December 2, 2020
In 2020, poetry kept me reading. Whenever I couldn't focus on long prose pieces, I turned to poetry to jumpstart my brain and inspire me with its acuity.
These are the poetry collections I have most recommended to friends, family, and anyone else who has crossed my path this year (my personal metric for "favorite").
Marianne Chan's brilliant debut collection All Heathens masterfully develops themes of identity and the long-term effects of colonization.
Nate Marshall's poetry collection Finna is timely, powerful, and unforgettable.
francine j. harris's stunning Here is the Sweet Hand is one of the year's boldest and best poetry collections.
Danez Smith's poetry collection Homie is an innovative exploration of the power of friendship.
Destiny O. Birdsong's poetry collection Negotiations is exclamatory yet also surprisingly intimate.
Rachel Eliza Griffiths' poetry collection Seeing the Body is a moving and inspiring elegy for her mother while also examining the transformative power of loss.
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