my favourite poetry books | Lucy Moon

my favourite poetry books | Lucy Moon

December 14, 2019 100 By Kailee Schamberger


So those of you that have been watching me a little bit of time you may know that for a long time I put poetry on this channel. Intermittently, like amongst other things, but I was a real poetry head, and I still love it. I’m so so bad at reading at the moment. I think after my degree I just kind of burned out a bit. And I do banging book club as well, which is me and Hannah and Lena’s podcast, which I will link in the description actually. We do a podcast where we talk about a book about sex or gender every month. So I do read still but I’m not very good at reading for pleasure and reading exactly what I want to be reading. However, I still get asked about poetry all the time, and especially kind of, the best poetry books or kind of introductions to poetry and so I thought today I’d do a quick summary of my five favourite poetry books. So yeah if you’re actually interested in just picking up some new poetry poetry or you just want to try it because you haven’t, these are books I’d recommend. Okay we’re going to start with a really obvious one for me. Anyone who knows me knows that I adore Bukowski, and this is my personal favourite of his, The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over the Hills. You know what I just remembered? I have a really cool Bukowski new poetry book that someone’s borrowed. Oh well anyway, Going to track that down. Yeah, The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over the Hills. Bukowski with a prolific writer, and he wrote so much, and I really get the feeling that he published all of it and so you have to shift through lots of shit. Like he was definitely writing multiple times a day, but… Occasionally in these kind of anthologies, you’re just find something, and it’s an absolute gem and the ones I really like in here, I like I like loads of them. I just love how bleak everything is. He’s a very depressed fifty-year-old alcoholic and it’s just the way that he can make words sounds so sparse and sounds so… I don’t know, It’s just great. As a 17 year old angsty teen, this was the one. Moving on, I’m going to show you The Faber Book of Love Poems which is by far my favorite anthology. I actually studied it in school weirdly. That’s the only reason I have it, but I repurchased it. I lost it and repurchase it because I loved it so much, and as you can probably see like this is worn. Like I have looked through this endlessly. I think the way that Faber has created these is immaculate. It’s got a range of different like time periods, male and female authors, kind of it some stereotypical and like expected poems in there, but loads that are a bit off the wall and I would never discovered otherwise. One of my favourites is called… There’s this amazing poem by Craig Raine called The Onion Memory and it’s all about a divorce I think yeah, it’s all about divorce, but I just adore it and so yeah. This book introduced me to so many amazing love poems. This is so expected anyone who’s seen any of my like Instagrams or Snapchats in the past year will know that when I bought Milk and Honey, I just, I just became obsessed with it. I actually flick through this and read it maybe like once a week at the moment. Yeah, Rupi Kaur is a really interesting poet because I think she got famous on Instagram and then she self-published this I think, I’m not one hundred percent, and then, or published it on an indie publisher and then it got picked up, and now it’s another one bestseller. It’s called Milk and Honey, and it’s all about her life, and experiences and I don’t even know, it’s just such short, there’re almost haiku-esque, a lot of these poems. But they say exactly what they need to say in a really concise and beautiful way. It kind of follows a love story in it’s kind of chapters as like the loving, the breaking, the healing. And I love a format of it as well, I love there’s like little illustrations. If you are into feminist literature, if you are into anything about South Asia or race as well, and they’re like Jaspera or like anyone can get into this I think. I think this is so relatable, so accessible. Especially for like our generation. Next is one that I think some people might think it’s quite obscure for me but um it’s the Madness Bars by Andrea Gibson she’s one of those poets that I’m you can always find on YouTube like most people go and like what sure it’s like not slam poetry, but she’s very emotive when she speaks and My old housemate like showed me this book and it’s me around bought it. I’ve seen her live in Hackney And I just I just adore her love poetry she does love poetry like no one else. She has a beautiful beautiful way with words And it’s [very] emotive if you’re interested in LGBTQ+ poetry if you’re interested in love poetry a Mystical poetry activist poetry then Andrea gibson is the one my favorite poem in this one I think is maybe I need you love isn’t always magic sometimes It’s just melting where it’s black and blue where it hurts the most. I love this so much and Finally we’re going to talk about what I think is an absolute classic. I don’t think I ever studied this so weirdly but allen ginsberg is a beautiful Poet He is A 1950s beat poet and I’ve still got do you know what actually I do and I’m like really Feeling like I need to calm down is I listen to the old recordings of him reading some of his poetry and I’ve got some from in 1953 I think somewhere on my computer and He just has the most soothing beautiful voice anyway. That’s not my first. No. I love those little collection of his I Loved the Poem Howl Which most people will have heard of this, they’re into poetry? And it’s this kind of I can’t really explain beat poetry It’s just like if [you] can see this is very wordy, but it’s very political It’s very visual and it the sound of the reading of the poem creates momentum However, my favorite is a supermarket in California. I just think that is a funny light-hearted They’re like also intelligent Poem about walking through a supermarket in California, and I love California I went there a lot on our agenda because my surrogate grandparents with that it just reminds me of all the weird places I went to you like like Driving through big sur and stuff like that if you want some classic poetry again It’s really political and it again is lGBt Key, + I Think he was gay um and so he was writing about his experiences more politically with his Orientation so yeah, those are the five poetry books So I thought you might enjoy if you like if you want to get into poetry or if you already like pie tree Those are my recommendations And this has really inspired me to go read some parts now on the tube when I go to my musing um, but yeah Thank you so much for watching and I will speak to you in my next video you