Read This Twice
HomePeopleBooksListsMy Library 0Sign In

100 Best Poetry Books

100 books on this list
Sort by
Best
Layout
New and Selected Poems, Volume One
by Mary Oliver (Apr 15, 2004)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
When New and Selected Poems, Volume One was originally published in 1992, Mary Oliver was awarded the National Book Award. In the fourteen years since its initial appearance it has become one of the best-selling volumes of poetry in the country. This collection features thirty poems published only in this volume as well as selections from the poet'...
Recommended by
Cheryl Strayed
The Book of Disquiet
by Fernando Pessoa (Dec 31, 2002)
Goodreads Rating
Fernando Pessoa was many writers in one. He attributed his prolific writings to a wide range of alternate selves, each of which had a distinct biography, ideology. and horoscope. When he died in 1935, Pessoa left behind a trunk filled with unfinished and unpublished writings, among which were the remarkable pages that make up his posthumous masterp...
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
by William Shakespeare (Oct 10, 2014)
Goodreads Rating
"I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are unarmed." - William ShakespeareArm yourself with this volume from the Knickerbocker Classic series, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, including 16 comedies, 10 histories, 12 tragedies and all the poems and sonnets of the world's most influential writer. This collection includes ...
Recommended by
Imani Gandy
The Essential Rumi, New Expanded Edition
by Jalal al-Din Rumi (May 28, 2004)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
This revised and expanded edition of The Essential Rumi includes a new introduction by Coleman Barks and more than 80 never-before-published poems.Through his lyrical translations, Coleman Barks has been instrumental in bringing this exquisite literature to a remarkably wide range of readers, making the ecstatic, spiritual poetry of thirteenth-cent...
The Poetry of Pablo Neruda
by Pablo Neruda (Apr 01, 2005)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
The most comprehensive English-language collection of work ever by "the greatest poet of the twentieth century - in any language" - Gabriel García Márquez"In his work a continent awakens to consciousness." So wrote the Swedish Academy in awarding the Nobel Prize to Pablo Neruda, the author of more than thirty-five books of poetry and one of Latin A...
The Poet X
by Elizabeth Acevedo (Apr 07, 2020)
Goodreads Rating
A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do...
Other Words for Home
by Jasmine Warga (May 28, 2019)
Goodreads Rating
I am learning how to besadand happyat the same time.Jude never thought she’d be leaving her beloved older brother and father behind, all the way across the ocean in Syria. But when things in her hometown start becoming volatile, Jude and her mother are sent to live in Cincinnati with relatives.At first, everything in America seems too fast and too ...
The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou
by Maya Angelou (Sep 13, 1994)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
For the first time, the complete collection of Maya Angelou's published poems-including "On the Pulse of Morning"-in a permanent collectible, handsome hardcover edition....
The Rose That Grew From Concrete
by Tupac Shakur (Feb 03, 2009)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
Tupac Shakur's most intimate and honest thoughts were uncovered only after his death with the instant classic The Rose That Grew from Concrete.His talent was unbounded -- a raw force that commanded attention and respect. His death was tragic -- a violent homage to the power of his voice. His legacy is indomitable -- as vibrant and alive today as it...
The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke
Bilingual Edition (English and German Edition)
by Rainer Maria Rilke (Mar 13, 1989)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
Parallel German text and English translation.The influence and popularity of Rilke’s poetry in America have never been greater than they are today, more than fifty years after his death. Rilke is unquestionably the most significant and compelling poet of romantic transformation, of spiritual quest, that the twentieth century has known. His poems of...
100 Love Sonnets
Cien sonetos de amor (Texas Pan American Series) (English and Spanish Edition)
by Pablo Neruda (May 31, 1986)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
Against the backdrop of Isla Negra - the sea and wind, the white sand with its scattering of delicate wild flowers, the hot sun and salty smells of the Pacific - the poet sets the poems in celebration of his love. The subject of that love is Matilde Urrutia de Neruda, Pablo's 'beloved wife'....
Night Sky with Exit Wounds
by Ocean Vuong (Apr 05, 2016)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
Ocean Vuong's first full-length collection aims straight for the perennial "big"and very humansubjects of romance, family, memory, grief, war, and melancholia. None of these he allows to overwhelm his spirit or his poems, which demonstrate, through breath and cadence and unrepentant enthrallment, that a gentle palm on a chest can calm the fiercest ...
Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
by Edgar Allan Poe (Nov 18, 1966)
Goodreads Rating
This single volume brings together all of Poe's stories and poems, and illuminates the diverse and multifaceted genius of one of the greatest and most influential figures in American literary history....
