What are the best poetry books?

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    #1The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

    The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

    The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson contains all the literary works of Dickinson that were overlooked during her lifetime. Her poetry focuses on tragic visions and a wide range of emotional and deep intellectual wonderings.

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    Philip Pearson
    Written on February 10, 2018
    "I wanted a large book that contained good poetry. With The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, I fell in love with the writing and style of the amazing poet of Emily Dickinson. The book was of extremely high quality. "
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    #2Leaves of Grass

    Leaves of Grass
    Walt Whitman is one of the most influential writers and poets of the 19th century. Leaves of Grass contains all his best poems and an outline of events significant to his life and work. Whitman is famous for his O Captain! My Captain!. 
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    Wayne Holland
    Written on February 18, 2018
    "This is a perfect match and should leave you in awe."
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    #3Ariel

    Ariel

    Ariel is a written masterpiece by Sylvia Plath, a beloved and brilliant poet who left behind one of the world's best collection of poetries. Her work garnered globally with readers falling in love with her provoking and moving poems.

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    Carmen Mercado
    Written on February 8, 2018
    "This just has poems of Sylvia Plath. It's a good book but for variety I like to have books with more poets."
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    #4The Waste Land and Other Poems

    The Waste Land and Other Poems
    The Waste Land and Other Poems includes some of the best works by T.S Eliot during his early years as a poet. Eliot left an unremarkably big influence in English poetry that continually inspires other poets in their work up to this day.
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    Lauren Lee
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I was looking at the Telegraph's top 10 books of poetry and this was on it. Turns out, someone has really amazing taste! You can't get much better than T.S. Eliot. "
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    #5Shakespeare's Sonnets

    Shakespeare's Sonnets

    William Shakespeare is a great influence in the world of literature and poetry. Shakespeare Sonnets contains some of his best collections that offer great significance in different forms of contemporary art.

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    Brandon Hoffman
    Written on February 17, 2018
    "Shakespeare's sonnets is a great poetry book. Shakespeare is the most known poet of all time. The poetry of the sonnets is a classic. I think everyone should own that book of several poems from Shakespeare."
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    #6The Raven and Other Poems

    The Raven and Other Poems

    The Raven and Other Poems is a remarkable collection of poetry by Edgar Allan Poe. Poe offers a touch of thrilling and supernatural atmosphere in some of his best works garnering a wide range of readers globally.

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    Robert Fernandez
    Written on February 16, 2018
    "How do you get the Goth kids in your class to get engaged with poetry? Sounds pretty difficult, no? Yet this book of Edgar Allan Poe works just might get the job done. "
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    #7The Complete Poems of John Keats

    The Complete Poems of John Keats
    The Complete Poem of John Keats is a collection of some of Keats' best works before his death in 1821. Keats is a famous romantic poet who created well-known verses such as Lamia, Isabella, and The Eve of St. Agnes.
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    Zachary Medina
    Written on February 11, 2018
    "For poetry lovers get this."
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    #8The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats

    The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats
    The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats comprises some of the best works of Yeats during his lifetime. From ancient Irish myths to passionate poems of love, nature, and art - this collection traces a wide range of affairs.
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    Doris Ramos
    Written on February 18, 2018
    "This is a fantastic book. One I can read again and again. It's very insightful and the poems are beautifully written. If you love poetry like I do, you will enjoy this book. There are many different kinds of poems in this book to enjoy. The book is small enough that i can carry it around on a commute or during downtime at work. I put it in my purse and it's available at all times. The selections chosen to be in the book were wonderful"
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    #9Songs of Innocence and of Experience

    Songs of Innocence and of Experience

    Songs of Innocence and of Experience presents the simple beauty of William Blake's poetry. This collection offers 46 poems from two different volumes of Blake's work.

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    Lawrence Johnson
    Written on February 8, 2018
    "You simply cannot read poetry with any sort of in depth understanding or knowledge without William Blake. Absolutely essential to the genre and a great collection."
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    #10Paradise Lost

    Paradise Lost

    Paradise Lost contains John Milton's most celebrated epic poems that entail the cosmological and spiritual origins of man's existence. This book tackles and exposes some of the sensitive issues of Christianity.

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    Francisco Salgado
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "Paradise lost. A love letter to biblical legends in poetic form and also a critique of the lessons given as well. The Telegraph speaks well of it, and with good reason. I found the book to be both entertaining and thought provoking."
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    #11Poems

    Poems

    Poems is a Romanian book of poems written by Mihai Eminescu. This Romanian book of poems was published on January 1, 1989 by The Romanian Book. Poems was divided into six volumes.

