The month of April is the internationally beloved National Poetry Month, created in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. It has its own website and millions of readers. They call for librarians, teachers, and readers to celebrate in any way possible. What are some of the best poems released recently? In celebration of poetry month, here is a list of some of the best compilations:
Rupi Kaur’s poetry has taken the world by storm with her 2014 compilation of poems Milk and Honey. It is split into four chapters and focuses on her journey of sexual assault, healing, finding love, and loving yourself. It has been on the New York Times Best Sellers List for seventy-seven weeks and has sold over 2.5 million copies. Her following work, The Sun and Her Flowers, was published last year.
Another prominent collection of poems is Don’t Call Us Dead: Poems by Danez Smith. It was published in 2017 and touched on a variety of hard-hitting themes such as police shootings, racial tensions in America, and a medical diagnosis that changes lives. Every poetry reader should add this book to their 2018 reading list.
Poetry is certainly gaining traction in the literary world. The poetry collection Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong as been received with glowing reviews. He is a fairly new poet and this collection was published in 2016. His poems center around the Vietnam War, romance, sadness, and family relationships.
Morgan Parker wrote the poetry book There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce. Her work revolves around Black American womanhood and the tragedies, love, and vulnerability that comes with that title. Multiple articles have been written about her in The Nation, The Washington Post, and NPR. Her writing is unapologetic and guides the reader to become more self-aware.
Poetry has a bad reputation in the modern world. People believe that haiku’s are simple and anyone can create a poem. Unlike novels, poems are a quick conversation, a simple smile-and-wave exchange of words. People might be turned off by their short length; however, some things are best said in one exploding sentence than several drawn out chapters.
-Laura Rodgers, Intern