Collection Highlights: Poetry

Contemporary poetry has had a strong resurgence lately, largely due to the popularity of Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey and The Sun and Her Flowers (a year later it’s still hard to keep them on the shelves!).  Because of all the interest here at WPL, we’ve added a ton of new poetry books.  Here are just a few of the best ones – click on a cover image or a title to place a hold.


The Origin of Others by Toni Morrison

“America’s foremost novelist reflects on the themes that preoccupy her work and increasingly dominate national and world politics: race, fear, borders, the mass movement of peoples, the desire for belonging. What is race and why does it matter? What motivates the human tendency to construct Others? Why does the presence of Others make us so afraid?”




Depression and Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim
811.6 BENAIM

“Depression & Other Magic Tricks explores themes of mental health, love, and family. It is a documentation of struggle and triumph, a celebration of daily life and of living. Benaim’s wit, empathy, and gift for language produce a work of endless wonder.”





I Wore My Blackest Hair by Carlina Duan
811.6 DUAN

“With defiance and wild joy, Duan’s poems wrestle with and celebrate ancestry and history, racial consciousness, and the growing pains of girlhood. They explore difficult truths with grace and power. I Wore My Blackest Hair is an honest portrait of a woman in-between–identities, places, languages, and desires–and her quest to belong.”




Helium by Rudy Francisco

“Helium is the debut poetry collection by Internet phenom Rudy Francisco, whose work has defined poetry for a generation of new readers.  Helium is filled with work that is simultaneously personal and political, blending love poems, self-reflection, and biting cultural critique on class, race and gender into an unforgettable whole.”




Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell

“If you are dreaming of someone — If you are love — If you are heartbroken — If you are lonely — If you are sad — If you are missing someone — If you need encouragement — If you are soul-searching — If you need a reason to stay — These are for you.”





Thousand Star Hotel by Bao Phi
811.6 PHI

“Thousand Star Hotel confronts the silence around racism, police brutality, and the invisibility of the Asian American urban poor.”






Ordinary Beast by Nicole Sealey
811.6 SEALEY

“The existential magnitude, deep intellect, and playful subversion of St. Thomas-born, Florida-raised poet Nicole Sealey’s work is restless in its emphatic, succinct examination and lucid awareness of what it means to be human. Exploring notions of race, sexuality, gender, myth, history, and embodiment with profound understanding, Sealey’s is a poetry that refuses to turn a blind eye or deny.”





Happy reading!
-Amanda, Adult Reference