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:
- The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni. A collection of poetic works written by world renowned poet Nikki Giovanni from 1968-1998.
- I Won’t Apologize for Being a Woman. A book of poetry and prose addressing the religious standards set against women today.
- Sticks and Stones, Conquering Haters with Poetry. Just like singing a song uplifts the spirit, so does reading poetry reflecting the same result.
- Brave. A Book about Courage. A book of inspiring poetry written by 11-year-old Sophie Campbell about what it takes to be brave.
- 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.