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    Doris Hopkins
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Great book of poems by a great author. Its full of beautiful writing. If youre a lover of poetry add this one to your bookshelf!!!"
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    #12The Oxford Book of Light Verse

    The Oxford Book of Light Verse

    The Oxford Book of Light Verse is a collection of humorous poems. Edited by W.H. Auden, it includes poems by Lord Byron, Lewis Carroll, and Jonathan Swift.

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    Billy Patterson
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "The The Oxford Book of Light Verse has to be one of the best collections of poetry that I have read in a long time. I usually do not like to read poetry that much but I found myself really connecting with a lot of the poetry in this book."
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    #13Mysterious Acts by My People

    Mysterious Acts by My People

    Mysterious Acts by My People is a book by Valerie Wetlaufer that tells the story of love, grief and exploration through poems. Readers will feel the pain, happiness, and sadness of the writer as they read this book.

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    David Garza
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Mysterious Acts speaks to the soul of every human on the planet, touching on ideas about love and grief. I identified with all of the poems that I read and was enthralled by this book"
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    #14Another America

    Another America
    Another America is a collection of six poems written by Barbara Kingsolver. This has been translated from the Otra America by Rebecca Cartes and includes a newly designed cover. 
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    Melissa Patel
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Another America is in my opinion one of the best adult poetry books available on the market today. While it is only a group of six poems in total, they are fantastically written and are brilliantly moving to say the least. For those who haven't had the pleasure of reading this book, I would say that you should do so and you will not be disappointed. "
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    #15Sonnets from the Portuguese

    Sonnets from the Portuguese

    Sonnets from the Portuguese is a classic poetry book written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. It is first published and reproduced copies later by St. Martin's Press. 

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    Adela Olvera
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I'm sorry to say that I cannot recommend this edition of Barrett Browning's sonnets. It is formatted poorly and printed in miniscule type -- quite an amateur job. The book lists the first lines of the sonnets, then presents the sonnets themselves. Five times! Yes, the list of first lines plus the sonnets five times in sequence. If you want to make notes over one set and keep one unmarked, you will still have three sets left over! If there is method in this madness, I am missing it."
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    #16Voices In My Head

    Voices In My Head

    Voices in My Head is a collection of poems by Cindy J. Smith where the author compiles her poems about fantasy, nature, love, sarcasm, and loss. It was published in 2013 by Cindy J. Smith.

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    James Brown
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Voices in My Head is a wonderful collection of poems by Cindy Smith. It covers many topics such as fantasy, nature, love, sarcasm, and loss as you follow the journey of her life. I found the poems drawing me into her world and I enjoyed them very much."
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    #17Love That Dog (Jack)

    Love That Dog (Jack)

    Love That Dog is written by the award-winning author Sharon Creech. In this book, Creech brings to life a boy named Jack, together with his dog, who resists writing poetry for school but his teacher won't just leave him be.

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    Christopher Mitchell
    Written on February 16, 2018
    "Love that Dog is an amazing book full of astounding and freeing poetry, through jacks life we are able to see a child go through his young life."
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    #18A Season in Hell and The Drunken Boat

    A Season in Hell and The Drunken Boat

    Arthur Rimbaud's A Season in Hell and The Drunken Boat are both considered as two of his most influential poems. The book that compiled these two poems was published on June 28th, 1961 by New Directions.

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    William Lopez
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I love poetry books, I mean I really love them. That is why I was so disappointed when I was looking for the best poetry anthologies for a new one to read and a friend recommended " A Season in Hell and The Drunken Boat" by Arthur Rimbaud . After spending several days reading it, I was extremely underwhelmed. The poems did not connect with me and I wasn't impressed at all. I definitely would not recommend this to anyone as it didn't live up to the hype."
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    #19The Oxford Book of Narrative Verse

    The Oxford Book of Narrative Verse

    The Oxford Book of Narrative Verse is a collection of poems edited by Iona and Peter Opie. It contains poetry that tells a story, from poets such as Geoffrey Chaucer and W.H. Auden.

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    Gary Lee
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "Great collection of poems. If your a poetry fan, you can't go wrong with this book."
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    #20Will Work For Peace: New Political Poems

    Will Work For Peace: New Political Poems
    Will Work For Peace: New Political Poems is a poetry anthology containing the works of 144 poets from all over the world. The poems included are political in nature, rife with ideology and social critique.
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    Victoria Watson
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "What a nice collection of poetry from varied writers! I was blown away by the poems and felt that they had such meaning. I will definately be on the lookout for more collections of poems similar to this collection."
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    #21Les Fleurs Du Mal

    Les Fleurs Du Mal

    Les Fleurs du Mal, or The Flowers of Evil, is a collection of poems by French poet Charles Baudelaire, translated from the original French by Richard Howard. The poems in the collection are considered to be his greatest work.

