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5 Poetry Books to Read for National Poetry Month

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Poetry can be defined as a describing a moment in time. A formal definition from dictionary.com says poetry is “the art of rhythmical composition, written or spoken, for exciting pleasure by beautiful, imaginative, or elevated thoughts.”

That’s the pretty version.

For some poets, particularly Slam poets, poetry usually focuses more on feelings and the events that led to that particular feeling. This type of poetry usually deters from the descriptive prose and stanzas one might remember reading in school and usually makes for a better performance at poetry readings.

Whether one prefers the eloquently versed picturesque version of poetry or the raw and emotional depiction of the written word, here are 4 poetry books to read for National Poetry Month:

  1. The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni. A collection of poetic works written by world renowned poet Nikki Giovanni from 1968-1998.
  2. I Won’t Apologize for Being a Woman. A book of poetry and prose addressing the religious standards set against women today.
  3. Sticks and Stones, Conquering Haters with Poetry. Just like singing a song uplifts the spirit, so does reading poetry reflecting the same result.
  4. Brave. A Book about Courage. A book of inspiring poetry written by 11-year-old Sophie Campbell about what it takes to be brave.
  5. Open. Candid Haiku about Everyday Life. Laugh and be inspired by 560 thought-provoking humorous and brazen haiku about love, betrayal, faith, work, and even the struggles of weight-loss.

Only five? Of course, this list is arguable; and it seems as if though there should be at least 5 more books added to the list. And there are—several in fact. The problem is some of the good poetry books have been written by authors who are not huge public figures which means, that the popular publishing houses has not recognized their work. Therefore, that poet most likely self-published their work; and in most cases arranged for their manuscript to be mass produced on a one-time basis. This means when they sell their last book, it is officially out of print.

This is unfortunate. Poets can avoid this by taking time to research the right publisher that best suits their needs.

In the meantime, consider the 5 listed poetry books as a good read for National Poetry Month.

The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni
The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni Harper Perennial Modern Classics

The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni

1. The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni

The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni by Nikki Giovanni is a collection of 3 decades of poetic works from 1968 to 1998.

I Won't Apologize for Being a Woman book of poetry by Zorina Exie Jerome
I Won't Apologize for Being a Woman book of poetry by Zorina Exie Jerome Xlibris Publishing

I Won't Apologize for Being a Woman book of poetry by Zorina Exie Jerome

2. I Won’t Apologize for Being a Woman

I Won’t Apologize for Being a Woman by Zorina Exie Jerome is a book of poetry that talks about maintaining Christian values while living in today’s society as a woman.

I Won't Apologize for Being a Woman book of poetry by Zorina Exie Jerome Special Edition
I Won't Apologize for Being a Woman book of poetry by Zorina Exie Jerome Special Edition IWA Publishing Services

I Won't Apologize for Being a Woman book of poetry by Zorina Exie Jerome Special Edition

2a. Special Edition 

I Won’t Apologize for Being a Woman by Zorina Exie Jerome is a book of poetry that talks about maintaining Christian values while living in today’s society as a woman. This version includes bonus poems and a chapter from Conquering Haters, Dealing with Negative People.

Sticks and Stones, Conquering Haters with Poetry by Z.E. Frey
Sticks and Stones, Conquering Haters with Poetry by Z.E. Frey IWA Publishing Services

Sticks and Stones, Conquering Haters with Poetry by Z.E. Frey

3. Sticks and Stones, Conquering Haters with Poetry

Sticks and Stones, Conquering Haters with Poetry by Z.E. Frey is the poetic version of Conquering Haters, Dealing with Negative People.  Just as singing a song can often uplift the spirits, Frey believes that poetry, the written word of music, will do the same.

Brave, a Book about Courage by Sophie Campbell
Brave, a Book about Courage by Sophie Campbell IWA Publishing Services

Brave, a Book about Courage by Sophie Campbell

4. Brave. A Book about Courage

Brave. A Book about Courage by Sophie Campbell is a compilation of constructive poems. The book offers an endearing perspective about the various interests and feelings of an 11-year-old in relation to aspirations, self, favorite things, and an alternative perspective about what bravery is.

Open, Candid Haiku about Everyday Life by Z.E. Frey
Open, Candid Haiku about Everyday Life by Z.E. Frey IWA Publishing Services

Open, Candid Haiku about Everyday Life by Z.E. Frey

5. Open. Candid Haiku about Everyday Life

Open.  Candid Haiku about Everyday Life by Z.E. Frey consist of 560 humorous and brazen thought-provoking haikus about love, friendship, betrayal, faith, work, and even the struggles of weight-loss.  Open.  Candid Haiku about Everyday Life saucy poems has the potential to make a poetry-lover out of anybody guaranteed to make you laugh!  This book is perfect for traveling.
 

Out-of-print books.
Out-of-print books. IWA Publishing Services

Out-of-print books.

Out-of-print books

There are many talented poets who have published books that were unfortunately a one-time print process meaning once they sell out, there is no other way to buy their book unless the author spends more money to order copies. Publishing a book using the print-on-demand method offers readers the opportunity to purchase a book from their favorite author online anytime without the author investing any more money into the publishing process.

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IWA Publishing Services logo IWA Publishing Services

IWA Publishing Services logo

IWA Publishing Services. 

IWA Publishing Services is just one of the publishing companies that helps writers become published authors giving them the option to make their book available in a print-on-demand basis preventing the work from being labeled "out of print."

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