Best Poetry Books of 2018

We have compiled the best poetry books as recommended by critics from Washington Post, National Public Radio, the New York Times and many more.

All critics’ recommendations are referenced with customer reviews. The rating you see is an aggregate from several platforms and is always higher than 4 out of 5 stars.

Poetry is a form of literature in which a language is intended for its evocative and aesthetic qualities as well as, or instead of, its clear meaning. Poetry assists in self-expression, writing skills, creativity, creative language skills, language development, and in the development of natural rhythms. Poetry normally uses language in unusual and specific ways, and it also attracts attention to the written text. Poetry is also a medium of expressing deep feelings, emotions, aesthetics, or the things that are beautiful about the world.

Poems add beauty to life and make it meaningful. Good poems capture and communicate the beauty of life that we are always surrounded with but, more often than not, we fail to observe it. Poets, however, convey their simple life experiences by diving deep into the ocean of literature and picking up the gem of words to decorate their works.

The poetry books featured on our website are written by some acclaimed poets such as Maggie Smith, Mary Oliver, Adam Bradley, Danez Smith, Layli Long Soldier, among many others.

Some of the great poetry books featured in the section are Don’t Call Us Dead: Poems by Danez Smith, The Poetry of Pop by Adam Bradley, Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver, Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 by Frank Bidart, and Good Bones: Poems by Maggie Smith.

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