I love adding poetry books to my list of yearly reading. It adds just a good variety and unique perspective sometimes.
I’ve been curious about this for a long time now, and when I started – yikes! – my reading comprehension was poor. I had to teach myself everything I knew about poetry. In college, I got a lot of valuable feedback and support which has played a big role in helping me improve my reading skills greatly.
I would encourage you to make your reading lists diverse not only by authors but by genre as well.
- Mouthful of Forevers by Clementine von Radics: I first read her work on Instagram and found her words powerfully descriptive. I love this collection. The poems are short, most only a line or two, but still convey everything they mean to.
“Getting everything you ever wanted does not make you want less”
- The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Macksey: This is not really a book of poetry but I don’t know which list to put it under. It’s a kid’s book which is relevant to adults, it’s a picture book, a book of deep thoughts, and a coffee table book. When I first read it, I immediately sent copies to my friends. It’s such a lovely feel-good book and every page is heart-touching.
“The greatest illusion,” said the mole, “is that life should be perfect.”
- Green Poems by Gulzar: This is a good collection of his poems based on nature. Written in Hindi with English translations, it takes you through the magic and heartbreak of our relationship with the natural world.
- Rumi: A New Collection translated by Farrukh Dhondy: I’ve talked about these books previously. I love the easy reading of this. The words have an almost lyrical tone to it.
Envy is a poison, An illogical distress,
The fact that your neighbor has more, Doesn’t mean that you have less.
- The World That Belongs To Us: An Anthology of Queer Poetry from South Asia by Aditi Angiras, Akhil Katyal: The authors confess of their confusion at first about the term “queer poetry’. Is it any poetry written by a queer person or only about their experiences as a queer person? They’ve managed to include a good mix of works. They’re touching, heart-breaking, joyful, and wistful.
- The Colours of My Heart by Faiz translated by Baran Farooqi: You’ll find plenty of superb quotes of Faiz on the Internet, unfortunately this book didn’t live up to expectations. It still has some exceptional works of his, however, they don’t seem as impactful.
- Home Body by Rupi Kaur: I love her works. This book wasn’t as passionate as her previous two, but still a worthy read. Like her other works, it covers a variety of topics – her parents, feminism, relationships, self-love, and depression to name a few.
“i get so lost in where i want to go
i forget that the place i’m in is already quite magical”
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