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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.