A List Of Poetry Books You Must Add To Your Reading List

What does your quarantine reading list look like? Got any poetry books on it? No, here's a list that you can stick to. In fact, even if you have some on your list, add a few from our list. 

All You Who Sleep Tonight - Vikram Seth

“All you who sleep tonight Far from the ones you love, No hand to left or right, An emptiness above — Know that you aren't alone. The whole world shares your tears, Some for two nights or one, And some for all your years.” 

Vikram Seth's mastery over words is truly something. Whether it's prose or poetry, there's no chance we can ever get over his writing. This short collection of poetry is one of our favourites. 

Poems and Songs - Leonard Cohen

“We are not mad. We are human. We want to love, and someone must forgive us for the paths we take to love, for the paths are many and dark, and we are ardent and cruel in our journey.”

The thing about Leonard Cohen's poetry is that you cannot stop with one. Lucid but profound writing — this book is a rich experience any reader can ask for. 

No Matter the Wreckage - Sarah Kay

“Getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to remind your lungs how much they like the taste of air.”

Ever since we've heard Sarah Kay's spoken word, we're fans! There's no way we're ever missing out on her performances and work. This book is a great read and delves into love and loss. TBH it's easily one of the best contemporary poetry that we've laid our hands on. 

Mouthful of Forevers - Clementine Von Radics

“Getting everything you ever wanted does not make you want less.”

If you're REALLY into modern poetry or love discovering Instagram poets as we do, you'll surely love Mouthful of Forevers. Clementine's writing style is conversational and will strike a chord with millennials. 

You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense - Charles Bukowski

“some men never die and some men never live but we're all alive tonight.”

Oh, Bukowski! This book comes as a surprise as you get to witness a side of Bukowski that you didn't know exists. The writing itself is super lucid — almost like he's having a conversation with you about his cat, days of youth, and other things. It's a 320-page book so take your time to relish it.

Since Amazon isn't delivering any books, we recommend buying digital versions.