Poetry Book Recommendations

This book list contains my personal recommendations for teens (organized alphabetically by author’s first name)! For a full list of recommendations across genre, visit my Goodreads page!


The Carrying by Ada Limón

Transit by Cameron Awkward-Rich

from unincorporated territory [lukao] by Craig Santos Perez

[insert] boy by Danez Smith

Black Movie by Danez Smith

Homie by Danez Smith

Lovely Asunder by Danielle Cadena Deulen

The Bones, the Breaking, the Balm by Dominique Christina

Facts About the Moon by Dorianne Laux

Tap Out by Edgar Kunz

Slow Lightning by Eduardo C. Corral

Ordinary Misfortunes by Emily Jungmin Yoon

Blood, Sparrows and Sparrows by Eugenia Leigh

Bright Stain by Francesca Bell

Floating, Brilliant, Gone by Franny Choi

Rocket Fantastic by Gabrielle Calvocoressi

al youm by George Abraham

The Specimen’s Apology by George Abraham

If They Come for Us by Fatimah Asghar

A Fortune for Your Disaster by Hanif Abdurraqib

Not Here by Hieu Minh Nguyen

When the Ghosts Come Ashore by Jacqui Germain

Hum by Jamaal May

The Big Book of Exit Strategies by Jamaal May

The New Testament by Jericho Brown

The Tradition by Jericho Brown

Citizen Illegal by José Olivarez

An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo

Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings by Joy Harjo

Portrait of the Alcoholic by Kaveh Akbar

Crumb-Sized by Marlena Chertock

Favorite Daughter by Nancy Huang

When my Brother was an Aztec by Natalie Diaz

Thrall by Natasha Trethewey

Our Numbered Days by Neil Hilborn

Head Off & Split by Nikky Finney

Rice by Nikky Finney

Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong

New American Best Friend by Olivia Gatwood

War of the Foxes by Richard Siken

Unpeopled Eden by Rigoberto González

Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay

Prelude to Bruise by Saeed Jones

When the Only Light is Fire by Saeed Jones

Madness by sam sax

Bury It by sam sax

We Slept Here by Sierra DeMulder

Bodega by Su Hwang

Registers of Illuminated Villages by Tarfia Faizullah

Barbie Chang by Victoria Chang

Mad Farmer Poems by Wendell Berry

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