Poetry Recommendations for National Poetry Day!

Some information about National Poetry Day in the UK. 

Hope is the thing with feathers 

by Emily Dickinson

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.


Sunshine, Sadness, and Other Floridian Effects 

by Shelby Eileen


Shelby Eileen is one of my favourite poets, and this chapbook only adds to my love.

Sunshine is a strong collection centring in on loss of love and the sadness that can coexist with happiness in your life. I love the juxtaposition of these different emotions.

The poems that had more fluid imagery really called up images of the water and turn of the tide. I think this imagery especially works within the context of Florida, a place that becomes central to the poetry and the heartbreak and passions that are explored in this collection.


Aphrodite Made Me Do It 

by Trista Mateer


Aphrodite Made Me Do It is a collection written as interactions between the poet and Aphrodite, relating to love in all its forms and breaking down the misconceptions towards Aphrodite.

Aphrodite becomes a force of nature who sees love as strength rather than weakness, who talks about destruction and toxicity, and how overcoming toxic love is a significant part of survival. It’s rare to see Aphrodite as a Goddess placed in a modern context in a way that makes her nuanced and powerful, rather than falling flat compared to other goddesses.


I Am Not Your Final Girl

by Claire C. Holland


Each poem in I Am Not Your Final Girl is told from the point of view of a woman in horror film history and the suffering they experience.

Split into different sections based on the character, this is a collection about female empowerment and a woman’s attempts to recover agency in a world so intent on taking it away from her. It explores their stories in different forms, not sticking to one style, and this only amplifies the desire for independence and the desire to have your words listened to by people who only perceive you as weak, or an object for their violence to be exacted upon.


Salad Anniversary 

by Machi Tawara


Machi Tawara’s Salad Anniversary, translated from the Japanese by Juliet Winters Carpenter, is a beautiful collection of poetry focusing on new love, heartache, and the normality of everyday existence.

When it was originally published in Japan, this collection sold over 2.5 million copies and helped make Machi Tawara a household name as she gave a modern relevance to the tanka form. It’s a moving collection that really captures thoughts we all have without weighing it down in heavy language; Tawara brings a relatability to her poetry, and her own emotion, in short, precise stanzas, and the more you read of the collection the more you begin to understand why her poetry became so prolific.

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