Arthur Rimbaud
Complete Works (P.S.)
by Arthur Rimbaud (Jul 01, 2008)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
Arthur Rimbaud is remembered as much for his volatile personality and tumultuous life as he is for his writings, most of which he produced before the age of eighteen. This book brings together his poetry, prose, and letters, including "The Drunken Boat," "The Orphans' New Year," "After the Flood," and "A Season in Hell," considered by many to be hi...
The Night Before Christmas
by Clement Clarke Moore (Jul 28, 2020)
Goodreads Rating
This poem first appeared in a newspaper in Troy, New York, USA, on December 23, 1823, as "A Visit From St. Nicholas". No one claimed authorship until 13 years later. Clement Clarke Moore, a professor and poet, said that he wrote the piece for his children. Unbeknownst to him, his housekeeper had sent it to the newspaper to be published. However, th...
Four Quartets
by T. S. Eliot (Mar 19, 1968)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
The Four Quartets is a series of four poems by T.S. Eliot, published individually from 1936 to 1942, and in book form in 1943; it was considered by Eliot himself to be his finest work. Each of the quartets has five "movements" and each is titled by a place name -- BURNT NORTON (1936), EAST COKER (1940), THE DRY SALVAGES (1941), and LITTLE GIDDING (...
Illuminations
by Arthur Rimbaud (Jan 17, 1957)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
The prose poems of the great French Symbolist, Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891), have acquired enormous prestige among readers everywhere and have been a revolutionary influence on poetry in the twentieth century. They are offered here both in their original texts and in superb English translations by Louise Varèse. Mrs. Varèse first published her versio...
Letters to a Young Poet
by Rainer Maria Rilke (Aug 01, 1993)
Goodreads Rating
Born in 1875, the great German lyric poet Rainer Maria Rilke published his first collection of poems in 1898 and went on to become renowned for his delicate depiction of the workings of the human heart. Drawn by some sympathetic note in his poems, young people often wrote to Rilke with their problems and hopes. From 1903 to 1908 Rilke wrote a serie...
Falling Up
by Shel Silverstein (Jan 24, 2006)
Goodreads Rating
Millie McDeevit screamed a screamSo loud it made her eyebrows steam.She screamed so loudHer jawbone broke,Her tongue caught fire,Her nostrils smoked......
e. e. cummings
Complete Poems, 1904-1962
by E. E. Cummings (Jul 12, 2016)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
At the time of his death in 1962, E. E. Cummings was, next to Robert Frost, the most widely read poet in America. Combining Thoreau's controlled belligerence with the brash abandon of an uninhibited bohemian, Cummings, together with Pound, Eliot, and William Carlos Williams, helped bring about the twentieth-century revolution in literary expression...
If Not, Winter
Fragments of Sappho
by Sappho (Aug 12, 2003)
Goodreads Rating
From poet and classicist Anne Carson comes this translation of the work of Sappho, together with the original Greek. Carson presents all the extant fragments of Sappho's verse, employing brackets and white space to denote missing text - allowing the reader to imagine the poems as they were written....
The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes
by Langston Hughes (Oct 31, 1995)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
"The ultimate book for both the dabbler and serious scholar--. [Hughes] is sumptuous and sharp, playful and sparse, grounded in an earthy music--. This book is a glorious revelation."--Boston GlobeSpanning five decades and comprising 868 poems (nearly 300 of which have never before appeared in book form), this magnificent volume is the definitive s...
Long Way Down
by Jason Reynolds (Apr 02, 2019)
Goodreads Rating
An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is New York Times bestseller Jason Reynolds’s fiercely stunning novel that takes place in sixty potent seconds—the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he’s going to murder the guy who killed his brother.A cannon. A strap. A piece. A biscuit. A burner. A heater. A chopper. A gat. A hammer A tool for RU...
Don't Call Us Dead
Poems
by Danez Smith (Sep 05, 2017)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
Award-winning poet Danez Smith is a groundbreaking force, celebrated for deft lyrics, urgent subjects, and performative power. Don't Call Us Dead opens with a heartrending sequence that imagines an afterlife for black men shot by police, a place where suspicion, violence, and grief are forgotten and replaced with the safety, love, and longevity the...
Citizen
An American Lyric
by Claudia Rankine (Oct 07, 2014)
Goodreads Rating
A provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine's long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric.Claudia Rankine's bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the ton...
Recommended by
Cheryl Strayed
Crush
by Richard Siken (Apr 11, 2005)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
Richard Siken’s Crush, selected as the 2004 winner of the Yale Younger Poets prize, is a powerful collection of poems driven by obsession and love. Siken writes with ferocity, and his reader hurtles unstoppably with him. His poetry is confessional, gay, savage, and charged with violent eroticism. In the world of American poetry, Siken's voice is st...
