Celebrate National Poetry Month

 

Check out the selection of some of our favorite poetry books below. Scroll down to see all our adult selections.

 

How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope Cover Image
By James Crews, Ross Gay (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781635863864
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - March 23rd, 2021

What the world needs now – featuring poems from inaugural poet Amanda Gorman, Ross Gay, Tracy K.


The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country Cover Image
By Amanda Gorman, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780593465271
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Published: Viking Books - March 30th, 2021

The instant #1 New York Times bestseller and #1 USA Today bestseller
 
Amanda Gorman’s electrifying and historic poem “The Hill We Climb,” read at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, is now available as a collectible gift edition, perfect for Mother’s Day, graduation, or any special occasion.
 


This delightful, interactive journey through the history of the world's poetry now includes a removable poster and access to downloadable audio, allowing kids to listen and learn as they experience the magic of the spoken word.


An Emotional Menagerie: Feelings from A to Z Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781912891245
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Published: School of Life - April 6th, 2021

An imaginative and engaging exploration of childhood emotions through poetry and evocative illustration.

Emotions are like animals:
No two are quite the same.
Some are quiet; some are fierce;
And all are hard to tame.


What the Road Said Cover Image
By Cleo Wade, Lucie de Moyencourt (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250269492
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - March 23rd, 2021

What the Road Said is the New York Times-bestselling comforting and uplifting picture book from bestselling poet and activist Cleo Wade.

Which way do I go?
That is your choice to make,
said the Road.

But what if I go the wrong way?
The Road curved a little,
almost as if it was giving me a hug, and said,


Just Like Me Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525582090
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 14th, 2020

An ode to the girl with scrapes on her knees and flowers in her hair, and every girl in between, this exquisite treasury will appeal to readers of Dear Girl and I Am Enough and have kids poring over it to find a poem that's just for them.

I am a canvas
Being painted on
By the words of my family
Friends


No Fair! No Fair! And Other Jolly Poems of Childhood: And Other Jolly Poems of Childhood Cover Image
By Calvin Trillin, Roz Chast (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545825788
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Published: Orchard Books - September 27th, 2016

The first children's poetry collection by award-winning writer Calvin Trillin -- paired with acclaimed illustrator Roz Chast!

Get ready to laugh out loud with Calvin Trillin's first collection of poems for children (and nearby grown-ups).


Beautiful Day!: Petite Poems for All Seasons Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781951836146
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Published: Cameron Kids - March 2nd, 2021

A picture book of haiku-inspired poems celebrating the four seasons

Beautiful day!
Teach me, too, how to fly,
mother swallow!
In simple, poetic verse, a child observes their world from spring to summer, and autumn through winter, in this gentle ode to the seasons, accompanied by exquisite illustrations.
 


The B on Your Thumb: 60 Poems to Boost Reading and Spelling Cover Image
By Colette Hiller, Tor Freeman (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780711254602
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - September 1st, 2020

‘This is the sort of picture book that will bear up under repeated childhood readings and may even be of use to adults.’

The Wall Street Journal

"The B on your Thumb is clever, engaging, educational and fun.


You Don't Have to Be Everything: Poems for Girls Becoming Themselves Cover Image
By Diana Whitney (Editor)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781523510993
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - March 30th, 2021

Poems to Turn to Again and Again – from Amanda Gorman, Sharon Olds, Kate Baer, and More
 
Created and compiled just for young women, You Don’t Have to Be Everything is filled with works by a wide range of poets who are honest, unafraid, and skilled at addressing the complex feelings of coming-of-age, from loneliness to joy, longing to solac


Dog Poems Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9780811230599
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Published: New Directions - February 9th, 2021

This handsome gift edition will appeal to anyone who is a dog lover, or a poet, or a poetry lover: in short, just about anyone


God I Feel Modern Tonight: Poems from a Gal About Town Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593318331
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Published: Knopf - February 2nd, 2021

Poems of heartbreak and sex, self-care and self-critique, urban adventures and love on the road from the millennial quarantine queen and comedy sensation.
 
