Spring is the perfect time for a fresh start, and what better way to do so than to indulge yourself in a new genre? Poetry could help some learn and heal while helping others explore their own creativity. In no particular order, here are a few titles to get you started.
- Milk and Honey- Rupi Kaur
Kaur rose to fame with her 2014 release of which quickly was recognized by large media outlets and took over social media. Kaur writes her poetry from a feminist eye and speaks on trauma she’s endured. She writes about the strength of being a woman, the scrutiny of being South Asian, and her own personal experiences of abuse. Poetry is one of her many strong suits and helps her heal, as well as teach the world about what she’s gone through and how she feels.
- The Chaos of Longing – K.Y. Robinson
Robinson has been an aspiring writer since childhood. Based in Texas, she writes about her experiences with family and how they have shaped her. As a child, she had undiagnosed mental illnesses which led her to spend most of her time alone. Through that, she began writing poetry after discovering some of her mom’s letters to God. Her poetry is known for its vivid imagery and vulnerability. She likes to strip down every emotion and write from the heart.
- Schematics: A Love Story – Julian Hibbard
This particular collection is perfect for a day when you want to read something light that will make you feel warm inside and also tell a story. Julian Hibbard pairs each poem with a schematic, a symbolic diagram, that helps readers visualize the poem. With a background in photography, he knows the power that images can exert. All the poems and images come together to show more of the deeper meanings as the reader gets farther into the fiction.
- Citizen: An American Lyric – Claudia Rankine
This work by Claudia Rankine helps shows systematic oppression and the racism that black people face today in America. She draws off her own experience as a black woman and also drew stories from peers to write about. She doesn’t censor anything she’s felt and tells it like it is through her poetry. Her work helps to educate others as well as help give Black Americans a voice on what’s experienced. In addition, she references media and creates some of her own to help spread the word.
- A Collective Work – e.e. cummings
e.e. cummings has a unique and child-like style of writing present in his poems. He writes softly about love and what comes with it. If you’re a romantic, this is the read for you. With soft poems that shed light on love and give it a unique voice, he’s sure to blow you away.