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December 2, 2020

Favorite Poetry Collections of 2020

Largehearted Boy's Favorite Poetry Collections of 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").


All Heathens by Marianne Chan

All Heathens by Marianne Chan

Marianne Chan's brilliant debut collection All Heathens masterfully develops themes of identity and the long-term effects of colonization.


Finna by Nate Marshall

Finna by Nate Marshall

Nate Marshall's poetry collection Finna is timely, powerful, and unforgettable.


Here is the Sweet Hand by francine j. harris

Here is the Sweet Hand by francine j. harris

francine j. harris's stunning Here is the Sweet Hand is one of the year's boldest and best poetry collections.


Homie by Danez Smith

Homie by Danez Smith

Danez Smith's poetry collection Homie is an innovative exploration of the power of friendship.


Negotiations by Destiny O. Birdsong

Negotiations by Destiny O. Birdsong

Destiny O. Birdsong's poetry collection Negotiations is exclamatory yet also surprisingly intimate.


Seeing the Body by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Seeing the Body by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

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.


also at Largehearted Boy:

list of online "best of 2020" book lists
list of essential and interesting 2020 year-end music lists

Largehearted Boy favorite poetry collections of 2018
Largehearted Boy favorite poetry collections of 2017


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