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Literature: Poetry

This guide features books on understanding poetry and writing poetry, as well as award-winning poetry collections and selected anthologies. Use the arrows to scroll through the titles in each box. 

Understanding Poetry

Writing Poetry

Award-Winning Collections

Obit, by Victoria Chang

2021 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry

The Tradition, by Jericho Brown

2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

Sight Lines, by Arthur Sze

2019 National Book Award for Poetry

Night Angler, by Geffrey Davis

2018 James Laughlin Award

In the Language of My Captor, by Shane McRae

2017 National Book Award for Poetry

Night Sky with Exit Wounds, by Ocean Vuong

2017 T. S. Eliot Prize & 2016 Whiting Award

The Zoo at Night, by Susan Gubernat

2016 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry

The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010

2013 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry


Poetry Series to Explore

Poetry Podcasts

Poetry on Instagram


Academy of American Poets (@poetsorg) • Instagram photos and videos


Poetry Foundation (@poetryfoundation) • Instagram photos and videos