Autobiography of Red
by Anne Carson (Aug 01, 1998)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
The award-winning poet Anne Carson reinvents a genre in Autobiography of Red, a stunning work that is both a novel and a poem, both an unconventional re-creation of an ancient Greek myth and a wholly original coming-of-age story set in the present.Geryon, a young boy who is also a winged red monster, reveals the volcanic terrain of his fragile, tor...
Rilke's Book of Hours
Love Poems to God
by Anita Barrows (Nov 01, 2005)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
While visiting Russia in his twenties, Rainer Maria Rilke, one of the twentieth century's greatest poets, was moved by a spirituality he encountered there. Inspired, Rilke returned to Germany and put down on paper what he felt were spontaneously received prayers. Rilke's Book of Hours is the invigorating vision of spiritual practice for the secular...
Recommended by
Rachel Held Evans
Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth
by Warsan Shire (Dec 29, 2011)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
What elevates 'teaching my mother how to give birth', what gives the poems their disturbing brilliance, is Warsan Shire's ability to give simple, beautiful eloquence to the veiled world where sensuality lives in the dominant narrative of Islam; reclaiming the more nuanced truths of earlier times - as in Tayeb Salih's work - and translating to the r...
The Complete Poems
Anne Sexton
by Anne Sexton (Apr 28, 1999)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
From the joy and anguish of her own experience, Sexton fashioned poems that told truths about the inner lives of men and women. This book comprises Sexton's ten volumes of verse, including the Pulitzer Prize-winner Live or Die, as well as seven poems from her last years....
Recommended by
Susan J. Fowler
The Collected Poems
The Corrected Edition (Vintage International)
by Wallace Stevens (Aug 18, 2015)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens is the definitive collection from the man Harold Bloom has called “the best and most representative American poet.” Originally published in 1954 to honor Stevens’s seventy-fifth birthday, the book was rushed into print for the occasion and contained scores of errors. These have now been corrected in one place ...
Recommended by
Caterina Fake
Devotions
The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver
by Mary Oliver (Oct 10, 2017)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver presents a personal selection of her best work in this definitive collection spanning more than five decades of her esteemed literary career. Throughout her celebrated career, Mary Oliver has touched countless readers with her brilliantly crafted verse, expounding on her love for the physical world and the po...
Identical
by Ellen Hopkins (Dec 21, 2010)
Goodreads Rating
Do twins begin in the womb?Or in a better place?Kaeleigh and Raeanne are identical down to the dimple. As daughters of a district-court judge father and a politician mother, they are an all-American family—on the surface. Behind the facade each sister has her own dark secret, and that's where their differences begin.For Kaeleigh, she's the misplace...
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Poems and Drawings
by Shel Silverstein (Feb 18, 2014)
Goodreads Rating
Where the Sidewalk Ends turns forty! Celebrate with this anniversary edition that features an eye-catching commemorative red sticker. This classic poetry collection, which is both outrageously funny and profound, has been the most beloved of Shel Silverstein's poetry books for generations.Where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein's world begins. Th...
100 Selected Poems
by e. e. cummings (Jan 10, 1994)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
E.E. Cummings is without question one of the major poets of the 20th century, and this volume, first published in 1959, is indispensable for every lover of modern lyrical verse. It contains one hundred of Cummings’s wittiest and most profound poems, harvested from thirty-five of the most radically creative years in contemporary American poetry. The...
Deaf Republic
Poems
by Ilya Kaminsky (Mar 05, 2019)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
Ilya Kaminsky's astonishing parable in poems asks us, What is silence?Deaf Republic opens in an occupied country in a time of political unrest. When soldiers breaking up a protest kill a deaf boy, Petya, the gunshot becomes the last thing the citizens hear--they all have gone deaf, and their dissent becomes coordinated by sign language. The story f...
A Child's Garden of Verses
by Robert Louis Stevenson (Feb 01, 1999)
Goodreads Rating
Up into the cherry treeWho should climb but little me?I held the trunk with both my handsAnd looked abroad on foreign lands.Here is a delightful look at childhood, written by master poet and storyteller Robert Louis Stevenson. In this collection of sixty-six poems, Stevenson recalls the joys of his childhood, from sailing boats down a river, to wai...
Bluets
by Maggie Nelson (Oct 01, 2009)
Goodreads Rating
Suppose I were to begin by saying that I had fallen in love with a color...A lyrical, philosophical, and often explicit exploration of personal suffering and the limitations of vision and love, as refracted through the color blue. With Bluets, Maggie Nelson has entered the pantheon of brilliant lyric essayists.Maggie Nelson is the author of numerou...
