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The Best Poetry Collection of 2023: Get The List!

From powerful love stories to humorous musings, get ready for an emotional rollercoaster ride!

Last Updated on April 11, 2024 by BiblioLifestyle

The Best 2023 Poetry Books

For anyone who loves poetry, 2023 is shaping up to be an amazing year with some thrilling new poetry books to enjoy.  From the incredible imaginations of best-selling authors to exciting debut works, there are so many wonderful books out there waiting for you!  Whether it’s deep and powerful love stories or humorous musings on life’s experiences, these poetic pieces will surely capture your heart and spark your imagination.  In this article, we’re sharing some of the best 2023 poetry books that promise to take readers on an emotional rollercoaster ride from joyous highs to heartbreaking lows. So sit back, relax, and get ready for a journey of discovery as we explore the finest collections of poetry in 2023.

The Best Poetry Books of 2023

  1. Was It for This by Hannah Sullivan
  2. Quiet by Victoria Adukwei Bulley
  3. Promises of Gold by José Olivarez, Translated by David Ruano
  4. Couplets by Maggie Millner
  5. Tanya by Brenda Shaughnessy
  6. Side Notes from the Archivist by Anastacia-Renee
  7. No Sweet Without Brine by Cynthia Manick
  8. Fever of Unknown Origin by Campbell McGrath
  9. Bread and Circus by Airea D. Matthews
  10. Console by Colin Channer
  11. Plantains and Our Becoming by Melania Luisa Marte
  12. Pig by Sam Sax
  13. School of Instructions by Ishion Hutchinson
Was It for This by Hannah Sullivan

Was It for This by Hannah Sullivan

A hybrid new collection from the author of Three Poems (winner of the T. S. Eliot Prize and the John Pollard Prize)—about London, new motherhood, the Grenfell Tower fire, and how we live now.

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Quiet by Victoria Adukwei Bulley

Quiet by Victoria Adukwei Bulley

A black British poet making her thrilling American debut explores the importance of “quiet” in producing forms of community, resistance, and love.

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Promises of Gold by José Olivarez, translated by David Ruano

Promises of Gold by José Olivarez, translated by David Ruano

A groundbreaking collection of poems addressing how every kind of love—self, brotherly, romantic, familial, cultural—is birthed, shaped, and complicated by the invisible forces of gender, capitalism, religion, and so on. But even though the path to love is not easy, it is a path worth treading.

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Couplets by Maggie Millner

Couplets by Maggie Millner

A dazzling love story in poems about one woman’s coming-out, coming-of-age, and coming undone.

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Tanya by Brenda Shaughnessy

Tanya by Brenda Shaughnessy

The award-winning poet weaves a tapestry of literary heritage and intimate reflection as she pays tribute to women artists and mentors, and circles the ongoing mysteries of friendship, love, art, and loss.

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Side Notes from the Archivist by Anastacia-Renee

Side Notes from the Archivist by Anastacia-Renee

The award-winning, genre-crossing writer demonstrates her power as a funkadelic and formidable feminist voice in this rich and beautiful collection of verse and image—a multi-part retrospective that traverses time, space, and reality to illuminate the expansiveness of Black femme lives.

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No Sweet Without Brine by Cynthia Manick

No Sweet Without Brine by Cynthia Manick

Cynthia Manick’s poetry collection personifies love of self and culture through fresh observations and bitter truths voiced with breathtaking lyricism.

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Fever of Unknown Origin by Campbell McGrath

Fever of Unknown Origin by Campbell McGrath

A collection of profound and piercing poems from a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize about navigating the modern world in search of beauty that will endure.

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Bread and Circus by Airea D. Matthews

Bread and Circus by Airea D. Matthews

A powerful collection of autobiographical poems from Yale Young Poets Award Winner and Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate Airea D. Matthews about the economics of class and its failures for those rendered invisible by it.

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Console by Colin Channer

Console by Colin Channer

The second collection by “one of the most significant literary figures in the Caribbean” (The Globe and Mail).

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Plantains and Our Becoming by Melania Luisa Marte

Plantains and Our Becoming by Melania Luisa Marte

A powerful poetry collection in the vein of BLACK GIRL CALL HOME and IF THEY COME FOR US, about identity, culture, home and belonging.

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Related: Listen to Melania talk on the podcast about her collection Plantains and Our Becoming but also about poetry, and how to read it.

Pig by Sam Sax

Pig by Sam Sax

From the brilliantly talented National Poetry Series and James Laughlin Award winner comes a third collection of poems that uses the humble pig as a lens to explore the body, faith, desire, and power.

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School of Instructions by Ishion Hutchinson

School of Instructions by Ishion Hutchinson

A stunning memorial work that excavates the forgotten experience of West Indian soldiers during World War I.

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What do you think about this list of best poetry books?

Have you read any books from this list?  What are your favorite poetry collections?  What are some of your favorite 2023 poetry books?  What books would you add to the list?  Let’s talk all about it in the comments.

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