Poems For Isolation: Celebrating Poetry Month from Home

To celebrate Poetry Month, we made a list of poetry books to enjoy from home. We will also soon be hosting a virtual reading and discussion of poems with the author of “How to Love a Country”, Richard Blanco.

  1. How to Love a Country by Richard Blanco
    Presidential inaugural poet Richard Blanco addresses the complexities and contradictions of what it means to be American, drawing on narratives of immigration, racism, LGBTQIA+ issues, and more.
  2. Hour of the Ox by Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello
    This winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry summons life and death as she embarks on a journey into the mythic, spinning ancient tales of distant lands from a deep yearning for home.
  3. When Rap Spoke Straight to God by Erica Dawson
    Winner of the 2018 Florida Book Award, Erica Dawson’s book-length poem is a feat of craft and content that brings together Wu-Tang and Mary Magdalene, lamentations and celebrations in one great chorus.
  4. Nouns & Verbs: New and Selected Poems by Campbell McGrath
    Shelter in place with this staggering new collection of poems spanning the 35-year career of one of America’s most celebrated poets.
  5. Lucky Bones by Peter Meinke
    Florida’s poet laureate and recipient of the 2020 Florida Humanities Lifetime Award has written 15 books across multiple genres, but he continues to pursue a love of formal poetry in this delightful collection of poems.

Share your favorite poems or write your own. Tag #PoemsforIsolation @MiamiBookFair

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