Poetry has been in my life for as long as I can remember. I used poetry as a source of my therapy when I was younger and continued to write poetry throughout college. I am glad that I had the chance to be introduced to poetry from different writers such as Maya Angelou and Nikki Giovanni. Poetry is hands down one of my favorite genres and I figured since it is National Poetry Month that I would discuss my favorite poetry books that I read in 2018. I read a lot of poetry books last year and it was hard to narrow down my give top favorite poetry books but after deep consideration I finally chose the five books! The books are listed in no particular order.
The 100 Best African American Poems *But I Cheated By Nikki Giovanni is not only a poetry book but an audiobook as well. I was able to read along while playing an audio CD with familiar voices such as Nikki Giovanni, Ruby Dee, and Sonia Sanchez. There were poems from Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks, Tupac and more.
I really enjoyed this poetry book because there were so many poems that resonated with me and poems that I never knew existed. The topics varied when it came to the poetry but it made this book have a diverse collection of poetry for any reader. Nikki Giovanni did a nice job with editing this collection of poetry and I believe that you will not be disappointed if you decide to devour this poetry book.
Corazon By Yesika Salgado is a collection of poetry speaking on family, love, body image, and more. I was able to find this book at Barnes & Noble and glad that I took a chance on this book. Corazon has bilingual poetry and tells stories through the poems which made me not want to put the book down.
I laughed, smiled, raised my fist internally and had a rollercoaster of emotions while reading Corazon. Corazon will not disappoint and I highly recommend the book. I enjoyed Salgado's first book so much I decided to read her second book Tesoro as part of my April book haul as well.
Sister's Entrance By Emtithal Mahmoud is one of those poetry books that I was honored to read. There was poetry about religion, love, self love, family and so much more. Mahmoud did an excellent job discussing the issues that happened in her life, the war in her country and who she is as a person. I was able to find myself in multiple poems and enjoy the words of Mahmoud. Sister's Entrance can be a poetry book for a mature age group and I highly recommend it.
The Carrying By Ada Limon is about life, pregnancy, being a woman and so much more. This book had lengthy poetry that had so much depth that I had to gather other poetry books by Limon. The Carrying had profound poetry and poems that I think anyone can enjoy. Limon wrote poems that were vulnerable and brave. I had to put The Carrying on this book list because of how much the poetry connected to me. I enjoyed the depth of the poetry and the way she captivated my attention through imagery, story telling and tone.
Citizen Illegal By Jose Olivarez is about being Mexican American, immigration, life in Chicago and so much more. Olivarez captured me through his language, poems and topics of his poems. I think anyone can connect to this collection of poetry. I enjoyed this poetry book with a combination of short and lengthy poetry. The tone and language are relatable and Olivarez touched on relevant topics. Citizen Illegal is highly recommended and worth a read.
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