Celebrate National Poetry Month
Check out the selection of some of our favorite poetry books below. Scroll down to see all our adult selections.
What the world needs now – featuring poems from inaugural poet Amanda Gorman, Ross Gay, Tracy K.
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.$19.99ISBN: 9781912891245Availability: At the Store NowPublished: 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.$18.99ISBN: 9781250269492Availability: Available to OrderPublished: 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,$17.99ISBN: 9780525582090Availability: At the Store NowPublished: 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$17.99ISBN: 9780545825788Availability: At the Store NowPublished: 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).$16.95ISBN: 9781951836146Availability: At the Store NowPublished: Cameron Kids - March 2nd, 2021
A picture book of haiku-inspired poems celebrating the four seasons
Teach me, too, how to fly,
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.
$19.99ISBN: 9780711254602Availability: At the Store NowPublished: 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.$14.95ISBN: 9781523510993Availability: At the Store NowPublished: 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$11.95ISBN: 9780811230599Availability: At the Store NowPublished: 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$18.00ISBN: 9780593318331Availability: At the Store NowPublished: 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$15.95ISBN: 9780393542035Availability: At the Store NowPublished: 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$45.00ISBN: 9781598536669Availability: At the Store NowPublished: 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$27.99ISBN: 9780063032491Availability: At the Store NowPublished: Ecco - November 10th, 2020
A new book of poetry from internationally acclaimed, award-winning and bestselling author Margaret Atwood$16.00ISBN: 9781644450147Availability: At the Store NowPublished: 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$23.00ISBN: 9781556595387Availability: At the Store NowPublished: 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.$16.00ISBN: 9780374539320Availability: At the Store NowPublished: 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"$21.95ISBN: 9781680512656Availability: At the Store NowPublished: 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.$20.00ISBN: 9781555976903Availability: At the Store NowPublished: 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:$27.00ISBN: 9780593318720Availability: At the Store NowPublished: 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.$18.00ISBN: 9781950268177Availability: At the Store NowPublished: 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.$19.95ISBN: 9780393356809Availability: At the Store NowPublished: 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.$15.95ISBN: 9780393358483Availability: At the Store NowPublished: 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.$17.95ISBN: 9780393325348Availability: Available to OrderPublished: 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.$13.95ISBN: 9781931404181Availability: At the Store NowPublished: City Lights Books - July 30th, 2019
2019 NCIBA Golden Poppy Award Winner - Poetry
San Francisco's 7th poet laureate--a Native American and native San Franciscan--explores urban space and the natural world.$20.00ISBN: 9780525561088Availability: At the Store NowPublished: 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$16.99ISBN: 9780062950031Availability: At the Store NowPublished: 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.$19.99ISBN: 9780062995285Availability: At the Store NowPublished: 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.$24.99ISBN: 9780062993083Availability: At the Store NowPublished: 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.$17.00ISBN: 9780063008427Availability: At the Store NowPublished: 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$16.00ISBN: 9780679728184Availability: At the Store NowPublished: 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.$20.00ISBN: 9781940696959Availability: At the Store NowPublished: Wave Books - April 7th, 2020
WINNER OF THE 2020 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY$18.00ISBN: 9781250234797Availability: At the Store NowPublished: 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$16.99ISBN: 9780880013345Availability: At the Store NowPublished: 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$14.95ISBN: 9780872868281Availability: At the Store NowPublished: 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$26.99ISBN: 9780063036703Availability: At the Store NowPublished: 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$16.00ISBN: 9781594481567Availability: At the Store NowPublished: 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.$18.00ISBN: 9781555978099Availability: At the Store NowPublished: Graywolf Press - July 10th, 2018
A landmark anthology celebrating twenty-one Native poets first published in the twenty-first century$18.00ISBN: 9781782275534Availability: At the Store NowPublished: 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.$16.00ISBN: 9780143125839Availability: At the Store NowPublished: Penguin Books - September 29th, 2015
“The popularity of [Dog Songs] feels as inevitable and welcome as a wagging tail upon homecoming.” —The Boston Globe
$16.99ISBN: 9781524859596Availability: At the Store NowPublished: Andrews McMeel Publishing - November 3rd, 2020
A book that will change the way you think about love, relationships, heartbreak, and self-empowerment.$18.95ISBN: 9781951142070Availability: At the Store NowPublished: 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