Recommended by
Celeste Ng
T. S. Eliot
Collected Poems, 1909-1962 (The Centenary Edition)
by T. S. Eliot (Sep 25, 1991)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
There is no more authoritative collection of the poetry that T.S. Eliot himself wished to preserve than this volume, published two years before his death in 1965.Poet, dramatist, critic, and editor, T. S. Eliot was one of the defining figures of twentieth-century poetry. This edition of Collected Poems 1909-1962 includes his verse from Prufrock and...
B
by Sarah Kay (Apr 28, 2015)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
In 2011, Sarah Kay performed her poem "B" at the TED conference in Long Beach, California to standing ovations. Now the video of that performance has been forwarded to mothers and daughters (and fathers and sons) all over the world. Originally written in 2007, "B" is a thank you note, a love letter, a wish, a promise, a confession, and a secret. Wi...
Recommended by
Seth Godin
Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair
by Pablo Neruda (Dec 26, 2006)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
When it appeared in 1924, this work launched into the international spotlight a young and unknown poet whose writings would ignite a generation. W. S. Merwin's incomparable translation faces the original Spanish text. Now in a black-spine Classics edition with an introduction by Cristina Garcia, this book stands as an essential collection that cont...
Rebound
by Kwame Alexander (Apr 02, 2018)
Goodreads Rating
Before Josh and Jordan Bell were streaking up and down the court, their father was learning his own moves. In this prequel to Newbery Medal winner The Crossover, Chuck Bell takes center stage, as readers get a glimpse of his childhood and how he became the jazz music worshipping, basketball star his sons look up to....
The Road Not Taken and Other Poems
by Robert Frost (Jan 02, 2017)
Goodreads Rating
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference."These deceptively simple lines from the title poem of this collection suggest Robert Frost at his most representative: the language is simple, clear and colloquial, yet dense with meaning and wider significance. Drawing upon everyday incident...
The Oxford Shakespeare
The Complete Works, 2nd Edition
by William Shakespeare (Aug 01, 2005)
Goodreads Rating
Hailed by The Washington Post as "a definitive synthesis of the best editions" and by The Times of London as "a monument to Shakespearean scholarship," The Oxford Shakespeare is the ultimate anthology of the Bard's work: the most authoritative edition of the plays and poems ever published.Now, almost two decades after the original volume, Oxford is...
The Crossover
by Kwame Alexander (Mar 18, 2014)
Goodreads Rating
2015 Newbery Medal Winner 2015 Coretta Scott King Honor Award Winner"With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I’m delivering," announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball i...
Impulse
by Ellen Hopkins (May 20, 2008)
Goodreads Rating
Sometimes you don't wake up. But if you happen to, you know things will never be the same.Three lives, three different paths to the same destination: Aspen Springs, a psychiatric hospital for those who have attempted the ultimate act—suicide.Vanessa is beautiful and smart, but her secrets keep her answering the call of the blade.Tony, after sufferi...
Why I Wake Early
New Poems
by Mary Oliver (Apr 15, 2005)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
The forty-seven new works in this volume include poems on crickets, toads, trout lilies, black snakes, goldenrod, bears, greeting the morning, watching the deer, and, finally, lingering in happiness. Each poem is imbued with the extraordinary perceptions of a poet who considers the everyday in our lives and the natural world around us and finds a m...
The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats
by W. B. Yeats (Nov 05, 1994)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
W. B. Yeats was Romantic and Modernist, mystical dreamer and leader of the Irish Literary Revival, Nobel prizewinner, dramatist and, above all, poet. He began writing with the intention of putting his 'very self' into his poems. T. S. Eliot, one of many who proclaimed the Irishman's greatness, described him as 'one of those few whose history is the...
Recommended by
Tim O’Reilly
The Collected Poems
A Bilingual Edition (Revised)
by Federico García Lorca (Aug 01, 2002)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
A revised edition of this major writer's complete poetical workAnd I who was walkingwith the earth at my waist,saw two snowy eaglesand a naked girl.The one was the otherand the girl was neither. -from "Qasida of the Dark Doves"Federico García Lorca is the greatest poet of twentieth-century Spain and one of the world's most influential modernist wri...
Recommended by
Leonard Cohen
Les Fleurs Du Mal
by Charles Baudelaire (Mar 15, 2008)
Goodreads Rating
Presents the first American translation of the complete text of Baudelaire's 1857 masterwork and includes the complete original French texts for easy comparison....
Flowers of Evil
by Charles Baudelaire (Feb 01, 2013)
Goodreads Rating
Presents the first American translation of the complete text of Baudelaire's 1857 masterwork and includes the complete original French texts for easy comparison....
