Celebrating National Poetry Month

By Coll Rowe | March 8 2023 | Literature

April is National Poetry Month and Penguin Random House Education is celebrating poets and the poems they craft. This list includes works of poetry from American and World poets that depict history, reflect personal experience, discuss topics of race and culture, feminism, LGBTQIA+ lives, immigration, family, and more, and ranges from Shakespeare to the 20th Century to the present.


Walking Gentry Home
A Memoir of My Foremothers in Verse
978-0-593-49800-2
An acclaimed young poet traces the lives of her foremothers in Western Tennessee, from those enslaved centuries ago to her grandmother, her mother, and finally her own life, in this stunning debut celebrating Black girlhood and womanhood.
$18.00 US
Aug 02, 2022
Paperback
240 Pages
Hogarth

The Heart of American Poetry
978-1-59853-726-0
An acclaimed poet and our greatest champion for poetry offers an inspiring and insightful new reading of the American tradition
$26.00 US
Apr 19, 2022
Hardcover
480 Pages
Library of America

The Study of Human Life
978-0-14-313682-8
A third collection that reveals an acclaimed poet further extending his range into the realm of speculative fiction, while addressing issues as varied as abolition, Black ecological consciousness, and the boundless promise of parenthood
$20.00 US
Sep 20, 2022
Paperback
144 Pages
Penguin Books

Woman Without Shame
Poems
978-0-593-53482-3
It has been twenty-eight years since Sandra Cisneros published a book of poetry. With dozens of never-before-seen poems, Woman Without Shame is a moving collection of songs, elegies, and declarations that chronicle her pilgrimage toward rebirth and the recognition of her prerogative as a woman artist. These bluntly honest and often humorous meditations on memory, desire, and the essential nature of love blaze a path toward self-awareness. For Cisneros, Woman Without Shame is the culmination of her search for home—in the Mexico of her ancestors and in her own heart.
$27.00 US
Sep 13, 2022
Hardcover
176 Pages
Knopf

Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head
Poems
978-0-593-13435-1
Poems of migration, womanhood, trauma, and resilience from the celebrated collaborator on Beyoncé's Lemonade and Black Is King, award-winning Somali British poet Warsan Shire.
$17.00 US
Mar 01, 2022
Paperback
96 Pages
Random House Trade Paperbacks

Time Is a Mother
978-0-593-30023-7
The highly anticipated collection of poems from the award-winning writer Ocean Vuong
$24.00 US
Apr 05, 2022
Hardcover
128 Pages
Penguin Press

How to Love a Country
Poems
978-0-8070-4307-3
From the renowned inaugural poet, a collection exploring immigration, gun violence, racism, LGBTQ issues, and more, in accessible and emotive verses.
$15.00 US
Mar 24, 2020
Paperback
112 Pages
Beacon Press

No Land in Sight
Poems
978-0-593-53493-9
From one of America’s most beloved poets, a piercing new collection reflecting on the characters and encounters that haunt us through this life and into the next
$28.00 US
Aug 09, 2022
Hardcover
96 Pages
Knopf

Girls That Never Die
Poems
978-0-593-22948-4
Intimate poems that explore feminine shame and violence and imagine what liberation from these threats might look like, from the award-winning author of The January Children
$17.00 US
Jul 12, 2022
Paperback
144 Pages
One World

O
978-0-14-313689-7
“O is so full of music and passion for life . . . Zeina Hashem Beck’s poems unfold the abundance of our world.” —Ilya Kaminsky, author of Deaf Republic From a "brilliant, absolutely essential voice" whose "poems feel like whole worlds" (Naomi Shihab Nye), a poetry collection considering the body physical, the body politic, and the body sacred
$20.00 US
Jul 05, 2022
Paperback
112 Pages
Penguin Books


Balladz
978-1-5247-1161-0
Songs from our era of communal grief and reckoning—by the Pulitzer Prize and T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry winner, called “a poet for these times, a powerful woman who won’t back down” (San Francisco Chronicle).
$20.00 US
Oct 04, 2022
Paperback
192 Pages
Knopf

Flickering
978-0-14-313766-5
A new collection from a poet whose “celebrations of science and approachable yet profound spiritual connection to the Earth delight, entertain, and elevate” (The Poetry Foundation)
$20.00 US
Apr 04, 2023
Paperback
112 Pages
Penguin Books

African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song (LOA #333)
A Library of America Anthology
978-1-59853-666-9
A literary landmark: the biggest, most ambitious anthology of black poetry ever published, gathering 250 poets from the colonial period to the present
$45.00 US
Oct 20, 2020
Hardcover
1170 Pages
Library of America

Poukahangatus
Poems
978-0-593-53460-1
Poūkahangatus is the American debut of an acclaimed young poet as she explores her identity as a twenty-first-century Indigenous woman. Poem by poem, Tibble carves out a bold new way of engaging history, of straddling modernity and ancestry, desire and exploitation.
$27.00 US
Jul 26, 2022
Hardcover
96 Pages
Knopf

The Aeneid
978-1-9848-5412-4
A fresh and faithful translation of Vergil’s Aeneid restores the epic’s spare language and fast pace and sheds new light on one of the cornerstone narratives of Western culture.
$18.00 US
Sep 14, 2021
Paperback
464 Pages
Modern Library

Door
978-0-14-313737-5
Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2023 by LitHub A new collection of vivid, personal and provocative work from the author of Or to Begin Again, a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award in poetry
$20.00 US
Mar 07, 2023
Paperback
112 Pages
Penguin Books

Tanya
Poems
978-0-593-53593-6
The award-winning poet weaves a tapestry of literary heritage and intimate reflection as she pays tribute to women artists and mentors, and circles the ongoing mysteries of friendship, love, art, and loss.
$28.00 US
Mar 07, 2023
Hardcover
112 Pages
Knopf

The Sonnets and Other Poems
978-0-8129-6920-7
Ideal for students and general readers alike, this modern and accessible edition sets a new standard in Shakespearean literature for the twenty-first century.
$10.00 US
Apr 14, 2009
Paperback
400 Pages
Modern Library

The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry
978-0-14-312148-0
Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize winner and former Poet Laureate of the United States, introduces readers to the most significant and compelling poems of the past hundred years in The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry.
$30.00 US
Sep 24, 2013
Paperback
656 Pages
Penguin Books

Spoken Word
A Cultural History
978-0-525-65701-9
Here is a fascinating history of the art form that has transformed the cultural landscape, by one of its influential practitioners, an award-winning poet, professor, and slam champion.
$30.00 US
Mar 28, 2023
Hardcover
304 Pages
Knopf

Nothing Stays Put
The Life and Poetry of Amy Clampitt
978-0-525-65826-9
Here is an evocative portrait of the beloved and acclaimed poet, whose late-in-life success took the literary world by storm.
$38.00 US
Feb 28, 2023
Hardcover
432 Pages
Knopf

Rhyme's Rooms
The Architecture of Poetry
978-0-525-65505-3
From the widely acclaimed poet, novelist, critic, and scholar, a lucid and edifying exploration of the building blocks of poetry and how they've been used over the centuries to assemble the most imperishable poems.
$30.00 US
Feb 22, 2022
Hardcover
368 Pages
Knopf