As well as being a complete book worm, I am also a huge fan of poetry. Years ago you would never catch me reading a poem as my knowledge of poetry was limited to the frankly boring material I had to study in school. Now however I read a lot more and am constantly finding new poets who I really connect with. I thought I would make a post listing my favourite poets OR specific poems which I really enjoy.
1.) Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur
I’m sure you’ve read or at least seen some of Kaurs work by this point, her poetry is widely shared on social media and her poems are super powerful despite being so short at times. Milk & Honey is full of great work and really resonates with me, especially her poems about femininity and culture.
2.) Home by Warsan Shire
This poem is probably one of my top favourites of all time, it is really relevant to the refugee crisis in recent years and has been used a lot by various writers to explore their thoughts. Here is a really powerful line or two from the poem:
no one leaves home unless
home is the mouth of a shark
you only run for the border
when you see the whole city running as well
3.) Let us always find each other by Tina Tran
Tina Tran is a young poet I came across on social media and I’m so glad I did. In the style of some of the other poets on this list, Tran has short, self contained poems which really speak to me. The one on this list is just super moving and romantic and I love it.
4.) Salt by Nayyirah Waheed
I follow Nayyirah on Instagram and I see her work almost every day and I always find it so refreshing and current, no matter what the poem is about – in this particular collection as well – I just really enjoy her style.
5.) Bone by Yrsa Daley Ward
6.) Lang Leav
Another poet I found through social media, I just really love Leavs work. She has a way of making these intricate and beautiful images or stories almost through her words, read her work to see what I mean. My personal favourite is A Promise and Soulmates.
Hope you enjoyed this post + let me know who your favourite poets are or if you enjoy poetry?
Until next time,