My Poetry Book Picks of 2017 (in no particular order)
Sit.Stay. A. L. D. Chalom.
Not really much I can say about this book, apart from wow. Go get a copy, and read it.
Bangers. Erin Taylor.
Bangers made me feel all goosebumped.
Bangers is a part of the 2017 Ghost City Press Chapbook summer micro-chapbook Series. You can read Bangers for free.
White Wine and Medical Marijuana. Julia Cirignano.
Another book that I felt was a mature debut, and actually had some near perfect pieces of writing.
This is not a Spectacle. Extended Edition. Isabelle Kenyon.
I love the kind of poetry that notices other people. I loved the poems in This is not a Spectacle on Public Transport, because transport, and all of its travelers, are fascinating to me.
My Phone is about to Die and I hope it takes me with it. Joseph Parker Okay.
This was definitely one of those books that made me feel less alone with my problems after I read it. The poems in My Phone is about to Die are an accurate account of mental illness.
Screams and Lavender. Dior. J. Stephens.
The themes in this are pretty clear: rallying cries to the millennials, and a relationship. I thought the poems in Screams and Lavender were pretty near perfect too.
Another Micro-Chapbook from the Ghost City Press summer 2017 micro-chapbook series. You can read this for free.
I love creative people. I love people that can put together a book that is as visually beautiful as Seachange. Poetically and artfully beautiful.
Aaand Seachange is the third, and not last on this list, of the Micro-Chapbooks from The Ghost City Press Summer 2017 micro-chapbook series. You can read this for free. You can actually read them all for free, all seventy-five of them.
Bereft and the Same Sex Heart. Samuel E Cole. I read this book a squillon times in the summer. It’s a special book.
In Bereft & the Same Sex Heart, his first collection of poetry, Samuel E. Cole’s concerns range from growing up gay in a conservative Christian community to the difficulties of domesticating love, from the starkly political to the deeply intimate, and from formally innovative to searingly emotional poetics, often within the same page. Cole’s work is dizzying in the best sense of the word, exploring new love, old scars, rage, and acceptance in equal measure.
At its heart, Bereft & The Same-Sex Heart restores balance to imbalance, whether inherent, precarious, familial, societal, political, or religious. Equilibrium is redistributed. Tension rises and suspension falls. Private thoughts, secret desires, and risky missteps take love, loss, and disappointment on a redemption-seeking journey.
Summoning. Jeannie Shannon.
Another book I read quite a few times. This is one of those books that just gets better the more you read it.
When Cars Touch. Alexis Bates.
When Cars Touch is the final Micro-Chapbook from The Ghost City Press summer 2017 Micro-Chapbook series on this list. The metaphors had me shook.
Revealing Layers. Tye Jiles.
This is a mature debut by Tye Jiles, and the poetry is on being a woman, a mother, and a wife. I loved the poetry in this book.
You can find Tye on Instagram and buy Revealing Layers on Amazon
The Human Condition is a Terminal Illness. Matthew J. Hall.
This one was actually similar to This is not a Spectacle. With poetry on our society, and the people that make up our society. This is one of those books I would enthusiastically thrust at anyone if they wanted a book recommendation.
Hazel. Breana Mae Estrada.
I read Hazel early on in 2017, and Breana writes eloquently on subjects, such as heartbreak, and self-love.
Eyes like Lighthouses when the Boats Come Home. Dane Cobain.
Dane’s spoken word style means these poems do bounce off the page, and I – am going to use this word again, loved this book. I loved it even more reading the book a forth time. It grew on me.
Free Boat. John Reed.
Free Boat. What an extraordinary book. It appealed to my zaniness, and I, yep, loved it. I adore this book.
I love, love, LOVE all of these books. I loved reading them, I loved rereading them, I loved reading then aloud, I loved the inspiration they gave me, I loved the feels they gave me, I loved feeling a little less alone with my problems after reading them, I loved the metaphors, I loved the imagery, I loved EVERYTHING, apart from that they ended eventually.
Now, of course, what I like, you may not. I am not giving any refunds here! BUT I do believe if you want to start somewhere with poetry you won’t go astray with this bunch.