No Matter the Wreckage
by Sarah Kay (Mar 18, 2014)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
Following the success of her breakout poem, "B," Sarah Kay releases her debut collection of poetry featuring work from the first decade of her career. No Matter the Wreckage presents readers with new and beloved work that showcases Kay's knack for celebrating family, love, travel, history, and unlikely love affairs between inanimate objects ("Tooth...
The Lost Words
by Macfarlane (Jan 01, 2017)
Goodreads Rating
From Acorn to Weasel: a gorgeous, hand-illustrated, large-format spellbook celebrating the magic and wonder of the natural worldAll over the country, there are words disappearing from children's lives. Words like Dandelion, Otter, Bramble, Acorn and Lark represent the natural world of childhood, a rich landscape of discovery and imagination that is...
Helium
by Rudy Francisco (Nov 28, 2017)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
Helium is the debut poetry collection by internet phenom Rudy Francisco, whose work has defined poetry for a generation of new readers. Rudy's poems and quotes have been viewed and shared millions of times as he has traveled the country and the world performing for sell-out crowds. Helium is filled with work that is simultaneously personal and poli...
The Sonnets
by William Shakespeare (Aug 23, 2016)
Goodreads Rating
The Sonnets explore many of Shakespeare's most common themes: jealousy, betrayal, melancholy. They ache with unfulfilled longing, and, for many, they are the most complete and moving meditations on love ever written. Part of the Macmillan Collector’s Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon ...
The Poetry of Robert Frost
The Collected Poems, Complete and Unabridged (Owl Book)
by Robert Frost (Mar 15, 1979)
Goodreads Rating
The only comprehensive gathering of Frost's published poetry, this affordable volume offers the entire contents of his eleven books of verse, from A Boy's Will (1913) to In the Clearing (1962). Frost scholar Lathem, who was also a close friend of the four-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, scrupulously annotated the 350-plus poems in this collection, whic...
The Complete Poems of John Keats
by John Keats (Apr 26, 1994)
Goodreads Rating
'I think I shall be among the English Poets after my death,' John Keats soberly prophesied in 1818 as he started writing the blankverse epic  Hyperion.  Today he endures as the archetypal Romantic genius who explored the limits of the imagination and celebrated the pleasures of the senses but suffered a tragic early death. Edmund Wilson c...
For Every One
by Jason Reynolds (Apr 02, 2019)
Goodreads Rating
Originally performed at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and later as a tribute to Walter Dean Myers, this stirring and inspirational poem is New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Jason Reynolds’s rallying cry to the dreamers of the world.For Every One is just that: for every ...
You Get So Alone at Times That It Just Makes Sense
by Charles Bukowski (May 31, 2002)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
Charles Bukowski examines cats and his childhood in You Get So Alone at Times, a book of poetry that reveals his tender side. He delves into his youth to analyze its repercussions....
The Dream of a Common Language
Poems 1974-1977
by Adrienne Rich (Apr 01, 2013)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
"The Dream of a Common Language explores the contours of a woman's heart and mind in language for everybody--language whose plainness, laughter, questions and nobility everyone can respond to. . . . No one is writing better or more needed verse than this."--Boston Evening Globe...
Recommended by
Liz Lambert
Collected Poems
by William Butler Yeats (Jul 19, 2016)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats includes all of the poems authorized by Yeats for inclusion in his standard canon. Breathtaking in range, it encompasses the entire arc of his career, from luminous reworking of ancient Irish myths and legends, to passionate meditations on the demands and rewards of youth and old age, from exquisite, occasionally ...
The Complete Poems
by William Blake (Nov 03, 2019)
Goodreads Rating
One of the great English Romantic poets, William Blake (1757-1827) was an artist, poet, mystic and visionary. His work ranges from the deceptively simple and lyrical Songs of Innocence and their counterpoint Experience - which juxtapose poems such as 'The Lamb' and 'The Tyger', and 'The Blossom' and 'The Sick Rose' - to highly elaborate, apocalypti...
The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas
The Original Edition
by Dylan Thomas (Apr 23, 2010)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas contains poems that Thomas personally decided best represented his work. A year before its publication Thomas died from swelling of the brain triggered by excessive drinking. Since its initial publication in 1953, this book has become the definitive edition of the poet’s work. Thomas wrote “Prologue” addressed to...
Recommended by
Steve Jobs
Booked
by Kwame Alexander (Apr 05, 2016)
Goodreads Rating
National Book Award Long ListNew York Times Bestseller Like lightning/you strike/fast and free/legs zoom/down field/eyes fixed/on the checkered ball/on the goal/ten yards to go/can’t nobody stop you/can’t nobody cop you…In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel THE CROSSOVER,  soccer, family, love, and friendship, take center stage as twelve-y...
