In honor of National Poetry Month, here are some of our librarians’ favorite poetry collections!

The Romantic Dogs – Roberto Bolanos
Bone – Ysra Daley-Ward
Crush – Richard Siken
Splay Anthem – Nathaniel Mackey
Madness – Sam Sax

A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

Poetry Favorites from the Children’s Room:
Hi, Koo! A Year of Seasons written and illustrated by Jon Muth
Animal Ark: Celebrating our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures, photographs by Joel Sartore and words by Kwame Alexander
Digger Dozer Dumper by Hope Vestergaard, illustrated by David Slonim
Echo Echo: Reverso Poems about Greek Myths by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Josée Masse
A Stick Is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Novels in Verse from the Children’s Room:
Starfish by Lisa Fipps
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Another Day as Emily by Eileen Spinelli

Poetry Favorite from the Adult Collection:
Strange Borderlands: Poems by Ben Berman

I don’t read very much poetry, but I still have The Collected Poems by Sylvia Plath which I’ve had since I was probably just a teenager. Over the years the poems that are my favorites have changed, but I still enjoy that collection quite a bit.

More recently, I bought a copy of Dolefully, a Rampart Stands by Paige Ackerson-Kiely because I had checked it out of the library and enjoyed it so much I wanted to have my own copy.

Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire
In Full Velvet by Jenny Johnson
There Should Be Flowers by Joshua Jennifer Espinoza
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé by Morgan Parker
Ariel by Sylvia Plath
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
A Guide to Undressing Your Monsters by by Sam Sax
Daughter by Janice Lee

Share you favorite poetry books in the comments below!

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