During tough times, I turn to poetry. Poems are how we express our human experience. They remind us that the world has always had struggles and still continues to evolve and grow. Poems show our vulnerability, our hearts, our souls. I find that when I read poetry, I feel a deep connection, and that helps me navigate hardships. Here are a few I’ve read recently and a few I can’t wait to read:
- Voyage of the Sable Venus: and Other Poems by Robin Coste Lewis: I just finished this beautiful book. Robin’s writing is powerful and gripping.
- The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde: Lorde’s work both in her writing and activism is truly inspiring. I just bought this large collection of poetry so that I can refer back to her wisdom often.
- The Best Poems of Jane Kenyon: I’m eager to read more of Kenyon’s beautiful work.
- Homie by Danez Smith: I have read so many amazing reviews of Smith’s empathetic and poignant words on race, sexuality and friendship.
- How Lovely The Ruins: Inspirational Poems and Words for Difficult Times by Annie Chagnot & Emi Ikkanda: I can’t wait to get this one. It’s a collection of inspiring words and poetry from so many great voices!
- Bright Dead Things by Ada Limón: Passionate, tender and sad—I’m intrigued.
- Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur: I’ve read Kaur’s The Sun and Her Flowers and loved it. This is her most popular book of poetry. It’s about survival, abuse, loss, love and feminity.
- Life of the Party by Olivia Gatwood: I read this a few months ago. It’s dark but moving, and I connected deeply to her ongoing fears and anxieties as a woman.
- Salt. by Nayyirah Waheed: I just got this and the collection of tiny poems is so impactful. I love her style!