Must Read Poetry Booklist


When a poem is written honestly, it quenches the thirst of a misunderstood heart and allows us to feel heard. I have found it to be one of the most therapeutic practices for me, whether I am writing or reading poetry. These authors have personally inspired me at a core level, and I believe their work will transform the mind of anyone who reads them.


The Gift by Hafiz, Translations by Daniel Ladinsky

"Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth, 'you owe me.' Look what happens with a love like that. It lights up the whole sky." - Hafiz, The Gift

I have read this collection a countless number of times. Hafiz has a way of bringing you home to your heart through Sufi mysticism that is somehow still so relatable. He reminds us to dance through this life with as much joy as possible.


The Nectar of Pain by Najwa Zebian

"Those mountains you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb." - Najwa Zebian

I found Najwa's work after watching her TED talk. Her poetry is vulnerable, and fearless. Her writing speaks to the importance of loving fiercely and living honestly.


The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

"Your joy is your sorrow unmasked...and how else can it be? The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain." - Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

This book is a classic that speaks directly to the soul of the reader. Rest assured, you will have it on your shelf for a lifetime.


Wild Embers by Nikita Gill
"I will teach her to say the word, 'no,' before she learns, 'yes.' I will teach her that others may think she is being difficult, but no one's opinion matters as much as her own." - Nikita Gill

If you're looking for another fearless female poet who can speak to your deepest experience, Nikita Gill is the one. I often read Wild Embers in hours of darkness to remind me the light that comes from our strength.


Devotions by Mary Oliver
"Little by little, as you left their voice behind, the stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds and there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own that kept you company as you strode deeper and deeper into the world..." - Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver is one of my favorite poets of all time. Having passed away recently, her work was honest and true to the beauty of the human experience.


Inward by Yung Pueblo
"I closed my eyes to look inward and found a universe waiting to be explored." - Yung Pueblo

If you're looking for conscious poetry that explores the themes of healing and mindfulness, Inward is the perfect collection of poems to read daily. Yung Puelbo is incredible at writing short, sweet reminders of connection through his writing.


The Strength in Our Scars, Bianca Sparacino
"You can say you have healed not when you have forgotten, but when you have forgiven." - Bianca Sparacino

I first read Bianca's work on Instagram and her poems immediately stopped me. She has a talent for writing poetry and prose so healing for anyone experiencing love and loss. One of my favorite lines of hers is, "you are not broken. You are becoming."


I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
"If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be." - Maya Angelou

If you haven't heard of Maya Angelou, she is one of the most transformational voices of our time. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is another classic. Her work is truly timeless. She also has incredible spoken word interviews.


Consolations, David Whyte
"courage is the measure of our heartfelt participation with life...to be courageous is to make conscious those things we already feel deeply and then to live through the unending vulnerabilities of those consequences." - David Whyte

I only recently stumbled across David Whyte's work, but it is already amongst some of my favorite. His book Consolations speaks to the core meaning of words and concepts we use in everyday life.


Love Poems From God, Translation by David Ladinsky
"If all the tenderness in this world could reflect from my eyes, would you accept that love?" - St. Francis of Assisi, Love Poems From God

Love Poems from God is the best of poetry all packed into one. From Hafiz, to Rumi, to St. Franciss of Assisi, to Kabir, to Rabia...if I had to be trapped on a desert island with one bookit would be this.


Soul Stories is a Facebook group of writers, artists, and poets. It is a safe community for people to share their most vulnerable creations with. Many of these incredible talents have already released books this year that I am in LOVE with, so I wanted to share a few with you on this essential book list.....


Wild by Melanie Bikowski



Bloom by Kate Lindstrom



Let Go by Ameya Jay


A Breath of Fresh Air by A N R


Mermaid Musings by Leya Van Doren


Atlas by Therese Chaix



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