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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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.....