9 Poetry Collections For Beginners

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9 Poetry Collections For Beginners

Do you have an admiration for poetry but are intimidated on where to start? Don’t be! We have assembled the perfect jumping off point for poetry beginners. A book list of 9 poetry collections for beginners that will open your eyes to a whole new world where words lyrically arranged and become beautifully open for your interpretation.

“Poetry is when an emotions have found its thought and the thought has found words”

–Robert Frost

Let the poetry reading commence!

Drinking Pure Light by Tina Datsko De Sanchez

Love and be loved more deeply each day through poetry. Drinking Pure Light offers a daily ray of provocation toward open, courageous living. Inspired by the writings of Rumi and Hafiz, Tina Datsko de Sánchez’s poems are a waterfall of intimate grace, a cascade of reassuring revelation breaking through the cloud of fatigue with good news: you are not alone.



A Beginner’s Guide To Japanese Haiku by William Scott Wilson

This comprehensive introduction to Japan’s best-loved haiku poets is the perfect book for anyone wanting to learn about haiku. Compiled and with commentary by renowned author and translator William Scott Wilson, the book features 26 poets and 550 haiku, exquisitely translated. Wilson takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the works of the major Japanese poets from the fifteenth century up to the present.


The Last Night of the Earth Poems by Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski’s gritty poems deal with writing, death and immortality, literature, city life, illness, war, and the past. It is a substantial collection which strengthens our understanding of the Bukowski legend. You get the impression that he is setting the record of his life straight as he senses his ‘luck is running thin.’ The poems are characteristically acutely observational and recall incidents from his lifetime of drinking, writing and womanizing. These poems are highly entertaining, humorous and occasionally profound.



Milk and Honey  by Rupi Kaur

Next, we have the famous poet Rupi Kaur. She is no stranger to our site here at little infinite. She’s a great poet that is extremely popular to get started with. For more collections by here, check them out here!

Each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.



Crush by Richard Siken

Richard Siken’s Crush, the 2004 winner of the Yale Younger Poets prize, is a powerful collection of poems driven by obsession and love. Siken writes with ferocity, and his reader hurtles unstoppably with him. His poetry is confessional, gay, savage, and charged with violent eroticism. In the world of American poetry, Siken’s voice is striking.



Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

If you are a dreamer, come in, If you are a dreamer, A wisher, a liarA hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer…Come in… for where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein’s world begins. You’ll meet a boy who turns into a TV set, and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and so does Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who will not take the garbage out.




Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith

With allusions to David Bowie and interplanetary travel, Life on Mars imagines a soundtrack for the universe to accompany the discoveries, failures, and oddities of human existence. In these brilliant new poems, Tracy K. Smith envisions a sci-fi future sucked clean of any real dangers, contemplates the dark matter that keeps people both close and distant, and revisits the kitschy concepts like love and illness now relegated to the Museum of Obsolescence.




Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot

T.S. Eliot pays tribute to “Mr. Mistoffelees, ” “The Run Tum Tugger, ” “Macavity: The Mystery Cat, ” and a variety of other cats in this engaging collection of humorous poems. Originally composed to amuse Mr. Eliot’s intimate friends, to whom they were sent anonymously, these verses have proven irresistible to cat lovers, lovers of nonsense, and admirers of T.S. Eliot.





Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith

Award-winning poet Danez Smith is a groundbreaking force, celebrated for deft lyrics, urgent subjects, and performative power. This collection of poetry imagines an afterlife for black men shot by police, a place where suspicion, violence, and grief are forgotten and replaced with the safety, love, and longevity they deserved here on earth.





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