Posted on Tue, Aug 22, 2017

People, my daughter is reading poetry. As in, on her own, asked me for the book, Snapchatting pictures of her favorites. I can only attribute this to the release of the VERY popular, Milk and Honey collection of poems by Rupi Kaur. I am quite confident that the initial attraction to this book was one of the aesthetics, as black and white blankets my 14 year old's bedroom from the walls to the head bands. But, she soon dove head first into the words and got gloriously soaked with a new found love of poetry. I have always been a believer in allowing kids to find their own way into literature, although I am a strong supporter of the classics, I do not think that shoving Huckleberry Finn down their throats is the way in. Young and hip, modern and chic...that is the ticket. With it will come the love and then there will be the time for an appreciation of the old school best.

I can prove my theory in two words: Harry Potter.

Add to this an absolute need for us, as parents, to notice the books they gravitate towards and expand on the genre. For this reason, I now have four other contemporary poetry books sitting in my Amazon cart. Buying her books brings me more joy than you can imagine and I will spend the next few weeks gleefully filling her bookshelf with poetry.

Here are the books I have chosen so far:

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Milk and Honey

by: Rupi Kaur

4.5 star Amazon rating/ New York Times bestseller

The book that has teens reading poetry...voluntarily. 

#1 New York Times bestseller Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.

The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

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Black Book of Poems

by: Vincent K. Hunanyan

4.5 star Amazon rating and best seller in category

Black Book of Poems is the debut title of the Armenian-born writer, Vincent Hunanyan, and is a collection of poems dealing with loss, love, pain, happiness, depression and abandonment.

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the princess saves herself in this one

by: Amanda Lovelace

4.5 star Amazon rating

Winner of the 2016 Goodreads Choice Award, the princess saves herself in this one is a collection of poetry about resilience. It is about writing your own ending.

From Amanda Lovelace, a poetry collection in four parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, and you. The first three sections piece together the life of the author while the final section serves as a note to the reader. This moving book explores love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, and inspiration.

the princess saves herself in this one is the first book in the "women are some kind of magic" series.

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Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately

by: Alicia Cook

4.5 star Amazon rating

A poet, journalist, and activist, Alicia Cook offers a soundtrack of survival.

Structured like an old-school mix-tape, Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately is Alicia Cook's lyric message to anyone who has dealt with addiction. "Side A" touches on all aspects of the human condition: life, death, love, trauma, and growth. "Side B" contains haunting black-out remixes of those poems.

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Uncaged Wallflower

by: Jennae Cecelia

4.5 star Amazon rating

(free with Kindle Unlimited!)

Uncaged Wallflower is for those who feel trapped in the thoughts their minds produce, unable to express them with the rest of the world out of fear of critique or disagreement. For the people who need an extra dose of positivity in their day. This is not a poetry book for you to read and relate to in a sorrow filled way. It is for you to read and say yes, I can be better, and I will.

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Do you have any suggestions for more poetry books or authors that share this theme? 


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