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A Poetry Collection for Every Astrological Sign

Poetry for Your Astrology Sign

Find new poetry to explore based on your zodiac sign.

Whether or not you put stock in astrology, there are some interesting lessons to be learned from the archetypes within each astrological sign. From Scorpio’s hunger for transformation to Virgo’s tendency toward the analytical, we can perhaps identify a part of ourselves within each sun sign. And when we meditate on what those qualities mean (or what we could learn from them), we can achieve a deeper understanding of self.

Each of the below poetry books is aligned with a specific sign — not because of the poet’s sun sign, but because the content of the book aligns with a certain sign’s energy. Of course, there is no neat or tidy way to associate an entire book with one sign (just as there’s so much more to a person than one’s sun sign). That’s just not possible! Rather, this is a taste of contemporary and canonical poets through a lens of astrology. Have fun with it, discover new books, and live a poetic life.

Aries: Don’t Call Us Dead: Poems by Danez Smith

With Aries’ confident, stubborn nature, you want a poetry that doesn’t allow you to look away. Aries’ fiery energy begs for a fiery language, something that inhabits the here and now. Something that gives birth to possibility. Don’t Call Us Dead: Poems by Danez Smith is that book.

It presents us with momentum, action, and in its power and vulnerability asks to make a change in ourselves and on a social level. It asks to step up and demand more, demand healing, demand reclamation, demand attention for those that have been forgotten or erased. And it won’t stop. It won’t give up.

Taurus: Devotions by Mary Oliver

A true lover of beauty and tradition, Taurus relishes scents and sounds and pleasures of the skin. But they also want mental stimulation and imagery that can send them into sensory overload. To fulfill their desire for the grounded but pastoral, Mary Oliver’s focus on the sacredness of nature. Her poetic exploration of nature offers the Taurus the ability to smell the roses, hear the sea, and find the divine in Mother Earth. It is a book of wildness, humanity, and the spectacular language of the natural world.

Gemini: Ventrakl by Christian Hawkey

Ventrakl by Christian Hawkey is a conversation, a summoning, a translation — between author Christian Hawkey and George Trakl, a 19th-century Austrian poet. The poems are often “translated” (literally but mostly by other means) from Trakl’s own work and are displayed alongside images. Poems by Trakl are shot at via a gun and the remaining text is reassembled into a new poem, for example. This book — with its innovative nature — will speak to Gemini’s gift for communication and invention and it will call to Gem’s adaptable, dual nature.

Cancer: The Collected Poems by John Keats

One of the most well-beloved poets of all time, Keats poems evoke the passage of time, mortality — he himself died young and both his mother and father passed when he was a child — splendor, an human suffering. A Romantic poet, Keats’ deep well of emotional aptitude will speak to Cancer’s need for depth and truth (even though Keats himself was born a Halloween Scorpio). In his words, the Cancer’s sensitivity and need for vulnerability will find a wellspring of aching beauty. And as a Scorpio, Keats’ intensity will speak the language of any water sign.

Leo: Song of Myself by Walt Whitman

With Leo’s charisma, fire, and sense of self-worth, this fiery sign will respond to Whitman’s Song of Myself, a poem of self, a look at the great possibility of who we are. It is a sort of incantation spoken aloud for personal power — and what could be more Leo, than standing in that space of worthiness?

Virgo: A Little White Shadow by Mary Ruefle

Virgos will appreciate Ruefle’s deft ability to create poignant, highly meticulous erasure poetry — a style of poetry that marks or blanks out words or text from a specific work or works to create an altogether new work. With precision, Ruefle cuts and hacks 1889’s A Little White Shadow by Emily Malbone Morgan, revealing something entirely new. This is a methodical and specific work, haunted by the days of old — yet born by a new hand — and any Virgo interested in precision work will find the beauty here.

Libra: Loose Woman by Sandra Cisneros

The Libra craves beauty, conversation — and diplomacy. They hold duality in their hands. They can also live their lives as a poem — romantic and melodramatic and intense. And so Loose Woman, a canonical work by Sandra Cisneros, speaks to the Libra’s great balancing act. It is at once a book about love and sex as well the exploration of the Mexican-American identity. It is ripe with beauty and abundant in fervor. The Libra can take this book to all their friends and spend all night over a bottle of wine discussing its glory.

Scorpio: Ascend Ascend by Janaka Stucky

Janaka Stucky’s new release, Ascend Ascend is peak Scorpio; written in a century-old church by Stucky while in trance states over the course of a little over two weeks, the text is a conjuring — of the divine, of the self, and of the two, intertwined. This is ecstatic poetry that pulls you into the depths, transcendent.

With Scorpio’s ultimate and innate need for transformation, this is a holy text to be recited and to be felt in the blood. To read it is to participate in poetry’s ritualistic magic.