Recommended by
Simon Smith
The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson
by Ralph Waldo Emerson (Sep 12, 2000)
Goodreads Rating
Introduction by Mary OliverCommentary by Henry James, Robert Frost, Matthew Arnold, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Henry David Thoreau   The definitive collection of Emerson’s major speeches, essays, and poetry, The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson chronicles the life’s work of a true “American Scholar.” As one of the architects of the transce...
Recommended by
Michael Pollan
Dream Work
by Mary Oliver (May 01, 1986)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
Dream Work, a collection of forty-five poems, follows both chronologically and logically Mary Oliver's American Primitive, which won for her the Pulitzer Prize for the finest book of poetry published in 1983 by an American poet. The depth and diversity of perceptual awareness-so steadfast and radiant in American Primitive-continue in Dream Work. Ad...
Felicity
Poems
by Mary Oliver (Oct 03, 2017)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
Mary Oliver, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, celebrates love in her new collection of poems  “If I have any secret stash of poems, anywhere, it might be about love, not anger,” Mary Oliver once said in an interview. Finally, in her stunning new collection, Felicity, we can immerse ourselves in Oliver’s love poems. Here, great happiness abounds.  Our ...
Sailing Alone Around the Room
New and Selected Poems
by Billy Collins (Sep 17, 2002)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
Sailing Alone Around the Room, by America’s Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, contains both new poems and a generous gathering from his earlier collections The Apple That Astonished Paris, Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, and Picnic, Lightning. These poems show Collins at his best, performing the kinds of distinctive poetic maneuvers that h...
The Prophet
by Kahlil Gibran (Jan 15, 2019)
Goodreads Rating
A stunning new hardcover edition--with a full linen case, copper stamping, gilded edges, and colored endpapers--of one of the world's most beloved and popular spiritual classics, featuring a new foreword by Rupi Kaur, the multimillion-copy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Milk and Honey and The Sun and Her Flowers"This book cracked my heart...
The Waste Land and Other Poems
by T. S. Eliot (Aug 04, 1955)
Goodreads Rating
Few readers need any introduction to the work of the most influential poet of the twentieth century. In addition to the title poem, this selecion includes "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock", "Gerontion", "Ash Wednesday", and other poems from Mr. Eliot's early and middle work. "In ten years' time," wrote Edmund Wilson in Axel0s Castle (1931), "El...
The Poems of Emily Dickinson
Reading Edition
by Emily Dickinson (Oct 28, 2005)
Goodreads Rating
THE ONLY ONE-VOLUME EDITION CONTAINING ALL 1,775 OF EMILY DICKINSON’S POEMSOnly eleven of Emily Dickinson’s poems were published prior to her death in 1886; the startling originality of her work doomed it to obscurity in her lifetime. Early posthumously published collections-some of them featuring liberally “edited” versions of the poems-did not fu...
The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde
by Audre Lorde (Feb 17, 2000)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
Collected here for the first time are more than three hundred poems from one of this country's major and most influential poets, representing the complete oeuvre of Audre Lorde's poetry. Lorde published nine volumes of poetry which, in her words, detail "a linguistic and emotional tour through the conflicts, fears, and hopes of the world I have inh...
Ariel
Poems
by Sylvia Plath (Mar 06, 2018)
Goodreads Rating
Sylvia Plath's celebrated collection.When Sylvia Plath died, she not only left behind a prolific life but also her unpublished literary masterpiece, Ariel. Her husband, Ted Hughes, brought the collection to life in 1966, and its publication garnered worldwide acclaim. This collection showcases the beloved poet’s brilliant, provoking, and always mov...
Selected Poems
by E. E. Cummings (Aug 17, 2007)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
The one hundred and fifty-six poems here, arranged in twelve sections and introduced by E. E. Cummings's biographer, include his most popular poems, spanning his earliest creations, his vivacious linguistic acrobatics, up to his last valedictory sonnets. Also featured are thirteen drawings, oils, and watercolors by Cummings, most of them never befo...
The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson
by Emily Dickinson (Oct 12, 2003)
Goodreads Rating
Dickinson’s poetry is remarkable for its tightly controlled emotional and intellectual energy. The longest poem covers less than two pages. Yet in theme and tone her writing reaches for the sublime as it charts the landscape of the human soul. A true innovator, Dickinson experimented freely with conventional rhythm and meter, and often used dashes,...
Selected Poems of T. S. Eliot
by T. S. Eliot (May 06, 2009)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
Chosen by Eliot himself, the poems in this volume represent the poet’s most important work before Four Quartets. Included here is some of the most celebrated verse in modern literature-”The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” “Gerontion,” “The Waste Land,” “The Hollow Men,” and “Ash Wednesday”-as well as many other fine selections from Eliot’s early ...