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    Tang Zeng
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "This is one of my favorite books and the transalation is very good. In my opinion, this is a must read. Everyone should have this book in their collection."
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    #22The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou

    The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou

    The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou is an anthology of all the poet's published poems. Drawing from her experiences as a woman of color, Maya Angelou writes in remembrance of her past.

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    Tyler Wade
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou is an elaborate book of poems. Maya Angelou does such a good job writing poetry. I wanted to keep reading so much more. "
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    #23Selected Poems

    Selected Poems
    Selected Poems is a classic poetry book written by Pulitzer Prize awardee Conrad Aiken. It is first published in 1928 and won a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1930. 
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    Megan Hernandez
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Conrad Aiken is an American poet, short story writer, critic and novelist. This modern poet made a book full of interest in psychological, philosophical, and scientific issues poems. "
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    #24Selected Poems 1855-1892

    Selected Poems 1855-1892

    Selected Poems 1855-1892 is an LGBT-theme poetry nonfiction book that presents a delightful series of poems written by Walt Whitman in his creative and prime years roughly between 1853 and 1860.

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    Heather Watkins
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "Contains over 200 poems in chronological order in the order in which they were written. This book restores the sexual flair that Whitman later suppressed in his work. It is highly creative and shows just how much of a poetic genius that he was."
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    #25The Rose That Grew From Concrete

    The Rose That Grew From Concrete

    The Rose That Grew From Concrete is a book of poetry by American rapper Tupac Shakur. Published posthumously, this collection of poems he wrote as a nineteen-year-old provide valuable insights into his deepest thoughts.

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    Linda Austin
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "I really like the idea of this. I think it would be a great rad for anyone who is into poetry. or interested in the life of Tupac."
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    #26Pale Fire

    Pale Fire
    Pale Fire is Vladimir Nabokov's dark and postmodern novel filled with suspense, deceptive pleasures, literary idolatry, and political intrigue. Dr. Charles Kinbote wrote a foreword and a comment in this book.
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    Jorge Esparza
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Pale Fire” is a fantastic book based on a poem called "Pale Fire” by a famous poet (and neighbor to the narrator) named John Shade. The author of the Commentary (and the novel’s narrator) is Dr. Charles Kinbote whose morality, identity and authority are questionable throughout the entire text."
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    #27Book of Longing

    Book of Longing

    Book of Longing is a Canadian poetry book about music written by Leonard Cohen. This fiction book is first published in 2006 by McClelland & Stewart. 

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    Daniel Mitchell
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "A pretty good book overall and I think anyone would enjoy it if they gave it a read. The story is interesting and the characters are fully developed. In my opinion this is a session type of read. The kind of book you read for a couple of hours day until you are done."
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    #28Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die

    Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die

    Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die is a classic African American poetry book for women written by Maya Angelou. It is first published in 1971. 

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    Olivia Ellis
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die is a book of poetry written specifically for African American women. It's written my Maya Angelou so you know the words have to be very powerful. I think Maya Angelou is a great writer so this is definitely worth checking out."
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    #29Deep Gyn-Ecology Trusts In The Earth

    Deep Gyn-Ecology Trusts In The Earth

    Deep Gyn-Ecology Trusts In The Earth: Poetry for the Planet is a book by Carrie Ann Thunell. It was released in August 2014. It is about a journey to find the meaning of life on earth. 

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    Margaret Smith
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "WOW! Deep Gyn-Ecology Trusts In The Earth: Poetry for the Planet is a book by Carrie Ann Thunell. This book expanded my mind and aloud me to heal some things that had been plaguing me inside. I was able to take time every evening to just meditate and let the words pour off of the page and into my soul. Much needed read!"
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    #30Poetry and Prose

    Poetry and Prose

    Poetry and Prose (The Library of America Edition) is a collection of Walt Whitman poems and prose including the first edition of Leaves of Grass. It is first published in 1982. 

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    Ben Lee
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "this publication of the year is very interesting i like the article the poems are very nice and easily understood "
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    #31Robert Frost's Poems

    Robert Frost's Poems

    Robert Frost's Poems is written by Robert Frost which is composed of an anthology to bring and give you pleasure and happiness. This also includes an introduction and commentary from Louis Untermeyer.

