Many of you may know that I am not only a lover of reading poetry but I also like to dabble in writing it too. I get a lot of inspiration and motivation for my writing from other poets. Today I thought I’d take the opportunity to recommend some of my favourite poetry books so far and some writers I think you should have a look at if poetry is your jam.
I have also added a little bit of information on how I find other poets and some people I recommend you follow on the social medias.
A Brilliant Madness by R.M.Drake
I had been itching to read one of R.M. Drakes books for a while but they are usually a bit too pricey for me so I kept putting it off. For my birthday I got a couple of vouchers so with one I picked up A Brilliant Madness and I immediately knew it was going to be one of my favourites. I have read four of his books now and this one is still my favourite.
The Dogs I’ve Kissed by Trista Mateer
I went into this never having read anything by Trista before and I have to admit I did buy this solely because of the mention of dogs in the title. I was so pleasantly surprised when I read this at how good it was and how often the writing felt like it was talking to me specifically. I also like that Trista repeats the usage of certain words and themes, it makes her work a bit more unique and individual to her.
Of Yesterday by Lauren Eden
I had been eyeing this book on Instagram for a while before I finally bought it and it was an investment I was glad to have finally made. Laurens poems don’t tend to be very long but they honestly don’t need to be, I get more from her writing than I do from a lot of more long-winded poems. This book encapsulates how love and heartbreak has felt for me and it was definitely a book I needed to read.
Dirty Pretty Things by Michael Faust
This book is probably the most risqué of the ones mentioned today mentioning sex fairly frequently, I mean it is called Dirty Pretty Things after all. This one of the first poetry books I read actually and it has stuck with me for a while, when I read it I was in love and I think that helped deepen my love for this particular book. Michael also has a tendency to be a bit of a story-teller with his writing which can be seen a lot more in his second book Bitter Sweet Love. I think this book has an odd mix of being both raw and polished at the same time.
The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace
This book has been making its round through the blog and Twitterverse and for good reasoning because it’s really bloody good. This book is for the girls that have doubted themselves, been put down by the world but the girls that claw their way back up from the ashes. Powerful and poignant.
Discovering Poetry and New Poets
I’ve liked writing poetry for a long time when I was a teenager I used to write as a way to help me cope and deal with my feelings and last year I started writing again for similar reasons. For me, poetry is a way of expressing how I feel and saying what I truly want to be said.
In other people’s poetry, I look for words I can relate to and words that I draw deep emotion and connection from. Some of the ways I discover new poetry is by searching the poetry tag on Instagram, you can find a lot of poets and pieces showcased on there and it is a good way for you to trial poets writing before you purchase a book.
Some people I recommend you follow are @arieastman she has the best Instagram stories and she seems so cool, she loves animals and wine almost as much as me.
@rmdrk another rec for R.M Drake, he posts so much of his work on Insta.
I have already recommended reading Trista Mateer and Amanda Lovelace’s books but I also highly you suggest you check them both out on twitter here and here. I feel like these are strong women that have a lot to say and I want to hear them.
My Brother is actually a pretty good writer as well and he inspires me all the time and I want others to read and enjoy his words as much as I do. You can check out his work here.
Another poet I have discovered through blogging is Gretchen Gomez, I haven’t read her book yet though it is on my tbr. I’ve read some of the pieces she has posted online and I like what I have read so check her out here.
That is about all I have for now in terms of recommendations and resources regarding poetry. I want to do more poetry-related posts and recommendations in the future so stay tuned and in the meantime, I hope this has helped you pick out some poetry to read and given you ideas on who is out there.
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