetry anthology.

African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song (LOA #333): A Library of America Anthology Cover Image
By Kevin Young (Editor)
ISBN: 9781598536669
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Published: Library of America - October 20th, 2020

A literary landmark: the biggest, most ambitious anthology of Black poetry ever published, gathering 250 poets from the colonial period to the present

A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year Cover Image
By Jane McMorland Hunter (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781849945004
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Published: Batsford - December 11th, 2018

Celebrate nature every day of the year with 365 of the most beautiful poems ever written.

Side Effects May Include Strangers (The Hugh MacLennan Poetry Series #56) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780228003571
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Published: McGill-Queen's University Press - October 22nd, 2020

Ask, Can we for a moment make of beauty / the measure of our pain? and I will answer. To be ill is to be a body bursting with strangers. A curiosity. A narrative to interpret. Dominik Parisien's debut collection is a poignant celebration of the complicated lived experience of disability, a challenge to the societal gaze, and a bold reconfiguration of the language of pain.

Whale Day: And Other Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399589751
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Published: Random House - September 29th, 2020

A wondrous collection from Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate and New York Times bestselling author of The Rain in Portugal
“The poems are marked by [Collins’s] characteristic humor and arise out of small, banal moments, unearthing the extraordinary or uncanny in the everyday.”—The Wall Street Journal

Coming to Age: Growing Older with Poetry Cover Image
By Carolyn Hopley (Editor), Mary Ann Hoberman (Editor)
ISBN: 9780316424912
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 14th, 2020

This exquisitely giftable anthology of poems about age and aging reveals the wisdom of trailblazing writers who found power and growth later in life.

Homie: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644450109
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Published: Graywolf Press - January 21st, 2020


Danez Smith is our president

Home Body Cover Image
ISBN: 9781449486808
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - November 17th, 2020

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey and the sun and her flowers comes her greatly anticipated third collection of poetry.

rupi kaur constantly embraces growth, and in home body, she walks readers through a reflective and intimate journey visiting the past, the present, and the potential of the self.

Together in a Sudden Strangeness: America's Poets Respond to the Pandemic Cover Image
By Alice Quinn (Editor)
ISBN: 9780593318720
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Published: Knopf - November 17th, 2020

In this urgent outpouring of American voices, our poets speak to us as they shelter in place, addressing our collective fear, grief, and hope from eloquent and diverse individual perspectives.

My Name Will Grow Wide Like a Tree: Selected Poems Cover Image
By Yi Lei, Tracy K. Smith (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781644450406
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 3rd, 2020

One of China’s most significant contemporary poets, co-translated by former US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith