Six Poetry Recommendations

Hi everyone! As you might know, I love poetry. I don’t read it too often, but when I do I usually end up loving it. The problem is, however, that I have no idea how to write reviews for it. I’m not a poetry expert; I don’t know any of the terms or techniques, I have no idea if the structure is right, etc.

Because of this, it’s really difficult for me to review poetry. I can talk about whether I liked the poems, whether they touched me, whether I liked the word choice but that’s about it. If I have to review poetry collections only using those things, the review will probably be about 100 words long.

I feel like the poetry collections I read and love deserve more than that, so I decided to spotlight a few of my favorites!

Heaven or This by Topaz Winters – Heaven or This is a wonderful sapphic poetry collection, full of poems about girls loving girls. When I first read this I had tears streaming down my face, and it’s one of those collections that I come back to again and again and again. Topaz Winters is incredibly talented and her way with words is just amazing. I have a feeling that everything written by her is just incredibly beautiful, even her grocery list.
Afterlife by Melissa Jennings – I often have a lot of trouble with reading about mental health because it’s often just too much for me, and I feel like it weighs me down, but with Afterlife it was different. It talked about mental health, and it was incredibly real and still quite hard to read about, but it felt uplifting. And I loved it.
The Secrets I Keep by Alex Casso – The Secrets I Keep is definitely a very emotional and heavy read, since it deals with mental health and abuse, but I immediately reread it when I first finished it. It’s so incredibly powerful and heart-wrenching and just so, so good. I should really reread this again soon.

salt. by Nayyirah Waheed – salt. was one of the first poetry collections I’ve ever read, and it made me fall in love with it. Nayyirah Waheed knows how to put so much meaning and power behind just a few words, and every single poem packs a punch. Usually there’s always quite a few poems in a collection that I don’t like as much, but not with this one. Every single one of them was amazing.
Soft in the Middle by Shelby Eileen – Soft in the Middle is fat-positive, queer, heart-breaking, and uplifting. It’s so incredibly good, and Shelby is so incredibly talented. I think I’ve tabbed at least 1/3rd of the poems in this, and the cover will forever be on display on my bookshelf because I’m in love with it. I’ll pick up every single thing Shelby will write in the future.
Between the Lines by Nikki Grimes- This is kind of an odd one out because this isn’t exactly a poetry book, but it’s a book about a Puerto Rican boy who starts to go to a class that’s all about poetry. Here, he gets to know other kids through their poems, and he learns to write them himself. There are different poems all throughout the book and they’re all incredibly powerful and personal. It’s really good.

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  1. Marta zegt:

    I want to read Soft in the Middle so much, it looks amazing and I so agree with you about how amazing that cover is, we so need more fat-positive books! ❤ The others look amazing as well, thank you for the recommendations, will have to check them all out. Lovely post!

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