With the 21st of March not only being the first day of spring but also World Poetry Day, I thought it would be a nice idea to publish a round up of my favourite poetry books. Now that I am back in the reading game and have delved into the world of poetry while reading for my literature exam, I have also found my love for poetry again. In addition to that, I’ve added five poetry collections to read in 2019 to the list. So in short – this is a list of books I would recommend to you and books that have been recommended to me.
What is World Poetry Day?
Established in 1999 UNESCO decided to make the 21st of March World Poetry Day to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities. The observance of World Poetry Day is also meant to encourage a return to the oral tradition of poetry recitals, to promote the teaching of poetry, to restore a dialogue between poetry and the other arts such as theatre, dance, music and painting, and to support small publishers and create an attractive image of poetry in the media, so that the art of poetry will no longer be considered an outdated form of art, but one which enables society as a whole to regain and assert its identity.
My Favourite Poems and Poetry Books
This collection is probably the most popular book on the list. And if you haven’t read it yet, what are you waiting for? Kaur writes about survival, memory, the pain you might experience in a lifetime and a journey towards healing.
Lovelace’s poetry collection deals with love, loss, grief, failure, pain, and healing from the perspective of young girls. It is a truly empowering read that will help you tap into a more empowered sense of self.
Salt Water is targeted at young women, focusing on self-love. This work of poetry is a reminder that everything is going to be okay if you reach a place of acceptance where you can practice forgiveness and self-love. Reading through this book feels almost meditative and reforming.
Atticus is an Instagram poet and those who are frequently on the app might have encountered one or two of his works already. In The Dark between Stars, you can find a curated selection lovingly printed between sheets of paper, rather than on your Phone.
I have been following Orion on Instagram and Youtube for years. So, of course, when she announced she had a poetry book coming out, I immediately had to order it. This stunningly beautiful work deals with the hardship of a breakup and the pain you have to go through in order to heal.
5 Poetry Collections to Read in 2019
In this poetry collection, Doshi writes about violence against women, giving them a chance to speak at last. Her poetry is packed with emotion and hope, with violence, rage and redemption.
I Don’t Write About Race is an autobiographical poetic exploration of identity. It draws upon the struggles in finding your true self, race, and gender issues in a modern world.
The Strength In Our Scars is meant to remind you of your inner strength when you are feeling your weakest. It will guide you along your journey of healing from past pain, moving on from failed loves, and learning to love yourself. Hope is hidden inside these pages but it is up to you to crack them open. The book is perfect for overthinkers, fixers, and empaths.
Daniell Koepke is the woman behind the Internal Acceptance Movement and in this poetry collection, she reminds us all that we are enough, just as we are. The poetry is as beautiful as it is encouraging and is the perfect poetic read for anyone doubting themselves and their role in this world.
Your Soul Is A River will teach you how to cope with the trauma haunting you. It will help you understand the loss and sad experiences you have endured were part of a process.
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