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    Amy Perkins
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I've known some of Robert Frost's poems from when I was a young teenager and had to learn them at school. I still remember lines from them almost a decade and a half later. Most of the poems are short and seem simple but the meaning behind them is always profound and the images they conjure up are vivid and beautiful. Definitely one of the best poetry anthologies in the world."
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    #32Songs for the Open Road

    Songs for the Open Road
    Songs for the Open Road: Poems of Travel and Adventure contains a collection of 90 poems by American and British poets including Walt Whitman and first published in 1998 by Dover Publications. 
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    Aaron Murray
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "A perfect book to take with you when you're on a road trip. There's 80 poems here to keep you entertained for the duration of your trip. Some of the poems are classics that any poetry fanatic is probably familiar with, whereas some of them are more modern that even the most well read poetry fan will be pleased to read through for the first time. "
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    #33Song of Lawino & Song of Ocol

    Song of Lawino & Song of Ocol

    Song of Lawino & Song of Ocol is an African fiction poetry book written by Okot p'Bitek. This classic fiction book is first published in 1969. 

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    Tammy Daniels
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I am generally not that interested in reading poetry, but I recently read Song of Lawino & Song of Ocol for a class I was taking. I actually enjoyed reading this book. If you are a poetry fan, I would definitely recommend checking this one out."
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    #34Birthday Letters

    Birthday Letters

    Birthday Letters is a compilation of letters written by renowned poet Ted Hughes. It was released in paperback in March 1999. Most of the letters were addressed to his wife Sylvia Plath.

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    Susana Soriano
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I really liked this book because it was very personal and I felt like I was peeking in on someone else's life as it was unfolding. This is easily the best book I've read by Ted Hughes."
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    #35Song of Myself

    Song of Myself

    Song of Myself is a book written by Walt Whitman about a better view of the world. It is originally part of Leaves of Grass and first published in 1856. 

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    Ralph Snyder
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "there are way better options but that depends what kind of poetry you like"
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    #36Howl, Kaddish and Other Poems

    Howl, Kaddish and Other Poems

    Howl, Kaddish and Other Poems is a poetry book written by renowned author Allen Ginsberg. it was released by Penguin Modern Classics in 2009. It includes "Howl",  the controversial poem first published in 1956.

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    Jason Walters
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "These are beautiful words. More than beautiful. I'd have to be a poet myself, and a damn god one, too, to describe what's in this book. The verses are transcendent. and I don't use that word lightly. See for yourself!"
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    #37Leaves of Grass

    Leaves of Grass
    Leaves of Grass is a poetry book written by Walt Whitman. It was originally released and self-published in July 1855. It is considered as one of the greatest works in American literature.

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    María de Lourdes Guzmán
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I am torn on my reaction to Whitman's magnum opus-- its themes and words will remain unforgettable, but boy how I hated reading this plodding rambling slog of a book."
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    #38Gilded Cage: (Poetry) Words of Pleasure, Pain, Madness and Lust

    Gilded Cage: (Poetry) Words of Pleasure, Pain, Madness and Lust
    Gilded Cage: (Poetry) Words of Pleasure, Pain, Madness and Lust is a poetry book about some of the darkest thoughts of the human mind, written by Alisa Anderson. It was published October 6, 2014 by iceKitty Publishing.
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    Vivaan Jhadav
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "A collection of beautiful and powerful works by this author. A fantastic read. It deals with adult themes in an adult manner. "
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    #39The Man With Night Sweats

    The Man With Night Sweats

    The Man With Night Sweats is a poetry book written by famous poet Thom Gunn. It was originally released in 1992. It tackles both intimate and wide social issues, including AIDS.

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    Jerry Ross
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Not light or easy reading, these poems are sad and sobering. I wouldn't call this "happy poetry as BEST makes you think." Deep poetry might be a better topic title for this one. "
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    #40Don Juan

    Don Juan

    Don Juan is a poetry book written by Lord Byron and edited by A. Willis. It was originally published in the 1800s. It is about a man and his extraordinary life filled with adventures, both enjoyable and sad.

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    #41And Still I Rise

    And Still I Rise

    And Still I Rise is a classic poetry non-fiction book written by Maya Angelou. This feminist African American book is first published in 1978. 

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    Brian Butler
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I really like Maya Angelou and this is no exception. This lady is such a wise and amazing individual and has opened a path way for people. I wanted to read some of her work and this kept coming up and I decided to read it, and it was great, and is around my top best poetry book."
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    #42Civil War Poetry and Prose

    Civil War Poetry and Prose

    Civil War Poetry and Prose is a collection of Walt Whitman's poems, letters, and prose during and after the war. It is first published in 1872 by Dover Publications.

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    Albert Gomez
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "The Civil War Poetry is really nice and does give a good perspective of things, I think it's really unique. "
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    #43Inspiration 2 Smile

    Inspiration 2 Smile

    Inspiration 2 Smile is a poetry book by Nate Spears. It contains motivational poems that encourage the reader to smile and hold on to the belief that hardships will pass.

