Book covers for the Poetry Month reading list.

Poetry Month

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Clarity & Connection by Yung Pueblo
This is an exceptional collection of poetry for anyone overcoming trauma and mental health issues. Pueblo seeks to help his readers release past wounds through his words. 

Living Nations, Living Words: An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry by various authors
Enjoy a beautiful anthology of poems from some of the best Native American poets, including a poet laureate. Read the soulful words about the lives and lands of our native people.

We Begin in Gladness: How Poets Progress by Craig Morgan Teicher
Have you ever wondered what inspires poets to write? This collection of essays provides a rare, in-depth look at how famous poets, such as Plath and Harris, reflect, write and create lasting pieces of art.

On Haiku by Hiroaki Sato
Haiku’s, one of Japan’s cultural recognizable gifts in America, is not just for elementary school-aged children. Go on a journey to learn the history of what a haiku means to Japan and how it made its way to us.

The Emily Dickinson Reader: An English to English Translation of Emily Dickinson’s Complete Poems by Paul Legault.
This witty collection of one-lines about Dickinson’s prose is perfect for any poetry fan who is short on time, but not humor.

Classic American Poetry by various authors
Poetry lovers and newbies alike will appreciate this eAudiobook outlining some of America’s classic poets, including Frost, Emerson, Whitman and Ross.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
This classic piece takes the reader on a journey of the battles women face with mental illness and societal pressures. The Bell Jar chronicles Esther – young, brilliant, beautiful and enormously talented, but slowly going under.

Jimmy's Blues and Other Poems by James Baldwin
One of America’s greatest writers and poets on equality and justice in America, Baldwin wrote numerous novels, plays and poems. This book is a full collection of his published poems. 

The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry edited by Jahan Ramazani, Richard Ellmann, Robert O'Clair.
This rich collection of more than 1,500 poems is a poetry fan’s dream. The assortment includes classics to some of the best contemporary works of the 20th century.

How to Write Poetry by Paul B. Janeczko        
While this title is geared towards child writers, adults beginning to explore the world of poetry creation will find this useful. Written by a children's poet laureate, it guides the reader into establishing the base of poetry.

The Poetry of Zen by Sam Hamill
Poetry has been essential to Buddhism practice by expressing enlightenment and mind through words. This is a rich collection of Japanese and Chinese poetry.

African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song editor Kevin Young
African American poetry encompasses many kinds of verse: formal, experimental, vernacular, lyric and protest. This anthology contains moving testaments that will impact you long after you complete it.

The Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection by Edgar Allan Poe
The king of horror poetry, Poe is celebrated in this audio collection of 20 of his stories and poems. It offers an eclectic way to enjoy his timeless works.

And Yet: Poems by Kate Baer
Enjoy a beautiful collection of personalized poems on womanhood, motherhood, grief and love.

E.E. Cummings by Catherine Reef
A multitalented artist, Cummings created physical art, and wrote plays and more than 2,900 pieces of poetry. This in-depth biography takes a look at one of America’s most iconic poets.



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