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poetry recommendations for people who don’t read poetry

“Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.”

Are you someone who absolutely loves beautiful lines and verses and the deep meanings hidden in every crook of the alphabets? Are you someone who loves to be moved by few words which come together to mean so much more than just “few”? But you just can’t get into poetry? No worries.

Do you have your Goodreads opened in another tab? * waiting * Awesome! Get your coke, Get your pen. Cause’ it’s time to grow that pile of shame aka THE TBR *muuhhwahhaha*

*(glossary time) tbr: to be read list*

If you are someone who dislikes poetry, because you think they’re boring stanzas to be analyzed and you have to write essays on it, you are wrong. They are not always that mechanical or serious. If you hate that poetry book from the “Dead Poets Society” movie and despise that weird graph, I assure you, we are on the same boat. If you love romantic gorgeous writing, stunning lyrics, and you’re all about the feeling – I have feeling that you might love the books on this list.

Disclaimer: these books are mostly for enjoyment and appreciation of this style of writing. Some of them have received lots of criticisms because of the casual and easy flow, but that’s what we are here for. Many people don’t like a few of the books mentioned in this list because they’re like “instagram poetry.” It could be a no-no for some people. But I think the best way to read a poetry book is to go slow and cherish every moment. Because each book is short, and it’s hardly going to take you a lot of time to finish it. But trust me, too much sweetness makes it sour. You want to read it, digest it, and then let it haunt you. Now, that’s some real deep shit there. Anyways. Onto the list!

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THE SUN AND HER FLOWERS

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One Line Pitch: A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself.

this is the recipe of life said my mother as she held me in her arms as i wept
think of those flowers you plant in the garden each year
they will teach you that people too
must wilt
fall
root
rise
in order to bloom

Read it NOW because:

  • 💅 feminism
  • ✈️ immigration
  • 💫 magical
  • 💖 heart warming
  • 🧶 mental-health

my fav lines:

  • “why is it that when the story ends we begin to feel all of it.”
  • “and here you are living despite it all”
  • “you’re everywhere except right here and it hurts”

THE PRINCESS SAVES HERSELF IN THIS ONE

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One Line Pitch: “Ah, life- the thing that happens to us while we’re off somewhere else blowing on dandelions & wishing ourselves into the pages of our favorite fairy tales.”

A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. Explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations.

Read it NOW because:

  • 💅 feminism
  • 🎀 romance
  • 📝 memoir
  • 💖 heart warming
  • 🧶 mental-health

my fav lines:

  • “repeat after me: you owe no one your forgiveness. except maybe yourself.”
  • “once upon a time, the princess rose from the ashes her dragon lovers made of her & crowned herself the mother-fucking queen of herself.   – how’s that for a happily ever after?”

SEPTEMBER LOVE

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One Line Pitch: Breaking the rules, challenging perceptions, and exploring the secret desires we keep hidden from the world. 

September Love captures the magic of each passing season, a pearl of wisdom waiting to be discovered with every page turned. A book that will inspire you to reach for the stars.     

Read it NOW because:

  • 💅 feminism
  • 🎀 romance
  • 💫 magical
  • 💖 self-love
  • 🧶 mental-health

my fav lines:

  • “When my heart grows too heavy to hold—I write from the depth of my sorrow to dizzying heights”
  • I used to think love had no limits – but I draw the line at myself.
  • “More love is found in grief, than in love itself.”

LOVE HER WILD

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One Line Pitch: a collection of poetry and prose about heartbreak, love and raw emotions.

Divided into sections to read when you feel you need them the most. Make a cup of tea and let yourself feel.

Read it NOW because:

  • 🎶 lyrical
  • 🎀 romance
  • 💫 magical
  • 🧶 mental-health

my fav lines:

  • “I hope to arrive at my death, late, in love, and a little drunk. ”
  • “Depression is being colorblind and constantly told how colorful the world is.”
  • “Love her but leave her wild.”

CLAP WHEN YOU LAND

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One Line Pitch: A novel-in-verse that brims with grief and love.

Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people. In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash. Separated by distance—and Papi’s secrets—the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered. And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.

Read it NOW because:

  • 🎶 lyrical
  • 🌈 LGBTQ+
  • 🌊 satisfying
  • 🌷 finding oneself

my fav lines:

  • “Fight until you can’t breathe, & if you have to forfeit, you forfeit smiling, make them think you let them win.”
  • “You do not let your words stunt unknown possibilities.”
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I hope you found something you would want to check out on this list. I would love to know your favorite poetry books. I have looking for some but I just can’t find any. Let me know! <33

Thanks for reading lovely people. I hope you are having a great day.

Keep on keeping on. See ya in the comments below.

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33 thoughts on “poetry recommendations for people who don’t read poetry

  1. I loved this recommendations post, Ashmita! I haven’t read much poetry, but I do find reading it meaningful, so I’m definitely going to check some of these out, namely The Sun and Her Flowers and The Princess Saves Herself in This One was I’ve heard so many good things about both of them!! <33

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  2. I personally adore anything by Dorothy Parker – but hers are usually less romantic and more sarcastic… my taste can be weird sometimes 😆

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  3. Wow! Cool post really!!! As much as I love writing poetry, I don’t really read much of them. But these are some wonderful recs. Will definitely read them!

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