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    Gary Taylor
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "has no reviews but this poetry book has a good message of hope. its supposed to help people deal with stress"
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    #44The Voltairine de Cleyre Reader

    The Voltairine de Cleyre Reader

    The Voltairine de Cleyre Reader is a prose-and-poetry book written by Voltairine de Cleyre and edited by A.J. Brigati. It was released in April 2004. It is about anarchist feminism at the turn of the century.

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    Benjamin Richards
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Great text by one of the best anarchist writers. You may think it's a relatively simple subject, revolting and going against the grain. But this book takes it to a whole other level and really let's you live inside the subject matter of what it really means to be an anarchist. "
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    #45Caressed by an Elfin Breeze

    Caressed by an Elfin Breeze
    Caressed by an Elfin Breeze is a poetry book by Zardoa Silverstar. As the founder of The Silver Elves, Zardoa Silverstar writes elven poetry about the Elven Way of spirituality and oneness with the earth.
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    Keith Black
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "First of all, I am not a poetry lover. However, I actually found this interesting and found the poems to be inspiring. I am somewhat skeptical of Elven spirituality though."
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    #46The Black Unicorn: Poems

    The Black Unicorn: Poems

    The Black Unicorn: Poems is a collection of poems written by Audre Lorde, first published in 1978. The poems paint a multifaceted picture of life as a black woman: it includes discussions on feminism, race, and gender.
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    Bryan Williams
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Fun collection of poetry anthologies. Some speak to the soul while others are a complete miss. Quick and good read though!"
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    #47Rambo Goes to Idaho

    Rambo Goes to Idaho
    Rambo Goes to Idaho is a poetry book written by Scott Abels, published in 2011 by Blazevox Books. This book presents a collection of little poems as he goes an irreverent take on pop culture.
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    Kyle Ellis
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Not a very popular book of poetry. I think other books would fit this solution better. This book only has 2 reviews and doesn't seem to be a fan favorite."
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    #48September Ends

    September Ends
    September Ends is a romance fiction book written by Hunter S. Jones. This book won eFestival of Words award and it is first published in 2012 by  Ra Jones Publishing.

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    Billy Fox
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "September Ends is a very good romance novel that uses a plethora of colorful language to really help define each scene in the book. I also found the main characters to be very original and colorful in both their character and their personalities. "
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    #49Etched Images in my Head

    Etched Images in my Head

    Etched Images in my Head is a poetry book which describes the the dark sides of the human mind, written by Patrick B. Vince. It was published August 4, 2014 by lulu.com.

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    Kathy Day
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Etched Images in my Head by Patrick B. Vince is a twisted tapestry of words, cathartically weaving together moments in life in a dark and sinister way. The images it imprints upon the mind and soul are unpredictable and grotesque. I found the poetry too depressing and distasteful to enjoy. This book is definitely for mature audience only."
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    #50When Comes Darkness

    When Comes Darkness

    When Comes Darkness is a Gothic poetry book about some of the darkest thoughts of the human mind, written by Paul Day. It was published February 21, 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

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    Sara Parker
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Such a dark, gothic book. The beautiful writing will draw you in and make you want to keep going. I love it!"
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    #51The Portable Walt Whitman

    The Portable Walt Whitman

    The Portable Walt Whitman is a collection of revised poems from Leaves of Grass in 1855 by Walt Whitman and gave a new voice for the survivors of civil war.

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    Ann Holland
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "This version of Whitman's collected works, because of Mark van Doren's thoughtful introduction, is of greatest value to the researcher. I highly recommend it."
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    #52Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reverso Poems

    Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reverso Poems
    Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reverso Poems is a brilliant collection of poems with witty values and clever wordplay. Whether children read it from top to bottom or reverse, there's a great sense of lesson that they can pick up.
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    Israel Valle
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "A good poetry book but it may not be the best one available "
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    #53Cardboard Piano

    Cardboard Piano

    Cardboard Piano is a poetry book about some of the darkest thoughts of the human mind, written by Rina Terry. It was published September 5, 2013 by Texture Press.

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    Christina Olson
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Poetry is an outlet to express one's opinion. With that being said, Terry did not hold back on this book. I enjoyed reading her poetry. "
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    #54Punching Out

    Punching Out

    Punching Out is a poetry book written by Jim Daniels. This realistic fiction book is about Digger's life inside an auto factory. It is first published in 1990 by Wayne State University Press. 

