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The Best Poetry Books to Read in the New Year

We’ve taken a look at some forthcoming poetry volumes in 2021. The state of the world has inspired many of these poets to write about how politics runs their lives, although none of them have lost the appreciation of beauty, the quest for self-knowledge, and the desire to show other lands to readers. Here are some volumes we are looking forward to, and some that have recently been published.

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    Black Girl, Call Home Book Cover Picture

    Black Girl, Call Home

    by Jasmine Mans

    From spoken word poet Jasmine Mans comes an unforgettable poetry collection about race, feminism, and queer identity.
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    Black Girl, Call Home Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $15.00

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    God I Feel Modern Tonight Book Cover Picture
    God I Feel Modern Tonight Book Cover Picture

    God I Feel Modern Tonight

    by Catherine Cohen

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    God I Feel Modern Tonight Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $18.00

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    I Had a Brother Once Book Cover Picture
    I Had a Brother Once Book Cover Picture

    I Had a Brother Once

    by Adam Mansbach

    A brilliant, genre-defying work—both memoir and epic poem—about the struggle for wisdom, grace, and ritual in the face of unspeakable loss.
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    I Had a Brother Once Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.00

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    The Hill We Climb Book Cover Picture

    The Hill We Climb

    by Amanda Gorman

    On January 20, 2021, Amanda Gorman became the sixth and youngest poet to deliver a poetry reading at a presidential inauguration. Taking the stage after the 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden, Gorman captivated the nation and brought hope to viewers around the globe.
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    The Hill We Climb Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $15.99

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    Stereo(TYPE)

    by Jonah Mixon-Webster

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    Stereo(TYPE) Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $18.00

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    Cry Back My Sea Book Cover Picture

    Cry Back My Sea

    by Sarah Arvio

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    Cry Back My Sea Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    Chlorine Sky Book Cover Picture

    Chlorine Sky

    by Mahogany L. Browne

    A novel-in-verse about a young girl coming-of-age and stepping out of the shadow of her former best friend.
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    Chlorine Sky Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $17.99

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    Angel & Hannah

    by Ishle Yi Park

    This sweeping, unforgettable reimagining of Romeo and Juliet tells the story of an interracial couple in 1990s New York City who are determined to protect their love against all odds.
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    Angel & Hannah Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $18.00

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    Beethoven Variations Book Cover Picture

    Beethoven Variations

    by Ruth Padel

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    Beethoven Variations Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    Home Is Not a Country

    by Safia Elhillo

    A mesmerizing novel in verse about family, identity, and finding yourself in the most unexpected place.
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    Home Is Not a Country Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $17.99

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    Mister Toebones Book Cover Picture
    Mister Toebones Book Cover Picture

    Mister Toebones

    by Brooks Haxton

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    Mister Toebones Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    Stones

    by Kevin Young

    Stones becomes an ode to Kevin Young’s home places and his dear departed, and to what of them–of us–poetry can save.
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    The Life

    by Carrie Fountain

    An acclaimed poet deepens her exploration of the domestic in a new collection of playful, wise, and humorous poems.
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    The Life Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $18.00

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    Machete

    by Tomás Q. Morín

    This fresh voice in American poetry wields lyric pleasure and well-honed insight against a cruel century that would kill us with a thousand cuts.
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    Illumination

    by Tyler Knott Gregson

    An inspiring and beautiful collection of poems to give you strength, arm you for hardship, and remind you that you’re always growing, from the bestselling author of Chasers of the Light.
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    Illumination Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $18.00

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