World Poetry Day

By Colleen Rowe | March 19 2021 | Literature

World Poetry Day is a day to “celebrate the expression of our common humanity.” On this day we are taking part in this celebration by recognizing books of poetry and poets who have provided universal teachings.

 

Red Comet

Red Comet is a biography of Sylvia Plath that focuses on her remarkable literary and intellectual achievements, while restoring the woman behind the long-held myths about her life and art.

 

The Collected Poems of Chika Sagawa

An important and daringly experimental voice in Tokyo’s avant-garde poetry scene, Chika Sagawa broke with the gender-bound traditions of Japanese poetry. Here is a collection of short, sharp, surreal poems about human fragility and the beauty of nature from Japan’s first female Modernist poet.

 

Together in a Sudden Strangeness

In this urgent outpouring of American voices, poets speak on their experiences as they shelter in place, addressing our collective fear, grief, and hope from eloquent and diverse individual perspectives.

 

Finna

Finna is a collection of sharp, lyrical poems celebrating the Black vernacular—its influence on pop culture, its necessity for familial survival, its rite in storytelling and in creating the safety found only within its intimacy.

 

Whale Day

Billy Collins’s new collection brings together more than fifty poems that leap with whimsy and imagination, yet stay grounded in the familiar, common things of everyday experience.

 

Browse a larger selection of poetry books on our higher education course listing.

Red Comet
The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath
978-0-307-96116-7
Red Comet is a biography of Sylvia Plath that focuses on her remarkable literary and intellectual achievements, while restoring the woman behind the long-held myths about her life and art.
$40.00 US
Oct 27, 2020
Hardcover
1152 Pages
Knopf

The Collected Poems of Chika Sagawa
978-0-593-23001-5
The PEN Award-winning collected works of Japan's first female Modernist poet and "one of the most prominent avant-garde poets in early twentieth-century Japan" (The New Yorker)
$16.00 US
Aug 11, 2020
Paperback
176 Pages
Modern Library

Together in a Sudden Strangeness
America's Poets Respond to the Pandemic
978-0-593-31872-0
In this urgent outpouring of American voices, our poets speak to us as they shelter in place, addressing our collective fear, grief, and hope from eloquent and diverse individual perspectives.
$27.00 US
Nov 17, 2020
Hardcover
208 Pages
Knopf

Finna
Poems
978-0-593-13245-6
Sharp, lyrical poems celebrating the Black vernacular--its influence on pop culture, its necessity for familial survival, its rite in storytelling and in creating the safety found only within its intimacy
$17.00 US
Aug 11, 2020
Paperback
128 Pages
One World

Whale Day
And Other Poems
978-0-399-58975-1
Billy Collins's thirteenth collection of poems gathers together over 50 new poems which showcase the deft mixing of the playful and the serious that has made him one of our country's most celebrated and widely read poets.
$26.00 US
Sep 29, 2020
Hardcover
144 Pages
Random House