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    Jack Edwards
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Looks like a great book to enjoy!"
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    #55Franklin Evans, or The Inebriate

    Franklin Evans, or The Inebriate
    Franklin Evans, or The Inebriate: A Tale of Times is Walt Whitman's first and only novel published in 1842. It is about Franklin Evan's who wants to get rich but fails everytime he become a drunkard. 
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    Denise Meyer
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "Not easy to follow, but an interesting read nonetheless. Walt Whitman's depiction of Franklin was intriguing but the other characters involved did not seem to fit in the story. I do not see this as a must read."
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    #56Jimmy's Blues: Poems

    Jimmy's Blues: Poems

    Jimmy's Blues is a collection of poems and lyricism written by renowned writer James Baldwin. Like many of Baldwin's works, the poems revolve around race, gender, politics and art.

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    Terry Reyes
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "For those looking for the best poetry anthologies, Jimmy's Blues: Poems is one of the best options available. James Baldwin includes many of his poems including topics such as race, gender, politics, and art and compiles them in such a way that fans of the genre can truly appreciate."
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    #57Broken Mirror, Shattered Personalities

    Broken Mirror, Shattered Personalities

    Broken Mirror, Shattered Personalities is a poetry book about some of the darkest thoughts in the human mind, written by Patrick B. Vince. It was published February 18, 2015 by lulu.com.

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    Humberto Pacheco
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "very deep and insight full , something that must be read again"
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    #58Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth

    Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth

    Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth is a non-fiction poetry book written by Warsan Shire. This feminism non-fiction book is first published in 2011 by Flipped Eye. 

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    Katherine Weber
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This book is a refreshing option for those looking to read poetry. The book has very positive reviews overall and will likely be a good read for poetry lovers. "
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    #59Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well

    Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well

    Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well is an African American non-fiction poetry book written by Maya Angelou. It is first published in 1975. 

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    Kimberly Foster
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "These are pretty good poems! I have always like her style. My children enjoy listening to me read them. "
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    #60Love is a Four Letter Word

    Love is a Four Letter Word

    Love is a Four Letter Word is a poetry book about negative emotions ruling over a person when-in love, written by Patrick B. Vince. It was published November 13, 2014 by lulu.com.

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    Harry Wallace
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Love is a Four Letter Word is a good poetry book. It shows the negative emotions that can rule over a person who is in love. It could be a good way to make someone realize that they are showing these emotions."
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    #61Black Bubblegum

    Black Bubblegum
    Black Bubblegum is a poetry book written by the contemporary poet, Lewis Byron. Meant to be spoken out loud, this collection of lyrical poetry covers a range of themes from sexuality to commonplace things such as caffeine.
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    Dennis Herrera
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "This is a nice little poetry book. Maybe not the best book but worth reading."
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    #62Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair

    Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair

    Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair is a collection of poetry by renowned Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda. First published in 1924,  this edition by Penguin Classics contains the poems in the original Spanish and English translations.

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    Philip Turner
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "There is nothing I can add to what has already been written of Neruda's work that is worth your time to read. I am not a brilliant mind, nor have I the language to express the beauty around that awes and enthralls me. Nor the depth of soul and longing, passion and exuberance. I can only wish that the one for whom I bought this was here with me now."
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    #63Animal Sense

    Animal Sense

    Animal Sense is a collection of poems written by bestselling author Diane Ackerman which is ideal for young and old readers. It also includes illustrations of Peter Sis. 

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    Grace Cruz
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This is an ideal poetry book to have in anyone's collection. Animal Sense is a book full of poems that delight the reader with perspectives on animal's senses (sight, hearing, etc.) I picked this up for my child, hoping it would get him more interested in poetry, and while he seemed to enjoy the work, and the illustrations, I confess I'm the one in the house who keeps going back and reading it."
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    #64Selected Poems

    Selected Poems

    Selected Poems is a collection of poems written by Jorge Luis Borges and edited by Alexander Coleman. First published in 1971, this book is published in 2000 by Penguin Books and this has over 400 pages.

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    Tammy Stone
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Selected Poems is a great poetry collection of over 400 pages. It was first published in 1971 and I love the poetry and the almost now historical views. "
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    #65Womanarchy

    Womanarchy

    Womanarchy is a poetry book written by Khurt Khave which talks about social topics such as body issues, depression, suicide, abuse and infidelity. This includes illustrations by unknown artist Alfred Kubin.

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    Ishan Chavan
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This book could be relevant depending on the desires of the customer. It's very specialized in that it focuses on women so if that's what the customer wants, then this book could be one of the "best." However this book is #3140 in category Books > Health, Fitness & Dieting > Mental Health > Depression, so quantitatively, it is not one of the "best.""
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    #66Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales

    Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales

    This book contains Edgar Allan Poe's most famous works, in the chronological order of their publication. Tales, poems and many other works of one of America's most popular writers are featured in this book. 

