The best poetry books for people who don’t think they like poetry

Who am I?

I never thought I’d be a poetry lover. I got my Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature. During that time, I took quite a few poetry classes, even though I didn’t consider myself a huge poetry fan. Over the course of those classes, I learned that poetry isn’t all about abstract, obscure themes, and academic language. It’s also a way for humans to communicate the feelings and experiences in one heart to another. Once I learned that poetry doesn’t have to be difficult and confusing, I found that I really enjoyed it, and I’d like to help other people discover that poetry can be more accessible and satisfying than what they may have studied in school. 

I wrote...

In Between: Poems of Midlife

By S.J. Lomas,

Book cover of In Between: Poems of Midlife

What is my book about?

A collection of poems exploring the relationships between moving into midlife and living through a pandemic. Other themes include death of a parent and the expectations and roles of women as they age.

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of Noir

S.J. Lomas Why did I love this book?

This is unlike any poetry collection I’ve read before. The language is accessible, the material is creative, rich, and a little on the dark side. There’s so much unique imagery and beautiful phrasing that it just delighted me to read it. It’s the kind of poetry book that doesn’t try to be verbose and obtuse just for the sake of poetry. Although it explores some gritty themes, it’s a lot of fun.

By Derek R. King,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Noir as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Tick. Tock.


Can you hear that?

That’s the sound of the clocks getting ready to fall back. The nights stretch longer as the days shrink shorter. Creatures of the night come out to play; to fill autumn’s twilights and winter’s chills.

And at the edge of this mist infused scene, Derek R King stands and drinks in this dream. Muse by his side (or is she within), her whispered breath caresses his ears, as she drapes him in words:
“Let the poetry begin.”

Book cover of The Universe of Us

S.J. Lomas Why did I love this book?

This book blew me away. It looks deceptively simple with short poems and regular language, but the emotion of the poems is intense, direct, powerful, and breathtaking. Poem after poem just made me think “Wow!”  I don’t usually read poetry for fun, but the pretty pink cover and the title of this book grabbed me at the bookstore and I bought it on a whim. It was definitely one of those cases where the right book gets you at the right time. I love this book!

By Lang Leav,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Universe of Us as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

International best-selling author of Love & Misadventure, Lullabies (Goodreads Readers Choice Award), and Memories, Lang Leav presents a completely new collection of poetry with a celestial theme in The Universe of Us.

Planets, stars, and constellations feature prominently in this beautiful, original poetry collection from Lang Leav. Inspired by the wonders of the universe, the best-selling poetess writes about love and loss, hope and hurt, being lost and found. Lang's poetry encompasses the breadth of emotions we all experience and evokes universal feelings with her skillfully crafted words.

* International Bestseller: Over 26K copies sold in the UK of Love…

Book cover of Nudes and Victims

S.J. Lomas Why did I love this book?

I love this book because it’s like a collection of very short stories, in poem form. It reads like slices of real life, captured in verbal snapshots. 

Again, one of my favorite things is poetry which uses everyday language and captures the beauty, sorrow, struggle, and joy of normal life. This book is excellent to dip in and out of for a quick little glimpse of life to enjoy and inspire. There’s something in this book for everyone.

By Michael Lawrence,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Nudes and Victims as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

I have published a great many novels and stories and been translated into more than 20 languages, but long before I began to publish fiction I wrote poems, a number of which were published in poetry magazines, newspapers and suchlike – until the day I decided that, while continuing to write poems, I no longer wanted to see them in print. NUDES & VICTIMS contains a hundred of the poems written from 1967 to 2001, plus 30 song lyrics written between 1975 and 2012.

I can be contacted at [email protected]

Book cover of Euphoric Wonderland: An Eclectic Collection of Psychedelic Poetry to Stimulate the Senses and Open the Mind

S.J. Lomas Why did I love this book?

I met this author at a local author fair and picked up a copy of his book because he (as well as me!) is a Beatles fan. He said it included poems about the Beatles so I hoped I’d enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed chatting with Ryan. Turned out, I did. Ryan approaches poetry with a powerful mix of wordplay and rhythm. Every poem has a driving beat and becomes a sort of immersive experience. Although this also deals with themes of mental illness, it’s a book that just made me smile to read because it’s so unique. The illustrations make it visually stunning as well.

By Ryan M. Becker,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Euphoric Wonderland as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Open your heart to a compilation of musical poetry and surreal expression drawn from madness and mania.

Artfully weaving a rhythmic tapestry of touching poetry that flows like music, this deeply personal memoir invites readers on a fascinating deep dive into the author’s raw and heartfelt world of living rhythms and authentic feelings. As a deft amalgamation of spoken word, truth to power, clever wordplay, and thoughtful reflections, Euphoric Wonderland illuminates a mad spark of creativity as it draws uplifting inspiration from even the darkest of times.

Stimulate your imagination and open your mind to a psychedelic and enigmatic assemblage…

Book cover of The Random House Book of Poetry for Children

S.J. Lomas Why did I love this book?

Yes, it’s a book for kids, but this book has remained with me my whole life. I received this book as a gift when I was a child and I didn’t think I’d like it because I wasn’t into poetry. However, I can’t tell you how many hours I spent perusing the pages of this book. There are so many different poems, by different authors, covering a wide range of topics and themes. 

I still own this book and look through it from time to time. It’s a treasured book that can be appreciated by adults as well as children.

By Jack Prelutsky, Arnold Lobel (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Random House Book of Poetry for Children as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about? Review: The Random House Book of Poetry for Children was recognized upon its publication in 1983 as an invaluable collection--a modern classic--and it has not since been surpassed. Five hundred poems, selected by poet and anthologist Jack Prelutsky, are divided into broad subject areas such as nature, seasons, living things, children, and home. The poems of Emily Dickinson, Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni, and Gwendolyn Brooks populate the book's pages, while Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, Ogden Nash, and Shel Silverstein ensure that the collection delights even the most reluctant readers of rhyme. Playground chants, anonymous…

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Book cover of Songbird

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What is my book about?

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What is this book about?

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