12 Poetry Books Worth Diving into This Year

It’s National Poetry Month, and we figured it’s a great time to show appreciation for some our favorite collections. So, gather around fellow poetry lovers! Whether you’re looking for something somber that encompasses deep emotions you can’t quite put into words yourself, or something powerful and uplifting to guide you through your life journey, you can bet you’ll find your match in the list of poetry books below.


1. Smoke & Mirrors by Michael Faudet

The same poet that brought us Dirty Pretty Things is tugging at readers’ heartstrings once again in this collection of poetry, prose and short stories. With each title, Faudet pulls the reader into different stories of lovers, leaving us all lost in imagination as we paint pictures of these raw and lustful romances in our minds.


2. Flux by Orion Carloto 

You might know her from her YouTube channel of over 200k subscribers, but now Carloto is switching gears with her debut collection of poetry that, according to her, is enjoyed best with a warm cup of coffee in hand. Expect to fall into more melancholy themes, as each poem paints a picture that’s relatable to the brokenhearted.


3. Vertigo: Of Love & Letting Go by Analog De Lēon

Adorned with captivating illustrations to match its dazzling cover, this epic poem about letting go will leave you hanging onto each word as you piece each isolated stanza into one empowering interconnected story.



4. Planting Gardens in Graves by r.h. Sin

From the same well-loved poet that brought us Whiskey Words and a Shovel, this emotional collection released in February of 2018 is nothing short of moving. Sin’s impactful words serve as an empowering guide for women on a journey to understand their worth and doubles as an empathetic companion that walks you through the many emotions surrounding love, loss, and heartbreak.


5. Born to Love, Cursed to Feel by Samantha King

Samantha King doesn’t hold back in this powerful book of poetry, capturing the emotional roller coaster that often goes hand-in-hand with love and the inevitable lessons that come along with it. Released back in 2016, this raw collection continues to sit high across top 100 poetry lists.


6. Mind Platter by Najwa Zebian

This collection of self-reflective poetry is a must for anyone looking for uplifting encouragement. Written in a way that feels like a motivational inner-voice, this book is undeniably relatable and encourages you to make the most of each of life’s lessons.



7. Sea of Strangers by Lang Leav

International bestselling author Lang Leav strikes again with Sea of Strangers, her newest collection that goes beyond love and loss and offers words on self-discovery and empowerment. The book begins with a foretelling poem she wrote a decade ago and continues with the journey that transpired afterward.


8. The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One by Amanda Lovelace

The second book in Lovelace’s “women are some kind of magic” series, this title directly follows The Princess Saves Herself in This One. Each empowering poem in this collection serves as a reminder to women that even through judgment and oppression, you will remain resilient and indestructible.


9. The Last Time I’ll Write About You by Dawn Lanuza

Often compared to the style of Lang Leav, Lanuza has a way of punching you in the gut with emotions through just a few short lines. This collection of short poems offers widely-relatable and easily-digestible thoughts on getting over someone you love.



10. DROPKICKromance by Cyrus Parker

Love and heartache are both prevalent in this autobiographical poetry collection. While the first half speaks to a toxic past relationship of Parker’s, the second half feeds into the journey of finding love with his new wife and fellow poet, Amanda Lovelace.


11. Songs With Our Eyes Closed by Tyler Kent White

This beautifully-worded collection offers a healthy mix of both short, powerful messages and longer pieces of prose. Not only will readers dive into deep and somber stories of loss and heartbreak, but they’ll also get a refreshing dose of uplifting encouragement.


12. A Psalm for Us by Reyna Biddy

With poems and prose in various lengths and styles, this collection offers a personal look into the author’s mind through different life situations and emotions. Though personal, readers will find it deeply relatable.

Have you read any of these poetry books? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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