A Thousand Mornings
Poems
by Mary Oliver (Sep 24, 2013)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
In A Thousand Mornings, Mary Oliver returns to the imagery that has come to define her life’s work, transporting us to the marshland and coastline of her beloved home, Provincetown, Massachusetts. In these pages, Oliver shares the wonder of dawn, the grace of animals, and the transformative power of attention. Whether studying the leaves of a tree ...
Collected Poems
by Edna St. Vincent Millay (Mar 08, 2011)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
Compiled by her sister after the poet's death and originally published in 1956, this is the definitive edition of Millay, right up through her last poem, "Mine the Harvest."...
The Collected Poems
by Sylvia Plath (Sep 02, 2008)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
The aim of the present complete edition, which contains a numbered sequence of the 224 poems written after 1956 together with a further 50 poems chosen from her pre-1956 work, is to bring Sylvia Plath's poetry together in one volume, including the various uncollected and unpublished pieces, and to set everything in as true a chronological order as ...
The Palm at the End of the Mind
Selected Poems and a Play
by Wallace Stevens (Feb 19, 1990)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
A collection that all the major long poems and sequences, and every shorter poem of lasting value in Stevens' career. Edited by Holly Stevens, it includes some poems not printed in his earlier Collected Works....
Recommended by
Tim O’Reilly
Upstream
Selected Essays
by Mary Oliver (Oct 29, 2019)
Goodreads Rating
Comprising a selection of essays, Upstream finds beloved poet Mary Oliver reflecting on her astonishment and admiration for the natural world and the craft of writing.  As she contemplates the pleasure of artistic labor, finding solace and safety within the woods, and the joyful and rhythmic beating of wings, Oliver intimately shares with her reade...
The Invitation
by . Oriah (Apr 25, 2006)
Goodreads Rating
Shared by word of mouth, e-mailed from reader to reader, recited over the radio, and read aloud at thousands of retreats and conferences, "The Invitation" has changed the lives of people everywhere. In this bestselling book, Oriah expands on the wisdom found within her beloved prose poem, which presents a powerful challenge to all who long to live ...
Recommended by
Michael Gervais
Diving Into The Wreck
Poems 1971-1972
by Adrienne Rich (Aug 17, 1994)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
"I came to explore the wreck. / The words are purposes. / The words are maps. / I came to see the damage that was done / and the treasures that prevail." These provocative poems move with the power of Rich's distinctive voice....
Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas 1934-1952
by Dylan Thomas (Jun 01, 1971)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
Beautiful clean, fresh,, like new condition paperback, rates fine with a little sign of use and a little fading, not brand new. Superb copy, clean, fresh. Then we send you a confirmation e-mail. We appreciate your business and welcome any questions. Paperback books differ greatly in construction, some are made with acid free paper, some with bindin...
Collected Poems
by Philip Larkin (Mar 31, 2004)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
One of the best-known and best-loved poets of the English-speaking world, Philip Larkin had only a small number of his poems published during his lifetime. Collected Poems brings together not only all his books--The North Ship, The Less Deceived, The Whitsun Weddings, and High Windows--but also his uncollected poems from 1940 to 1984.This new editi...
The Colossus and Other Poems
by Sylvia Plath (May 19, 1998)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
With this startling, exhilarating book of poems, which was first published in 1960, Sylvia Plath burst into literature with spectacular force. In such classics as "The Beekeeper's Daughter," "The Disquieting Muses," "I Want, I Want," and "Full Fathom Five," she writes about sows and skeletons, fathers and suicides, about the noisy imperatives of li...
The Complete Poems
1927-1979
by Elizabeth Bishop (Jan 01, 1983)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
Elizabeth Bishop was vehement about her art--a perfectionist who didn't want to be seen as a "woman poet." In 1977, two years before her death she wrote, "art is art and to separate writings, paintings, musical compositions, etc., into two sexes is to emphasize values in them that are not art." She also deeply distrusted the dominant mode of modern...
The Book of Qualities
by J. Ruth Gendler (Jan 27, 1988)
Goodreads Rating
From Beauty to Compassion, from Pleasure to Terror, from Resignation to Joy -- here is an insightful exploration of the rich diversity of human qualities. J. Ruth Gendler's evocative book has as its cast of familiar characters our own emotions, brought to life with a poet's wisdom and an artist's perceptive eye. In The Book of Qualities' magical co...
Recommended by
Brene Brown
Dog Songs
Poems
by Mary Oliver (Sep 29, 2015)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
Mary Oliver's Dog Songs is a celebration of the special bond between human and dog, as understood through the poet's relationship to the canines that have accompanied her daily walks, warmed her home, and inspired her work. Oliver's poems begin in the small everyday moments familiar to all dog lovers, but through her extraordinary vision these obse...
