Poetry has always been a huge part of my life. Whether it was hearing it as my parents read it to me as a small child or writing it years later, it holds the utmost significance in my heart. I could never truly pick my favorite book of poetry or even my favorite poem. However, these are the books that will truly shape the kind of poet, or reader you want to be.


1. American Primitive by Mary Oliver


2. Eating in the Underworld by Rachel Zucker



3. Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire



4. Transformations by Anne Saxton



5. The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes


7. The Flowers of Evil (Les Fleurs du mal) by Charles Baudelaire



8. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur



9. The Wild Iris by Louise Glück