...Poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then into more tangible action. Poetry is the way we help give name to the nameless so it can be thought. - Audre Lorde
Happy National Poetry Month! Whether you are an avid poetry reader or do not read poetry at all, I invite you to try some of the titles listed below. Try something classic like Fifty Poems of Emily Dickinson, opens a new window or something contemporary like Ocean Vuong's, Night Sky With Exit Wounds, opens a new window. Enjoy!