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    James Mills
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "One of the all time greats , Edgar Allan Poe. His works are spooky and somber. Some of his work has not aged well and will be tough to follow for new generations but should still be read and enjoyed by all."
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    #67The Poetry of Pablo Neruda

    The Poetry of Pablo Neruda

    The Poetry of Pablo Neruda is a collection of poems by the Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda, first published in 1974. This book includes almost 600 poems by Neruda translated to English.

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    Ronald Matthews
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Pablo Neruda is one of the most famous Latin American poets. Most of them are about love. I recommend reading them in their original Spanish because the English translations lose much of the playfulness."
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    #68Tender Buttons

    Tender Buttons
    Tender Buttons is an adult academic poetry book written by Gertrude Stein. This LGBT fiction novel is first published in 1909 by Dover Publications. 
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    Rachel Johnston
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Early times in LGBT fiction. This adult academic poetry book written by none other than Gertrude Stein will be a welcome addition to your library."
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    #69Contagiously Speaking, May I Eat Your Brain

    Contagiously Speaking, May I Eat Your Brain

    Contagiously Speaking, May I Eat Your Brain is a poetry book filled with dark humor and some of the darkest thoughts of the human mind, written by Patrick B. Vince. It was published October 1, 2014 by lulu.com.

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    Julio César del Ángel
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I just so happen to love dark poetry, so I found many of the poems in this book to suit my tastes perfectly. The poems were deep and I felt I connected to many of them. I was captivated from page 1 and had strong visceral reactions time and time again."
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    #70A Tree for Poverty

    A Tree for Poverty

    A Tree for Poverty is a collection of Somali poems and stories written by Margaret Laurence. This fiction book is originally published in 1972. 

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    Adam Andrews
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "A great steeple of Somalian literature. Always worth a good read! The emotion truly makes you feel as if you were there. "
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    #71Best Poems of the Brontë Sisters

    Best Poems of the Brontë Sisters

    The Best Poems of the Brontë Sisters is a collection of poems from the famous Brontë sisters. Most of the poems have themes of mortality and angst and were published under gender-concealing pseudonyms.

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    Tammy Carr
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This book is very special, i have had a very good time reading this book. I recommend it to all readers who want to have some good time. From my experience in can say that this book is well written and the story that tells is very interesting."
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    #72The Latin Deli

    The Latin Deli

    The Latin Deli: Telling the Lives of Barrio Women is a book by Puerto Rican author Judith Ortiz Cofer originally published in May 1995. It is a colorful and lyrical narration of the lives of Puerto Rican women in America.

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    Jonathan Cook
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "This is an interesting collection as it contains stories as well as poems. All the material deals with living as a Puerto Rican woman in New York, and the multiple means of telling this story create an intriguing tapestry. This is like getting little peaks into real lives. "
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    #73Hughes: Poems

    Hughes: Poems
    Hughes: Poems is a collection of poems written by renowned African-American poet Langston Hughes. Similar to his other works, the poems are about the interaction of black and white people in America in the dawn of the 20th century.
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    Anna Rodriguez
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is a great collection of poems from the black side of America's past."
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    #74The Complete Poems

    The Complete Poems

    The Complete Poems is a book written by Walt Whitman that includes his career development as a poet. It is edited by Francis Murphy and first published in 1976.

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    Janet Wood
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "For those who are fans of Walt Whitman, this book should find its way into your library as part of that collection. For those just looking to explore their literary knowledge, then this book should be of interest as well."
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    #75The Collected Poems of Octavio Paz: 1957-1987

    The Collected Poems of Octavio Paz: 1957-1987

    The Collected Poems of Octavio Paz: 1957 - 1987 is a collection that spans three decades' worth of poetry by the Mexican poet Octavio Paz. This edition includes Paz' original works and their English translations.
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    Nicholas Mendez
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This was not really my cup of tea, but I can appreciate the works of this author. It was a bit interesting and I might pick it up every now and then. "
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    #76The Borderline Between Life and Poetry

    The Borderline Between Life and Poetry

    The Borderline Between Life and Poetry is a collection of poems written by A.S. Minor which will guide its readers through the emotional underworld of having Borderline Personality Disorder. 

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    Bruce Pearson
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I am one of those people who really really enjoy poems. That exactly, is why I really enjoyed this book. This is a really interesting and enjoyable book."
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    #77The World is Round

    The World is Round

    The World is Round is a classic fiction poetry book written by Gertrude Stein. This picture book is first published in 1939 by Shambhala. 

