Top 5 Wednesday: Poetry Collections

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly blog series hosted on Goodreads by Sam @ ThoughtsOnTomes. The series is currently on hiatus so no new prompts are being produced, but it’s a perfect opportunity to work through some old prompts I missed!

This week I’m sharing my favourite poetry collections, and you can click through to see their full reviews where available.

e e cummings poetry collections

Selected Poems by e e cummings

Sections of this were required reading during my time at university, and as a result I’ve never actually read it in full, despite it’s short length. I plan on rectifying that soon, but it already features some of my all-time favourite poems.

nothing is okay poetry collections

Nothing is Okay by Rachel Wiley

This is a recent addition to my favourites, and probably the only poetry collection that’s actually made me laugh out loud. It somehow manages to be hard-hitting and humorous. A real treat.

feminine gospels poetry collections

Feminine Gospels by Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy is one of my favourite poets, her work is so wonderful. I’ve read a few of her collections but I think Feminine Gospels is my favourite of hers. The World’s Wife is definitely up there too!

new american best friend poetry collections

New American Best Friend by Olivia Gatwood

A friend bought this for me as a birthday present and when I finally got around to reading it I was floored. I loved everything about it and I can’t wait to read Gatwood’s next collection, Life of the Party.

citizen poetry collections

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

This was another required read from my days at university. It’s such an eclectic mix of work, from prose poetry to visual artwork and everything in between. It’s incredibly powerful, and Rankine’s writing on Serena Williams always gets to me.

What are your favourite poetry collections?

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