The Best Poetry Books of All Time

The Best Poetry Books of All Time

Best Poetry Books Are you looking for the Best Poetry Books To read of 2021? Have you ever wanted to approach poetry without knowing where to start? Here at Compsmag, we fully understand because there are so many choices. Imagine if someone could scan your soul, extract the words and write them on paper for you.

Poetry is not only a thing of the Shakespearian past, but rather one of the most profound ways of expressing the human spirit in the face of war, despair, discovery, enlightenment, and love. Whatever you call the moment we are, the poetry feels newly invigorated by a powerful diversity of voices, rendered with an extreme stylistic range on the page. 

So, check out our list of Best Poetry Books below and let us know what do you think about our list in the comment section below. 🙂

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Best Poetry Books
Book NameBook RankBook Rating
Where the Sidewalk Ends1st9.5 out of 10
Love Her Wild2nd9.4 out of 10
Wade in the Water3rd9.3 out of 10
Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling4th9.3 out of 10
The Opposite of Innocent5th9.2 out of 10
Milk and Honey6th9.2 out of 10
The Prophet7th9.1 out of 10
The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas8th9.1 out of 10
Love Letters of Great Men9th9.0 out of 10
Pillow Thoughts10th8.9 out of 10

Best Poetry Books – List

Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings

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Love Her Wild: Poems

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The first collection of poetry by the New York Times bestselling author of The Dark Between Stars.
Love Her Wild is a collection of new and beloved poems from Atticus, the young writer who has captured the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of avid followers on his Instagram account @atticuspoetry, including superstars like Karlie Kloss and Shay Mitchell. He was dubbed the “#1 poet to follow” by Teen Vogue and “the world’s most tattoo-able” poet by Galore magazine, in Love Her Wild, Atticus captures what is both raw and relatable about the smallest and the grandest moments in life: the first glimpse of a new love in Paris; skinny dipping on a summer’s night; theirrepressible exuberance of the female spirit; or drinking whiskey in the desert watching the rising sun. With honesty, poignancy, and romantic flair, Atticus distills the most exhilarating highs and the heartbreaking lows of life and love into a few perfectly evocative lines, ensuring that his words will become...

Wade in the Water: Poems

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Shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize
Finalist for the Forward Prize for Best Collection

The extraordinary new poetry collection by Tracy K. Smith, the Poet Laureate of the United States

Even the men in black armor, the ones
Jangling handcuffs and keys, what else

Are they so buffered against, if not love’s blade
Sizing up the heart’s familiar meat?

We watch and grieve. We sleep, stir, eat.
Love: the heart sliced open, gutted, clean.

Love: naked almost in the everlasting street,
Skirt lifted by a different kind of breeze.

―from “Unrest in Baton Rouge”

In Wade in the Water, Tracy K. Smith boldly ties America’s contemporary moment both to our nation’s fraught founding history and to a sense of the spirit, the everlasting. These are poems of sliding scale: some capture a flicker of song or memory; some collage an array of documents and voices; and some push past the known world into the haunted, the holy. Smith’s signature voice―inquisitive, lyrical, and wry―turns over what it means to be a...

Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling

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This novel-in-verse—at once literary and emotionally gripping—follows the unfolding friendship between two very different teenage girls who share a hospital room and an illness.
Chess, the narrator, is sick, but with what exactly, she isn’t sure. And to make matters worse, she must share a hospital room with Shannon, her polar opposite. Where Chess is polite, Shannon is rude. Where Chess tolerates pain silently, Shannon screams bloody murder. Where Chess seems to be getting slowly better, Shannon seems to be getting worse. How these teenagers become friends, helping each other come to terms with their illness, makes for a dramatic and deeply moving read.
"An emotional and innovative novel.... There is so much pathos and humor in these two hospital beds." —E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars
"A story told with the utmost economy of language—intense, compelling, and satisfying." —Susan Patron, author of the Newbery Medal winner The Higher Power of Lucky
"Riveting, humanizing and real."...

The Opposite of Innocent

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Poignant and chilling by turns, The Opposite of Innocent is award-winning author Sonya Sones’s most gripping novel in verse yet. It’s the story of a girl named Lily, who’s been crushing on a man named Luke, a friend of her parents, ever since she can remember.

Luke has been away for two endless years, but he’s finally returning today. Lily was only twelve when he left. But now, at fourteen, she feels transformed. She can’t wait to see how Luke will react when he sees the new her. And when her mother tells her that Luke will be staying with them for a while, in the bedroom right next to hers, her heart nearly stops.

Having Luke back is better than Lily could have ever dreamed. His lingering looks set Lily on fire. Is she just imagining them? But then, when they’re alone, he kisses her. Then he kisses her again. Lily’s friends think anyone his age who wants to be with a fourteen-year-old must be really messed up. Maybe even dangerous. But Luke would never do anything to hurt...

Milk and Honey

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The Prophet (A Borzoi Book)

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The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas: The Original Edition

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Love Letters of Great Men

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Searching for the book of love letters from the Sex in the City movie? This beautiful hard-cover book contains those letters as well as some of the most passionate and romantic poems and love letters ever written.Explore the private longings and passions of the greatest men in history and the women they loved. Find yourself in the middle of torrid love affairs, undying devotion, and scandalous betrayal as you uncover long-lost correspondences between lovers.From great Kings to War Heroes to Philosophers, spanning a period of five centuries, this collection illustrates that the human desires of sex and love were as powerful then as they are now.

Pillow Thoughts

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Make a cup of tea and let yourself feel.
Pillow Thoughts is a collection of poetry and prose about heartbreak, love, and raw emotions. It is divided into sections to read when you feel you need them most.

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