Powerful Poetry Books That Will Pick You Up When You’re Feeling Down

It’s 2018, poetry is back to being a best-selling genre, and Kaur is the first poetry idol since Lord Byron. Since November of 2014, when poet Rupi Kaur’s self-published debut poetry collection, Milk and Honey, readers have not stopped talking about her. In the face of passion, heartbreak, betrayal, grief, joy and every emotion in between, Kaur does more than just deliver advice; she engraves resounding words of life on her readers. While Kaur and her short, easily digestible poems have become the face of the movement, there are countless other poets spreading their word on the internet and in print.

Here are a few other life-changing books like Milk and Honey, written by powerful poets who, like Rupi Kaur, impart equally powerful and enchanting interpretations of life.

The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace


Similar in style, Lovelace like Kaur deals with grappling the themes of female power, love, and loss, failure and redemption, pain and healing. Lovelace’s The Princess Saves Herself in this One is similar to Kaur’s Milk and Honey in another way as well. Both books were self-published before going completely viral among reader. In, The Princess Saves Herself in this One, Lovelace tells a story of four different women: the princess, the damsel, the queen, and the reader, exploring a journey of self-empowerment that will speak to all readers.

Pretty Tilt by Carrie Murphy


Carrie Murphy is a poet who has got both hands wrapped around the pulse of what females in the 21st-century feel. Just when you thought no one understands, Murphy proves she understands the beauty, the intensity, the utter messiness, the mystery, the sex, the awkward self-awareness, all of it. Pretty Tilt is Murphy’s second poetry collection and third book, written with an awareness of the way sex, feminism, and gender roles inform who girls grow up to be today.

Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately by Alicia Cook


As if the cover alone didn’t have you sold on this book, Alicia Cook is another poet who has taken her work to Instagram. Her second poetry collection and third book, the self-published Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately, was written in the style of an old mix tape. Side A is all about life, love, death, hurt, endings, beginnings, family, relationships, and so much more. Side B takes readers on a different journey, utilizing blackout poetry to “remix” the work Cook complied on Side A.


The Universe of Us by Lang Leav


Sharing a publisher with Kaur, The Universe of Us by Lang Leav is another collection that tackles the universal experiences of being a human in this world: loving desperately and losing deeply, feeling small within space, losing oneself and discovery — things all readers will be able to identify with, on some level.

Salt by Nayyirah Waheed


Nayyirah Waheed is a poet whom Kaur herself has cited as an inspiration which has led to a movement. Definitely, have the tissues next to you when you read Nayyirah Waheed’s Salt because it will leave you in tears. The novel goes back and forth, alternating between images that are hard and soft, violent and gentle, light and dark. Her poems are short and precise, describing love, loss, identity, and femaleness.

Though the emotional rollercoaster of Milk and Honey may be over, Kaur’s voice is evident in each of these poem collections, leaving you with a new perspective of life and a new love for modern poetry.

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