Celebrate National Poetry Month with these evocative, groundbreaking collections.
"How big and how vast our world is around us / So grateful for god we were lost but he found us."
Celebrated for her nature-inspired poems, Oliver was named “the country’s best-selling poet.”
"People want me to believe / there’s a difference when the result / is the same, same, same."
Jenny Xie, Tommy Pico, Sam Sax, and seven other poets share their favorite collections of the year.
Each month this year, we asked writers like Meg Wolitzer, Tayari Jones, and Sloane Crosley what they’ve been reading. Here are their picks.
"So here I am / lying next to my husband, / children tucked into their bunks, / divorce papers nesting / in a printer on 138th"
The winners were revealed at the 69th National Book Awards ceremony.
Finally, a quiz for high school English teachers.
For when you just want to feel a little better.
"the train today / is every reason / i love new york / as a place / to visit / but not die in."
"I don’t owe you an explanation. / No one owes anyone their body."
"Tamara was the Flo-Jo of elementary school. / If you were lucky, / you’d catch a glimpse of her trailing hair / before she reached the finish line."
“are you ok is the hook / are you ok is code for / we are not ok / but please remind me you are breathing.”
"We remember the story / we commit to. Then, we tell / ourselves it happened."
It's like a little scrapbook of the soul.
"Men have yelled at me in the street since I was twelve."
"what histories are natural & what artifacts art? / how do we decide the borders of a country / or an era or a solar system? when did we decide / our planet meant only this collection of green?"
“The achievement of 'Step 15: Profit' is as simple as reciting the meditative cadences found in this poem.”
In a Facebook post, multiple women shared stories of how Reuben made sexual advances toward them when they were minors.
Here are the poetry collections that we absolutely loved in 2017. (Ranked in no particular order.)
From verse about Columbus Day to trying to masturbate on election night — these poems have range.
From memoirs to coffee-table books to how music affects your brain, recommendations from BuzzFeed editors!
The winners were revealed at the 68th National Book Awards ceremony.
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Boys and girls of every age, wouldn't you like to see something strange?
"My mother wept nightly for eight years / my living curled its hands / around her throat not choking exactly."
New books by Salman Rushdie, Jennifer Egan, Jesmyn Ward, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and John Green, oh my!
"What does the moon know of our language, / our care for its perceived loneliness / which may be its one joy."
The milk and honey author's use of unspecified collective trauma in her quest to depict the quintessential South Asian female experience feels disingenuous.
"Life is short, & I show them how to talk / to police without opening the door / how /to leave the social security number blank / on the exam, I tell this to mis hijas."
Sherman Alexie on what it means for Trump to treat the entire country like a reservation — and writing a memoir about a great woman who was not a great mother.
There are no bad results when it comes to good poetry.
I take my coffee with milk, sugar, and a splash of humor. The products in this post were updated in October 2017.
It wasn’t until Maya Angelou died that the full story of her life opened up to me, and helped me open up my own life in turn.
"I'm waiting for a white woman / in this overpriced Equinox / to mistake me for someone other / than a paying member."
"Is there anything that works / that isn’t a machine for killing, / or doomed to collapse, or stolen / from the sweat of the hungry?"