National Poetry Day is the nation’s biggest celebration of verse, with each year boasting its own theme to foster inspiration. Last year’s made a spectacular splash with millions of people across the country letting their imagination run free on the topic of “Water, water everywhere.”
This year’s theme, “Remember,” suggests we take a look back at poems and poetry books that have left significant impressions in our lives. If Twitter is anything to go by, there is an abundance of books of poetry that inspire conversation and emotion. We’ve collected a definitive list of the most-tweeted about poetry books from the past year for your delectation. Enjoy!
Steamy is putting it mildly—Clarissa O. Clemens’ The Poetic Art of Seduction features poetry that bleeds seduction and desire. Forbidden trysts, desire-fueled encounters and more will set your pulse racing. Words seem to have a way with seduction and love, for The Poetic Diary of Love and Change, also by Clemens, is a hot topic for tweeters who crave comfort from an aching heart.
Sensuality aside, take a walk down memory lane with Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree. A favorite for children and adults, this beautifully written and illustrated story is ageless—much like John Keats’ Selected Poems— a journey into the generosity of spirit— and Edgar Allan Poe’s Poetry, Tales, and Selected Essays, which features some of his most deliciously dark poems.
If you’re looking for a little inspiration and motivation, look to Brittiney Sweeney’s Inspirational: A Book of Poems or pick up Malala: Poems for Malala Yousafzai. Both stress the importance of belief and the power of hope and change.
Visit here for a complete list of BookVibe’s poetry selections and let us know what you are surprised not to see on the list!