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“Poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence.”

“Poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence.” —Audre Lorde

April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate, we put together a list of poetry books that tell stories of resistance, sorrow, solidarity and hope in our struggles to change the world.  Take 40% off all the books on our list. Also enjoy a free Ebook* and free shipping on orders over $25 in the US.

There Are Trans People Here is a testament to the healing power of community and the beauty of trans people, history, and culture.

Rifqa is Palestinian poet Mohammed El-Kurd’s ode to his late grandmother, and to the Palestinian struggle for liberation. ‘Jerusalem is ours.’

The long form poem is tethered in folklore and personal narrative, detailing the impact of the destructive mass incarceration system.

Merging documentary poetry from the epicenter of an epidemic with the story of viruses in the evolution of humanity, If God Is A Virus gives voice to the infected and the virus.

In his highly anticipated second poetry collection, Doppelgangbanger, Cortney Lamar Charleston examines the performance of Black masculinity in the U.S., and its relationship to family, love and community.

Award-winning poet Cheryl Boyce-Taylor pays tribute to her departed son Malik ‘Phife Dawg’ Taylor of the legendary hip-hop trio A Tribe Called Quest in this intimate collection.

This easy-to-use guide explains how to recruit, nourish, and fortify writers of color through innovative reading, writing, workshop, critique, and assessment strategies.

In this spellbinding debut, Los Angeles–born poet Janel Pineda sings of communal love and the diaspora and dreams for a liberated future. Lineage of Rain traces histories of Salvadoran migration and the US-sponsored civil war to reimagine trauma as a site for transformation and healing.

Krista Franklin draws on Pan African histories, Black Surrealism, Afrofuturism, pop culture, art history, and the historical and present-day micro-to-macro violence inflicted upon Black people and other people of color, working to forge imaginative spaces for radical possibilities and visions of liberation.  

Edited by poet Annie Finch, Choice Words is a landmark literary anthology twenty years in the making. This collection of poems, stories and essays foregrounds essential voices that renew our courage in the struggle to defend reproductive rights. 

Text Messages is the first multi-genre collection by Montreal-based Iraqi hip-hop artist, activist, and professor Yassin "Narcy" Alsalman. Composed entirely on a smartphone during air travel and married to artwork from comrades, Narcy 's writing speaks of the existential crises experienced by diasporic children of war before and during imperialism in the age of the Internet.

Penelope Alegria's Milagro is a retracing of parental lineage, a recounting of the stories that course through the veins of family. The collection examines the effects of immigration from the perspective of both the immigrant and the immigrant’s child, investigating how the act of leaving reverbrates through generations.

An anthology that opposes silence and re-mixes the soundtrack of the Latinx diaspora across diverse poetic traditions. 

From award-winning poet Eve L. Ewing, reflections on race, class, violence, segregation, and the hidden histories that shape our divided urban landscapes. 

A National Book Award finalist, Build Yourself a Boat redefines the language of collective and individual trauma through lyric and memory. 

Powerhouse, world-renowned LGBTQ poet and spoken-word artist Staceyann Chin curates the first full-length collection of her poems.

Award-winning poet and playwright Idris Goodwin interrogates and remixes our cultural past in order to make sense of our present and potential futures.

Citizen Illegal is a revealing portrait of life as a first generation immigrant, a celebration of Chicano joy, a shout against erasure, and a vibrant re-imagining of Mexican American life.

A refreshing, unapologetic intervention into ongoing conversations about the line between sexual freedom and sexual exploitation.

On My Way To Liberation follows a gender nonconforming body moving through the streets of Chicago. 

An anthology to celebrate and canonize the words of Black women across the diaspora.

An anthology of writings by Muslims who are women, queer, genderqueer, nonbinary, or trans.

Original meditations on race, gender, identity, and the joy and pain of growing up, from award-winning poet Eve L. Ewing. 

Powerful, poetic meditations on motherhood, sisterhood, spirituality, solidarity, displacement/gentrification, racism, and sexism.

Before the Next Bomb Drops explores the Israeli occupation of Palestine and US militarism through a poetic lens.

Reflections on the profound influence of poet, educator, and social activist Gwendolyn Brooks through examinations of her life and work. 

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