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The Best Poetry Books To Read In 2019

These poetry books will inspire you to reach your maximum potential, heal from traumas of your past, and move on from the exes who have hurt you deeper than they had the right.
You do not have to consider yourself an outsider. You do not have to walk around, assuming no one else could possibly understand what you are going through. You do not have to keep your pain locked up inside.

Whatever you are going through, whether it is a breakup or insecurity issues or unresolved trauma, there is a poet out there who has written about the experience. Their words might help you recover. They might help you feel okay again. At the very least, they will be a reminder you are not alone.

If you are interested in starting a journey of self-discovery, then you should open a book of poetry. You should set aside reading time as a form of self-care. If you are ready, here are the best poetry books about love, loss, and personal growth.

The Best Poetry Books

1. The Strength In Our Scars, by Bianca Sparacino

This is an empowering poetry book for undercover goddesses who are struggling to get out of bed in the morning.The Strength In Our Scars is meant to remind you of your inner strength when you are feeling your weakest. It will guide you along your journey of healing from past pain, moving on from failed loves, and learning to love yourself. Hope is hidden inside these pages but it is up to you to crack them open. The book is perfect for overthinkers, fixers, and empaths.

You can buy The Strength In Our Scars here.

2. Milk and Honey, by Rupi Kaur

This book is for survivors who refuse to let their past determine their future. It details different types of pain you might experience in a lifetime. With raw emotion, Rupi Kaur takes you on a relatable journey of healing and hope. She will help you find sweetness in the most bitter moments.

You can buy Milk and Honey here.

3. Your Soul Is A River, by Nikita Gill

Your Soul Is A River will teach you how to cope with the trauma haunting you. It will help you understand the loss and sad experiences you have endured were part of a process. The words within these pages will spark your personal growth. They will help you grow closer to the cosmos and closer to yourself.

You can buy Your Soul Is A River here.

4. Severe(d), by Holly Riordan

This is a poetry book for horror fans, the heartbroken, and Halloween enthusiasts. Severe(d) is filled with haunting prose contained inside a morbid (glow in the dark!) cover. Perfect for Halloween, this book will help you release your demons and realize your darkness is not something you should hide. You are allowed to be angry. You are allowed to be hurt.

You can buy Severe(d) here.

5. The Princess Saves Herself In This One, by Amanda Lovelace

The Princess Saves Herself In This One touches upon everything a young girl experiences — love, loss, grief, failure, pain, and healing. These poems will help you reach redemption, teach you true empowerment, and inspire you to make changes in your life that will lead to the best possible version of your own story. This book is great for anyone who has trouble falling asleep because they cannot stop replaying the past, anyone who struggles with their own self-worth, anyone who desperately wants to heal but does not know how.

You can buy The Princess Saves Herself In This One here.

6. This Is For The Women Who Don’t Give A F**k, Janne Robinson

The book for little girls who were taught ‘ladylike manners’ when they should have been taught to raise middle fingers. This Is For The Women Who Don’t Give A F**k does not hold back. It does not play by the rules constructed by a society. Jane speaks about sex. Nudity. Suicide. Abortion. She does not censor herself and inspires you to unhinge your lips as well, to scream until your lungs burn. This is for open minds, Loud mouths, Steel hearts.

You can buy This Is For The Woman here.

7. Salt Water, by Brianna Wiest

The book for girls who want to practice self-love and know bubble baths and PSLs are not good enough. Salt Water is your reminder everything is going to be okay. It will help you reach a place of acceptance where you can forgive yourself and give yourself permission to move forward. It will inspire your growth in every area of your universe. It will be your new favorite form of meditation, the book you pick up whenever you need a nudge in the right direction. This poetry book is for anyone who has cried in front of a mirror, who has wondered about their purpose, who has questioned their own self-worth.

You can buy Salt Water here.

8. Shame Is an Ocean I Swim Across, by Mary Lambert

The book for women who have deeper problems than waiting for a text back from a boy. Shame Is an Ocean I Swim Across speaks about sexual assault, mental illnesses, and body acceptance. It dives into deep topics that are avoided in casual conversation. Topics that should be more widely discussed because they are important and you are important enough to be heard.

You can buy Shame Is an Ocean I Swim Across here.

9. The Dark Between Stars, by Atticus

A poetry book for anyone who falls asleep in an empty bed and eats Doritos over the sink. This Instagram poet (followed by Karlie Kloss, Emma Roberts, and Alicia Keys) speaks about relationships, commitment, and loneliness. He will give you reassurance you are not the only one who has felt like an outsider. You are not all that different than you feel.

You can buy Shame Is an Ocean I Swim Across here.

10. We Are All Just A Collection Of Cords, by Chrissy Stockton 

The book for anyone who acts like they have it together but is secretly falling apart. We Are All Just A Collection Of Cords talks about the science of modern solitude. It will help you pinpoint the reasons you have been feeling so alone even when you are texting your friends, even when you are scrolling through social media, even when you are sleeping directly beside someone else.

You can buy We Are All Just A Collection Of Cords here.