in L.A. we got naked and swam in the ocean
we ate cured meats and carrots
& sat in the back of a red pickup truck
like we were in a film where two old friends fight


Felon: Poems Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393542035
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 30th, 2021

Winner of the NAACP Image Award and finalist for the 2019 Los Angeles Times Book Prize

“A powerful work of lyric art.” —New York Times Book Review, Editors’ Choice


African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song (LOA #333): A Library of America Anthology Cover Image
By Kevin Young (Editor)
$45.00
ISBN: 9781598536669
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Published: Library of America - October 20th, 2020

A literary landmark: the biggest, most ambitious anthology of Black poetry ever published, gathering 250 poets from the colonial period to the present


Dearly: New Poems Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063032491
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Published: Ecco - November 10th, 2020

A new book of poetry from internationally acclaimed, award-winning and bestselling author Margaret Atwood


Postcolonial Love Poem: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450147
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 3rd, 2020

FINALIST FOR THE 2020 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY
FINALIST FOR THE 2020 LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY

Natalie Diaz’s highly anticipated follow-up to When My Brother Was an Aztec, winner of an American Book Award


So Far So Good Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9781556595387
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - October 2nd, 2018

"Ursula K. Le Guin, loved by millions for her fantasy and science-fiction novels, ponders life, death and the vast beyond in So Far So Good, an astute, charming collection finished weeks before her death in January, 2018.


Living Weapon: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374539320
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 16th, 2021

Award-winning essayist and poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips presents a bracing renewal of civic poetry in Living Weapon.

. . . and we’d do this again
And again and again, without ever
Knowing we were the weapon ourselves,
Stronger than steel, story, and hydrogen.
— from "Even Homer Nods"


Turn Around Time: A Walking Poem for the Pacific Northwest Cover Image
By David Guterson, Justin Gibbens (Illustrator)
$21.95
ISBN: 9781680512656
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Published: Mountaineers Books - September 1st, 2019

2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards Most Outstanding Design Winner Most outdoor enthusiasts understand the phrase "turn around time" as that point in an adventure when you must cease heading out in order to have enough time to safely return to camp or home--regardless of whether you have reached your destination.


Citizen: An American Lyric Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781555976903
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 7th, 2014

* Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry *
* Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry * Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism * Winner of the NAACP Image Award * Winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize * Winner of the PEN Open Book Award *

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR:


Together in a Sudden Strangeness: America's Poets Respond to the Pandemic Cover Image
By Alice Quinn (Editor)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593318720
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Published: Knopf - November 17th, 2020

In this urgent outpouring of American voices, our poets speak to us as they shelter in place, addressing our collective fear, grief, and hope from eloquent and diverse individual perspectives.


A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781950268177
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Published: Wave Books - April 6th, 2021

Hoa Nguyen's latest collection is a poetic meditation on historical, personal, and cultural pressures pre- and post-"Fall-of-Saigon" and comprises a verse biography on her mother, Diep Anh Nguyen, a stunt motorcyclist in an all-woman Vietnamese circus troupe.


When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry Cover Image
By Joy Harjo (Editor), LeAnne Howe (With), Jennifer Elise Foerster (With)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780393356809
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 25th, 2020

Selected as one of Oprah Winfrey's "Books That Help Me Through"

United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo gathers the work of more than 160 poets, representing nearly 100 indigenous nations, into the first historically comprehensive Native poetry anthology.


An American Sunrise: Poems Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393358483
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 18th, 2020

A nationally best-selling volume of wise, powerful poetry from the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States.


How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2002 Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780393325348
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 17th, 2004

Over a quarter-century's work from the 2003 winner of the Arrell Gibson Award for Lifetime Achievement.


Deer Trails: San Francisco Poet Laureate Series No. 7 Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9781931404181
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Published: City Lights Books - July 30th, 2019

2019 NCIBA Golden Poppy Award Winner - Poetry

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San Francisco's 7th poet laureate--a Native American and native San Franciscan--explores urban space and the natural world.


