Poetry is the perfect way to escape for a little bit, no matter what kind of lifestyle you lead. Whether you’re enjoying a relaxing day off and looking for an easy, lazy read or you’re running around, busy as ever and just want a quick piece of inspiration to enjoy on your lunch break, immerse yourself in a short poem! April is National Poetry Month, so we put together a list of our fave authors for you to start exploring some great poetry!
If you’re just beginning your foray into the world of poetry, go pick up Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur ASAP. It’s already a modern-day classic and odds are, you’ve already seen some of her incredible work - it’s usually all over Instagram, complete with adorable illustrations for each poem. There’s a lot of debate over the quality of Kaur’s work in comparison to other poets since it’s simplistic and one of the easiest reads out there, but that’s the joy of it! It’s effortlessly relatable, uplifting, and heart-wrenching all in one. Since it’s so easy to break down, it makes for a really introspective experience that’ll get you thinking more about your own life and feelings. If you like Milk and Honey, check out her new collection of poems in The Sun and Her Flowers!
It’s easy to write off poetry as “boring Shakespeare,” but Alicia Cook absolutely proves that judgement wrong in her book Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately. She tackles her poetry collection in a unique way that has her readers even more actively involved in the stories she’s telling by framing her work as a mixtape with Side A and Side B. Side A is classic, straightforward verse full of beautiful imagery, but Side B is made up of blackout poetry that makes for a really intriguing read. Even better? She treats the collection as if it really is a mixtape, and adds a song at the end of each piece that adds an entirely new element to her poetry!
Kar’s work isn’t as hard-hitting and controversial as some of the other incredible poetry that’s out there, so if you’re looking for poetry that’s a little bit more charged, check out Denice Frohman. Although some of the topics she writes about can be heavy, she makes them a lot easier to digest and understand by filming spoken word videos of each of her poems. This one, titled #SheInspiresMe, was a stunning collab with Twitter, and we love how empowering it is!
R. M. Drake
R. M. Drake is the king of Instagram poetry, and chances are, you’ve seen his work all over the Kardashian’s pages. His writing style is similar to Kaur’s, but it gets a little bit more in-depth and almost conversational at times. He covers first love, lost love, and everything in between, so if you’re currently post-breakup, ditch the ice cream and pick up one of his books instead! Get familiar with his work and his style by checking out his Instagram.