10 New poetry collections you need to read in 2020

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Poetry has a special way of transporting you to a place of introspection and acceptance while also giving you all the feels. If you’re ready to be inspired and spend some time with the best new poems of the year, get your hands on these amazing 2020 poetry collections.

Swimming Lessons by Lili Reinhart

Riverdale actress Lili Reinhart puts her poetry skills on display with her debut publication Swimming Lessons. The short poems in this new collection take on topics of battling anxiety and depression, young love and heartbreak. This book also gives readers a better look at the life of a young woman in the spotlight.


break your glass slippers by Amanda Lovelace

Bestselling author and beloved poet Amanda Lovelace returns in 2020 with her new poetry collection break your glass slippers. The first installment in a new series, this collection inspires and empowers readers to love themselves and realize that in the story of your own life, you are the most important character.


If Men, Then by Eliza Griswold

Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and writer Eliza Griswold releases her second poetry collection in 2020, charting her experiences in a world full of trends, celebrity and ego. Viewing the world as a tragedy, this poetry collection serves as something like a necessary reality check.


I Hope You Stay by Courtney Peppernell

She Reads Guest Editor and the bestselling author of Pillow Thoughts, Courtney Peppernell brings fans a brand new collection of poetry in 2020. I Hope You Stay covers topics from heartbreak to healing and finding new love. As always, this book continues Peppernell’s positive message of resilience.


Sincerely, by F.S. Yousaf

F.S. Yousaf’s second poetry collection brings readers poems and love letters that prove how beautiful human connection can be. Sincerely, is a book about positivity and keeping faith.


Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz

American Book Award winner Natalie Diaz returns in 2020 with a new impactful poetry collection. With poems that focus on the hardships indigenous people have faced in America, each page is filled with raw emotion and important messages. Added poems about the bodies of Latinx, black and brown women make this collection an empowering must-read.


We Inherit What the Fires Left by William Evans

William Evans’s intimate and emotional poetry collection We Inherit What the Fires Left comments on important themes about dreams and the things, both good and bad, that are passed down to us generation after generation. This book gives readers new insights into what it is to be a black man in our current world.


The Absurd Man by Major Jackson

Major Jackson’s new poetry collection is a call for finding stability in a world that is often shaky. Inspired by Myth of Sisyphus, this book of poems forces Jackson to confront his past, heartbreaks and the loss he has encountered – a must-read for anyone looking for closure in their own lives.


Pale Colors in a Tall Field by Carl Phillips

This new collection by Carl Phillips examines the complexities of memories. Through his poetry, he brings forth the idea that memories are like colors – the best moments are a vivid shade while the memories that fade faster are always a bit paler. Pale Colors in a Tall Field is a relatable journey about the ways our lives are always changing.


Obit by Victoria Chang

After the death of Victoria Chang’s mother, she had a hard time writing anything that resembled an elegy. Instead, Chang took to writing poetry in the form of obituaries. In Obit, readers get to know Chang through the loss she has encountered as she writes an obituary for all the things she has lost in life.

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Ashley Johnson

Content Editor + Producer

Ashley has always been a writer at heart, receiving a diary from her mother at a very young age. Supportive book-buying parents influenced her love of literature and storytelling as she grew up. Her love for songwriting led the way to creating short stories and the start of her own blog where she documented her life as a college student. A fan of dark plot lines, Ashley picked up Stephen King’s It and never looked back. When she is not working on her first novel or new story ideas, Ashley can be found curled up with her rescue chihuahuas or exploring breathtaking locations throughout the US.

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