My Top Poetry Books – Part 2

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Here we are again!

As April comes to a close this is part 2 of my favourite poetry books.

1. Chaser of the Light: Poems from the Typewriter Series by Tyler Knott Gregson

I saw this book in passing while exiting the book store and I am glad it caught my attention. According to the author, Gregson, he found a typewriter in a store and fell in love. The moment his fingers touched the keys words flowed out and poems were born. I enjoyed reading his poetry and looking at the photography that accompanied it. Gregson’s poems are lovely, simple and true. Let’s just say if you wanted to win someone’s heart, quote a Gregson poem.

Do you think it possible/that some people/are born to give/more love/than they will ever/get back/in return?

2. Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer by Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou is a force with the pen and I am sorry that she is no longer here on this planet, but her wisdom lives on in the words she left behind. I’m glad I had to opportunity to hear her speak in person when she came to my hometown. Anyways, this is a collection of the poems Angelou wrote for various events and people. She does a great job of personalizing the poems to fit the situation and one is left feeling uplifted.

Notable poems to check out: “Mother: A Cradle to Hold Me” and “Continue”

3. B by Sarah Kay

This is Sarah Kay’s spoken word in written format. If you are looking a gift for your mom this Mother’s Day check out this poem. It is beautifully written poem demonstrates the lessons mothers share with their daughters.

Best Line:

She’s gonna learn that this life will hit you, hard, in the face, wait for you to get back up so it can kick you in the stomach. But getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to remind your lungs how much they like the taste of air.

Here is the link to watch Kay’s spoken word on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3cBk8Qn-Rk

4. Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me by Daniel Beaty

When I started reading this poem I felt as if I was familiar with the work already. I was right, I had heard of this poem before from a Def Jam Poetry video I saw from Youtube with the same title. This book is a reinterpretation of the Def Jam spoken word version as it is presented for children. The poem underlines the sad reality, for so many of young men and women growing up fatherless. The illustrations are layered and effective.

Here is a link to the Youtube spoken word video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXQ2eRHklDc

That’s all for now. Happy reading!