The Poetry Remedy: Prescriptions for the Heart, Mind, and Soul Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780525561088
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Published: Viking - October 15th, 2019

The US edition of the bestselling The Poetry Pharmacy

A beautiful collection of curated poems each individually selected to provide hope, comfort, and inspiration—for all of life's most difficult moments


Summer Snow: New Poems Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062950031
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Published: Ecco - January 12th, 2021

A major collection of entirely new poems from the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author of Time and Materials and The Apple Trees at Olema

A new volume of poetry from Robert Hass is always an event.


Make Me Rain: Poems & Prose Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062995285
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Published: William Morrow - October 20th, 2020

One of America’s most celebrated poets challenges us with this powerful and deeply personal collection of verse that speaks to the injustices of society while illuminating the depths of her own heart.


How to Fly (In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons): Poetry Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780062993083
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Published: Harper - September 22nd, 2020

In this intimate collection, the beloved author of The Poisonwood Bible and more than a dozen other New York Times bestsellers, winner or finalist for the Pulitzer and countless other prizes, now trains her eye on the everyday and the metaphysical in poems that are smartly crafted, emotionally rich, and luminous. 


What Kind of Woman: Poems Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780063008427
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 10th, 2020

An Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

A Goop Book Club Pick

"If you want your breath to catch and your heart to stop, turn to Kate Baer."--Joanna Goddard, Cup of Jo


Selected Poems of Langston Hughes: A Classic Collection of Poems by a Master of American Verse (Vintage Classics) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679728184
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Published: Vintage - September 12th, 1990

From the publication of his first book of poems, The Weary Blues, in 1926, Langston Hughes electrified readers and launched a renaissance in black writing in America.


DMZ Colony Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781940696959
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Published: Wave Books - April 7th, 2020

WINNER OF THE 2020 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY


The Flame: Poems Notebooks Lyrics Drawings Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250234797
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Published: Picador - October 15th, 2019

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER

Named a Fall Read by Vogue, Esquire, The Washington Post, TIME, Vanity Fair and O, the Oprah Magazine. One of Daily Mail and Financial Times's Best Books of 2018.

“There are very, very few people who occupy the ground that Leonard Cohen walks on.” —BONO


The Wild Iris Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780880013345
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Published: Ecco - November 1st, 1993

Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

From Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Louise Glück, a stunningly beautiful collection of poems that encompasses the natural, human, and spiritual realms


Every Day We Get More Illegal Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780872868281
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Published: City Lights Books - September 22nd, 2020

Voted a Best Poetry Book of the Year by Library Journal

Included in Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Poetry Books of the Year

One of LitHub's most Anticipated Books of the Year


Runaway: New Poems Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780063036703
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Published: Ecco - September 1st, 2020

An NPR Best Book of the Year

A new collection of poetry from one of our most acclaimed contemporary poets, Pulitzer Prize winner Jorie Graham


Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594481567
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 1st, 2005

A FINALIST FOR THE PEN/WEST TRANSLATION AWARD

The 100th Anniversary Edition of a global classic, containing beautiful translations along with the original German text.


New Poets of Native Nations Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781555978099
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Published: Graywolf Press - July 10th, 2018

A landmark anthology celebrating twenty-one Native poets first published in the twenty-first century


Poems to Night Cover Image
By Rainer Maria Rilke, Will Stone (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781782275534
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Published: Pushkin Collection - March 2nd, 2021

A collection of haunting, mystical poems of the night by the great Rainer Maria Rilke - most of which have never before been translated into English

One night I held between my hands
your face. The moon fell upon it.


Dog Songs: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143125839
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Published: Penguin Books - September 29th, 2015

“The popularity of [Dog Songs] feels as inevitable and welcome as a wagging tail upon homecoming.” —The Boston Globe
 


September Love Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781524859596
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - November 3rd, 2020

A book that will change the way you think about love, relationships, heartbreak, and self-empowerment.


Resistencia: Poems of Protest and Revolution Cover Image
By Julia Alvarez (Introduction by), Mark Eisner (Editor), Tina Escaja (Editor)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781951142070
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Published: Tin House Books - September 15th, 2020

“To read these poems is to be reminded again and again of our true allegiance to each other.” —from the introduction by Julia Alvarez