This article showcases our top picks for the Best Feminist Poetry Books To Read. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).
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This product was recommended by Katerina Canyon from Poetickat
This book of poetry by Katerina Canyon includes artwork by her daughter Aja Canyon. The art is considered a conversation with the poetry, an interchange between mother and daughter. This book is available on Amazon.
This product was recommended by Meg Marrs from Safer Senior Care
Writing in the early decades of the 20th century, her language and subject matter are brutal and shocking, ranging from prostitution to female bondage to suicide. Way ahead of her time, the poems on the condition of women in society make for uneasy but thought-provoking reading.
This product was recommended by Tori Ford from Medical Herstory
Andrea Gibson explores the personal dimensions of gender and sexuality and the complex yet beautiful ways in which they intertwine with all the little parts of life. The book is sure to resonate with anyone; Gibson writes on queer struggle, mental health, family, love and loss. They bare their own most personal and intimate feelings and emotions to resonate with the reader, reminding all who enjoy Lord of the Butterflies of universal human experiences that manifest differently within our lives to create our own unique stories. As an outspoken youth activist, Gibson’s words resonate with me to fight for what I believe in unapologetically.
This product was recommended by Claire Gross from Workman Publishing Co
I am so excited to present, You Don’t Have to Be Everything: Poems for Girls Becoming Themselves, by Diana Whitney that recently received a glowing review from leading trade magazine Kirkus Review hailing that this “collection feels like a gift, a pep talk, a shoulder to cry on, and, most of all, a mirror that will captivate its audience. A helpful companion for young women navigating a spectrum of complex emotions.” Just in time for National Poetry Month (April 2021) You Don’t Have to Be Everything is a thoughtfully compiled poetry anthology accompanied by striking works of art. A truly unique and representative collection, the anthology is filled with diverse poets grappling with questions of gender, sexuality, harassment, and pain while also celebrating beauty, risk, and making mistakes. Collected with girls in mind, these 68 poems ring with diversity, self-discovery and self-acceptance including a range of voices from award winner Elizabeth Acevedo to Instagram heroes Kate Baer and Nikita Gill to giants of the genres Maya Angelou and Mary Oliver to National Youth Poet Laureate and youngest Inaugural poet, Amanda Gorman and many more. Grouped by emotional experiences, such as loneliness, longing, attitude, rage, belonging these poems give readers permission to let go of shame and perfectionism, urging them to accept their own contradictions and embrace the complexity and fullness of who they are—and who they are becoming The poets in this collection write about the wonder and pain of being human right now. Unlike many of the male elders taught in text books, these poets speak directly to readers, using images that electrify, affirming that they are strong and complicated and worthy of love, and that they don’t need to apologize for being true to who they are.
This product was recommended by Bryn Donovan from BrynDonovan
Sanchez was a founder of the Black Arts movement, and her work is both revolutionary and accessible. She often puts her own spin on traditional Japanese forms—as when she writes blues haiku. Her work includes celebrations of strong women, women’s rights, self-love, body acceptance, Black liberation, and reclaiming personal power. I find her work inspiring on a creative and on a spiritual level.