Top Ten Tuesday // Poetry

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week is a back-to-school freebie, and I figured since people study poetry in school that this would be a good time to write about poetry books I want to read! I’m kind of cheating on this one because I don’t think most teachers or professors would use these books to teach, but in some cases, they definitely should!

EDIT: apparently this is actually next week’s topic. oops!


  1. Milk and Honey | Rupi Kaur — This one is probably not school material, but if you’re trying to get someone into reading poetry and make poetry more accessible, it’s great for that. My boyfriend and I each bought a copy of this collection on our first date and read it together. According to him, which I think is true, a lot of these poems read like well-written Tweets, but I still really enjoyed it because it got me into reading poetry for fun, and inspired me to try writing some again, which is something I really enjoyed in high school. Rupi Kaur’s poems might not be super high brow or literary, but I think she’s important because of how accessible she makes a traditionally ivory tower art form.
  2. The Princess Saves Herself in This One | Amanda Lovelace — I LOVED this collection. It would be great in a women’s studies course, as would the second book in the series, THE WITCH DOESN’T BURN IN THIS ONE. Amanda Lovelace knows how to put her heart onto a page and her poetry had me feeling all kinds of ways. She also introduced me to the tagline style of poetry, which is something that really speaks to me and that I enjoy very much.



3. Dropkick Romance | Cyrus Parker — Cyrus Parker is Amanda Lovelace’s partner, so I would be very curious about his (?? unsure of pronouns??) poetry. Apparently this collection features a long-distance relationship, and I’ve been in a couple of those, so I hope to feel very seen in this collection.

4. The Boys I’ve Loved and the End of the World | Catarine Hancock — I follow Catarine Hancock on Twitter and like her tweets, so maybe I’ll like her poetry?

5. Neon Soul | Alexandra Elle — This is a collection of poetry AND prose, which interests me, because poets who write prose seem to do it in very interesting and creative ways. I’ve almost bought this a few times, so maybe along with Cyrus Parker’s book, I’ll get it for my birthday this week.


6. Light Filters In | Caroline Kaufman — This author is also cool on Twitter, and, according to Goodreads, is a “teen Instagram sensation” as well. People frown a lot on Instagram poets because they’re not seen as having literary value, but in my opinion, anything that gets people, especially teens, to read, has value. I would be curious to check out Kaufman’s Insta as well as her poetry.

7. Rangoli | Pavana Reddy — I do follow this author on Instagram and I LOVE the poems she posts from this book. They are all so short but beautiful and pack a real punch. They’re a lot about healing, which is something traumatized me often needs. I would be very excited to read the whole collection.

8. Wild Embers | Nikita Gill — Nikita Gill also posts really good stuff on the Twitters and and sometimes poetry excerpts, and they’re all super feminist and badass. She seems like a cool person so I hope her poetry is equally cool.


9. To Make Monsters Out of Girls | Amanda Lovelace — I will read everything this woman writes, and I am very excited for this to come out.

10. Honeybee | Trista Mateer — I read this one recently and really liked it. I liked her prose a lot. Mateer is a bi author who writes about a relationship with a woman that ended up with the woman marrying a man because she felt like she had to. The poetry about her bisexuality were really powerful to me, and this is one I would like to own and read again.

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  1. Great choices! I’ve actually read a lot of modern poetry, but not many of the ones you’ve listed. I mean I’ve heard of them, but never got the chance to pick them up.
    I’m actually not the biggest fan of Milk and Honey, but I surprisedly really enjoyed The Sun and Her Flowers.
    I totally love Lang Leav’s collections and enjoy R.H. Sins. So if you haven’t checked that out, I highly recommend that you do! ☺️

    1. I think it depends on the poet. A lot of older poets probably are, but I have found that most contemporary poets cost about as much as a regular book, if it’s not a special edition or something.

      I’d be curious to know who’s on your poetry tbr list!

  2. I haven’t read much poetry since high school. I did make my kids memorize a Robert Frost poem though. And I have a poetry post planned on my blog for October 2019, LOL (it’s an anniversary commemoration).

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