Yesterday while watching President Biden’s inauguration I, like many others, was completely blown away by Amanda Gorman reciting her poem The Hill We Climb (as a side note her coat was amazing and I want to find one just like it).
Poetry is something a lot of people say they struggle with. I’ve loved poetry for a long time and even had a piece published myself (#humblebrag) – I think Amanda may have just woken thousands of people up to the fact poetry doesn’t have to be old and boring. It can be new, fun and exciting. It can give hope.
Because of this I wanted to share some of my favourites to get you started including both novels in verse and poetry collections because you may like one more than the other.
Novels in verse
Novels In Verse
Gut Feelings – C.G Moore
Explored chronic illness through poetry that packs a punch and a new release .
Clap When You Land – Elizabeth Acevedo
One of my favourites of 2020, full review here.
The Black Flamingo – Dean Atta
Growing up, coming out and becoming fabulous in drag, full review here.
Moonrise – Sarah Crossan
Will make you ugly cry, family and the US justice system.
The Girl And The Goddess – Nikita Gill
Another of my 2020 favourites, mythology, womanhood and growing up.
Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur
One you’ve probably heard of. A good one to get you started with shorter poetry.
Nobody told me: Poetry and Parenthood – Holly McNish
I don’t have kids but I felt this one to my core, it also made me laugh, review here.
Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately – Alicia Cook
Combining two of my favourite things, music and poetry in one collection.
Grief Is A Thing With Feathers – Max Porter
Deals with grief and bringing up a family alone, not the cheeriest but still good stuff.
I’ll leave you with the stunning poem and the reminder she has a collection out in September 2021!