Books for National Poetry Month

By Colleen Rowe | April 7 2021 | Literature

April is National Poetry Month, reminding us of poetry’s important role in our culture and in our classrooms. We are celebrating by appreciating a few titles that highlight the lives and work of inspiring poets.

 

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 Aeneid

This fresh and faithful translation of Vergil’s Aeneid restores the spare prose and driving rhythm of the original, allowing us to see one of the cornerstone narratives of Western culture with new eyes.

 

The Collected Poems of Chika Sagawa

Here is a sharp, surreal collection of poems about human fragility and the beauty of nature from Japan’s first female Modernist poet.

 

Finna

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

 

Whale Day

Whale Day brings together more than fifty poems and showcases Billy Collins’ mixing of the playful and the serious.

 

The Complete Poetry

Here is an updated collection of Maya Angelou’s works of poetry, including a never-before-published work titled, Amazement Awaits.

 

Find a full list of poetry titles here.

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 Aeneid
978-1-9848-5410-0
This fresh and faithful translation of Vergil's Aeneid restores the spare prose and driving rhythm of the original, allowing us to see one of the cornerstone narratives of Western culture with new eyes.
$35.00 US
Feb 16, 2021
Hardcover
464 Pages
Random House

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

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

The Complete Poetry
978-0-8129-9787-3
As the world celebrates and reflects on the beautiful life of Maya Angelou, Random House presents an updated collection of her works of poetry, including a never-before-published work titled, Amazement Awaits.
$30.00 US
Mar 31, 2015
Hardcover
336 Pages
Random House