Book List| 5 Poetry Books You Must Read

Updated: May 2, 2019


In honor of National Poetry Month I went on a shopping spree to buy books authored by Poets all over the internet, therefore had the pleasure of reading a diverse group of inspiring work. I am so excited to share these recommendations with you all as I am sure you will enjoy at least one, if not all of them. Keep reading to find awesome additions to any bookshelf.

Oh, I almost forgot, -Happy poetry month friends!






1. Depression and Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim


Sabrina takes the reader through an honest look at her internal thoughts during depression and shares a few magical moments along the way. Her conversation with her mother in which she attempts to describe her depressive journey will resonate with every reader who has ever tried to share something with those they love while not quite being able to grasp the feeling itself.


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2. Still Can't Do My Daughter's Hair by William Evans


This collection of poems is a real treat. Not often do we as an audience get to hear the articulate deep inner thoughts of the struggles men go through on a daily basis. Through these pages Evans gives us an insight, from an African American male perspective, on the hidden pains of domestic black life, the resilience it breeds and how it shapes our future society.


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3. No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay


Sarah Kay is a poet on a mission to break the internet. Her performative videos boasts over twelve million views. No Matter the Wreckage is her debut collection of poems. In a way only she can, Kay deliciously describes the world around her as she discovers new feelings, places, and relationships. I have yet to read a bad poem by this author and I won't be holding by breath until I do.


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4. The Future by Neil Hilborn


Hilborn writes with a boyish humor yet with the emotion of an old soul. This collection explores his first kiss, revenge sex and the reimagined event of his father's absence. Complete with a dinosaur on the front cover and quotes from his phone, notebook and bike (yes, you read that correctly) -this read will give you the light-hearted fun you seek along with the deep meaningful art that you expect.


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5. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur


If you are a frequent here at ReadingOnTheRun then you already know that Rupi Kaur is one of our favorites. Her ability to tell an impactful story with as few words as possible gives her a signature that can't be imitated. This collection covers the beauty of being a women while hurting, loving, breaking and healing. A must read indeed.


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Hope you enjoy these great reads. Happy reading my friends!


xoxoxoxox,

RTOR