Sagittarius: The Essential Rumi by Rumi

Rumi’s poetry is deeply spiritual — characterized by a seeking and a longing for something more. It has often been misinterpreted, but its layers run deep, begging to be seen through a lens of divinity and existentialism. It is concerned with the beyondness of being. Sagittarius has always been seen as a very philosophical, wise and spiritual, sign— and, much like Rumi’s poetry of this world and beyond, Sag has one foot here and another out there — half centaur, half-man. This poetry, and the Sag, exist in a liminal space.

Capricorn: How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems by Joy Harjo

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#COLLECTIVEFURY books on view in our infoshop at @recessart in Brooklyn. Up now until Feb 9th, 2019. About: Don't worry about what a poem means. Do you ask what a song means before you listen? Just listen." — Joy Harjo A quarter-century's work demonstrates both the difficulties and release of voicing a culture under siege. Harjo's selections from six previous books—from The Last Song (1975) to A Map to the Next World: Poems and Tales (2000), show the remarkable progression of a writer determined to reconnect with her past and make sense of her present, drawing together the brutalities of contemporary reservation life with the beauty and sensibility of Native American culture and mythology: "But I imagined her like this, not a stained red dress with tape on her heels but the deer who entered our dream in white dawn, breathed mist into pine trees, her fawn a blessing of meat, the ancestors who never left." At times, the juxtaposition of the two carries an almost visceral power of regenerative rhythm, most powerfully in the poems from She Had Some Horses: "She had horses who liked Creek Stomp Dance songs./ She had horses who cried in their beer./ She had horses who spit at male queens who made them afraid of themselves./ She had horses who said they weren't afraid./ She had horses who lied./ She had horses who told the truth, who were stripped bare of their tongues." Such moments have a decided a political piquancy. Harjo, who belongs to the Muscogee Nation, includes a long introduction, as well as extensive notes on the origins of and elements in each poem, and contends that poetry is not only a way to save the sanity of those who have been oppressed to the point of madness, but that it is a tool to rebuild communities and, ultimately, change the world: "All acts of kindness are lights in the war for justice." Alive with compassion, pain and love, this book is unquestionably an act of kindness. #HowWeBecameHuman #JoyHarjo

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The Capricorn, an earthly creature — reliable and rugged, connected the grass and rocks and divinity of nature — will connect with Joy Harjo’s work, informed by native traditions and myths. Her work speaks to personal transformation and authenticity and the very real world of landscape and culture. Capricorn will appreciate its earthbound truth and power.

Aquarius: Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson

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“It was not the fear of ridicule, / to which everyday life as a winged red person had accommodated Geryon early in life, / but the blank desertion of his own mind / that threw him into despair.” . ???? . Serious question: is one supposed to ‘get’ Anne Carson? Poetry continues to elude me and seemingly laugh at references over my head. ‘Autobiography of Red’ is Carson’s reimagining of the epic Greek poem ‘Geryoneis’ by Stesichoros (no, I hadn’t heard of him either), about a winged red monster killed by Herakles as one of his labours. Stesichoros was unusual for two things, says Carson in her introduction: for his innovative use of adjectives, and for choosing to tell the story from the point of view of the monster. . Recommended this by the charming author Edouard Louis when I accompanied him to some bookshops a few weeks ago, and have been really looking forward to it. Used a day trip to read the book in two long train sittings: the best chance a book can have. It starts with fragments: the introduction, the few pieces of Stesichoros’ poem that remain, an imagined conversation with the ancient writer. By the time Carson’s poem came along, I was expecting something ‘ancient’ in feel – instead, it’s unplaceable, either in time, in place, in reality. . Geryon is a red winged monster. The reader might assume this was metaphorical, but it appears to be also literal, though others are not winged or red, but also don’t treat him as strangely as you might therefore expect. He grows up abused by his brother, loved by his mother, and studiously creating his autobiography – an endeavour which leads to a love of photography. The drama comes from Geryon’s infatuation with a beautiful boy called Herakles, who leaves him broken-hearted. . It’s not even that I didn’t enjoy it, I just have absolutely no clue what to make of it. Er… anyone a massive Carson fan and willing to give me a sparknotes? . On the other hand, look at spring springing!!! ???????????? . ???? . #annecarson #autobiographyofred #poetry #capepoetry #vintageinthewild #stesichorus #classicism #springreading #readingoutside #bookstagram #bookcover #redbooks #booksoutside #nationalpoetrymonth #poetry

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This experimental poem-but-also-a-novel (it really is both) transcends genre, although poetry is truly its blood. Readers are treated to the myth of Geryon (a winged monster). In it, you’ll find fragments of the poem Geryoneis. Between the airy elements of the winged monster and the story’s focus on survival, creativity, the search for self, and the text’s disregard for compartmentalized genres, this is the book for any Aquarius.

Pisces: Night by Etel Adnan

In Etel Adnan’s book Night, the reader will find a sort of book-long poem steeped in the body, the divine spirit, and the grand mystery of everything. Perfect for a Pisces’ dreamy and intuitive nature, this book examines memory and God. It connects to something deeper; Adnan translates nature and receives the messages of the universe.


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