One of my big life goals is to create a significant poetry section on my bookshelves. As a lover of poetry, I was shocked when I recently realized that the only poetry books on my shelves are those that were required from various classes; if you don’t count the William Wordsworth volume that I managed to snag from a used bookstore. My winter reading list features several poetry volumes but I have made little inroads on that. However, I did make a recent poetry purchase. It was Black Girl Magic by Mahogany L. Browne. I love it so much that I want to purchase another copy to donate to my local library.
Although it’s technically only one poem, it is really amazingly powerful and I strongly suggest reading it.
I’m going to share a small list of books that I plan to get in the next four months or so. I’m hoping that because I plan to buy these from Amazon that it will make them start recommending more books for me. A few of these are books from a few of my favorite poets and some come highly recommended.
milk and honey -rupi kaur
Don’t Call Us Dead-Danez Smith
The Essential Rumi-Rumi
Night Sky with Exit Wounds-Ocean Vuong
This Is My Beloved- Walter Benton
I’ve Been a Woman: New and Selected Poems- Sonia Sanchez
The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni: 1968-1998- Nikki Giovanni
The Complete Poetry- Maya Angelou
Electric Arches- Eve Ewing
(and I must have) The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010
Please feel free to share any recommendation for poetry books. I am serious about growing my collection and reading more poetry.