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    Annie Cai
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "If you're looking for some classical American poetry, look no further than this collection that houses the best of the best from Ms. Stein. I read this for my poetry class in college and, as someone who barely knew anything about poetry, found myself way more drawn to it than I'd ever imagined. It even encouraged me to go check out other classic American poets from this time and later on (Beats, anyone?). A game-changer!!"
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    #78Rainy Day Poems: Poems for Kids

    Rainy Day Poems: Poems for Kids
    Rainy Day Poems: Poems for Kids contains pages of wonderful verses and creative illustrations. This collection easily captures children's attention and also brings nostalgic childhood memories to adults.


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    Marcela Peralta
    Written on February 8, 2018
    "Adorable poem book for children. Precious illustrations. Really nice way to mark a rainy day with a good memory for a child. "
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    #79Teenage Years, Best Time of My Life. Not!

    Teenage Years, Best Time of My Life. Not!

    Teenage Years, Best Time of My Life. Not! is a poetry book filled with the emotions and anxiety of the author's teenage years, written by Patrick B. Vince. It was published December 8, 2013 by lulu.com.

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    Kimberly Stanley
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "While this books great I don't think it would be considered a best. I think many teenagers would appreciate the read. It is such a hard age and comedy and poetry would make the awkwardness more relateable. "
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    #80Geography and Plays

    Geography and Plays
    Geography and Plays is a classic poetry fiction book written by Gertrude Stein. This drama play is first published in 1922 and reproduced by Dover Publications. 
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    Bruce Hudson
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This recommendation is pretty solid if you're looking for a niche style of poetry from the 1900s. I am eager to know the style of delivery and structure of the poems."
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    #81UniverSoul Reflections: Poetry Collection

    UniverSoul Reflections: Poetry Collection
    UniverSoul Reflections: Poetry Collection is a collection 5 published and 6 unpublished literary works of Peter Mutanda,  an activist who questions racial bigotry,  political turmoil, and the maladies infecting the lives of Africans.


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    Christine Price
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This collection serves as an autobiographical compilation by the author, Peter Mutanda. It explores capitalism, politics, and racism, as well as everyday topics such as bereavement. Many of the sentiments ring true to today's society and work that must be done to improve."
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    #82The Complete Poetry

    The Complete Poetry
    The Complete Poetry is a collection of all the poems written by the Peruvian poet, César Vallejo. This edition is bilingual and contains Vallejo's work in the original Spanish and English translations by Clayton Eshleman.
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    Joshua Ramos
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "The Complete Poetry is an impressive collection of poems. I love the fact that this is bilingual and affords an opportunity to share ancestral and historic elements of cultures that would otherwise not be available to many. Very interesting poetry book."
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    #83Lifting Belly

    Lifting Belly

    Lifting Belly is a classic poetry fiction book written by Gertrude Stein. This LGBT fiction is first published in 1989  and won the Lambda Literary Award for Editor's Choice. 

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    Eva Tang
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I wanted the best poetry books out there and found Lifting Belly. It is a LGBT fiction book first released in 1989 and has wond several awards. I like the poetry in it, and it has been a very good book overall for poetry usage. Great book."
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    #84Jaguar of Sweet Laughter

    Jaguar of Sweet Laughter

    Jaguar of Sweet Laughter is a collection of poems written by the bestselling author by Diane Ackerman wherein she gives an imaginative intake of the landscapes from Amazonia to Antarctica.

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    Michelle Burke
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This is a pretty nice collection of poems by famous author Diane Ackerman. It's truly whimsical and adventurous, at times even experimental with the techniques used inside. It's sure to awaken the child in any adult. "
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    #85The Divine Comedy

    The Divine Comedy
    Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy tells of the poet's travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise in search of salvation. Before he is redeemed, he will learn the meaning of evil, sin, damnation, and forgiveness.
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    Christian Vargas
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I read an article in the Telegraph that called The Divine Comedy one of the best poetry books. I have to agree with that, The Divine Comedy is the perfect example of a long epic poem. It can still be read for enjoyment, even to this day. It's a classic for the ages. "
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    #86The Wingless

    The Wingless
    The Wingless is a poetry book containing poems written by Puerto Rican author Cecilia Llompart as a part of the Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series. It was first published in February 2014. 
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    Diana Walker
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "I have read this book 2 times now and I do not get tired of it. It is simple to understand and very interesting. It will keep you reading it for hours."
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    #87Eugene Onegin

    Eugene Onegin
    Eugene Onegin is a novel written in verse by the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. Made up of 389 stanzas in iambic tetrameter, it is a philosophical telling of the story of three men and three women.
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    Rose Day
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I don't know if the Telegraph shakes two pennies at Pushkin but I definitely do. He's a magical poet and Eugene Onegin is fabulous."