Essential Bukowski
Poetry
by Charles Bukowski (Oct 16, 2018)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
Edited by Abel Debritto, the definitive collection of poems from an influential writer whose transgressive legacy and raw, funny, and acutely observant writing has left an enduring mark on modern culture.Few writers have so brilliantly and poignantly conjured the desperation and absurdity of ordinary life as Charles Bukowski. Resonant with his powe...
Recommended by
Lex Fridman
Lunch Poems
by Frank O'Hara (Jan 01, 2001)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
Important poems by the late New York poet published in The New American Poetry, Evergreen Review, Floating Bear and stranger places.Often this poet, strolling through the noisy splintered glare of a Manhattan noon, has paused at a sample Olivetti to type up thirty or forty lines of ruminations, or pondering more deeply has withdrawn to a darkened w...
The Lady of Shalott
by Alfred Lord Tennyson (Jun 25, 1987)
Goodreads Rating
The Lady of Shalott is the third book in Visions in Poetry, an award-winning series of classic poems illustrated by outstanding contemporary artists in stunning hardcover editions. Tennyson's beautiful and enigmatic poem of unrequited love, set in Arthurian England, has enthralled artists for well over a century. With her luminous illustrations, Ge...
Selected Poems and Fragments
by Friedrich Holderlin (Sep 01, 1998)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
Friedrich Hölderlin (1770-1843) is now recognized as one of Europes supreme poets. He first found his true voice in the epigrams and odes he wrote when transfigured by his love for the wife of a rich banker. He later embarked on an extraordinarily ambitious sequence of hymns exploring cosmology and history, from mythological times to the discovery ...
Recommended by
Pope Francis
Blue Horses
Poems
by Mary Oliver (Oct 11, 2016)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
In this stunning collection of new poems, Mary Oliver returns to the imagery that has defined her life’s work, describing with wonder both the everyday and the unaffected beauty of nature.Herons, sparrows, owls, and kingfishers flit across the page in meditations on love, artistry, and impermanence. Whether considering a bird’s nest, the seeming pa...
The January Children
by Safia Elhillo (Mar 01, 2017)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
In her dedication Safia Elhillo writes, “The January Children are the generation born in Sudan under British occupation, where children were assigned birth years by height, all given the birth date January 1.” What follows is a deeply personal collection of poems that describe the experience of navigating the postcolonial world as a stranger in one...
Recommended by
Sarah Kay
Rilke on Love and Other Difficulties
Translations and Considerations
by Rainer Maria Rilke (Feb 17, 1994)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
Here is a mini-anthology of poetry and prose for both aficionados and those readers discovering Rainer Maria Rilke for the first time. John J. L. Mood has assembled a collection of Rilke's strongest work, presenting commentary along with the selections. Mood links into an essay passages from letters that show Rilke's profound understanding of men a...
Recommended by
Sophia Amoruso
The Gashlycrumb Tinies
by Edward Gorey (Oct 15, 1997)
Goodreads Rating
The Gashlycrumb Tinies: or, After the Outing is an abecedarian book written by Edward Gorey that was first published in 1963. Gorey tells the tale of 26 children (each representing a letter of the alphabet) and their untimely deaths in rhyming dactylic couplets, accompanied by the author's distinctive black and white illustrations. It is one of Edw...
If They Come for Us
Poems
by Fatimah Asghar (Aug 07, 2018)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
Poet and co-creator of the Emmy-nominated web series "Brown Girls" captures the experience of being a Pakistani Muslim woman in contemporary America, while exploring identity, violence, and healing.In this powerful and imaginative debut poetry collection, Fatimah Asghar nakedly captures the experiences of being a young Pakistani Muslim woman in Ame...
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
A Memoir
by Sherman Alexie (Nov 12, 2019)
Goodreads Rating
A searing, deeply moving memoir about family, love, and loss from the critically acclaimed, bestselling National Book Award winner.When his mother passed away at the age of 78, Sherman Alexie responded the only way he knew how: he wrote. The result is this stunning memoir. Featuring 78 poems, 78 essays and intimate family photographs, Alexie shares...
Felon
Poems
by Reginald Dwayne Betts (Oct 15, 2019)
Goodreads Rating
Categories: PoetryFiction
Felon tells the story of the effects of incarceration in fierce, dazzling poemscanvassing a wide range of emotions and experiences through homelessness, underemployment, love, drug abuse, domestic violence, fatherhood, and graceand, in doing so, creates a travelogue for an imagined life. Reginald Dwayne Betts confronts the funk of postincarceration...
Recommended by
Scott Hechinger