Staff Picks: Our Favorite Poems and Poetry Collections

April is poetry month so we thought we’d share some of our favorite poems and poetry collections.

Poetry Collections

Dog Songs: Thirty-Five Dog Songs and One Essay by Mary Oliver.

Elise Cowen: Poems and Fragments edited by Tony Trigilio.

If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho translated by Anne Carson

Ariel by Sylvia Plath.

Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith

Final Harvest: Emily Dickinson’s poems selected and with an introduction by Thomas H. Johnson.

World’s End by Pablo Neruda; translated by William O’Daly.

Men, Women and Ghosts by Amy Lowell

Favorite Poems

“From Blossoms” by Li-Young Lee find it in Good Poems selected and introduced by Garrison Keillor

“Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy find it in Mondo Barbie edited by Lucinda Ebersole & Richard Peabody.

“Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe find it in Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe.

“Junior Addict” by Langston Hughes find it in The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes edited by Arnold Rampersad

“Blackberry-Picking” by Seamus Heaney find it in A Child’s Anthology of Poetry edited by Elizabeth Hauge Sword

“I Carry Your Heart with Me by E.E. Cummings” find it in Blushing: Expressions of Love in Poems and Letters compiled by Paul B. Janeczko.

“Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost” find it in The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing edited by Kevin Young.