Find Poetry That Resonates with You

I love poetry! I read and write poems, and I get out to listen to poets reading their work as often as I can. Great poems immerse readers in a moment and appeal to our senses, or share observations from a unique perspective on the world that startle us into seeing things in a new way. Poems can be read repeatedly and savored,  or taken in quickly while waiting in line at the store.

poetry section

Our Writing and Literature shelves hold many poetry collections and anthologies. Come in and browse.

Our library has poetry from all around the world, on topics ranging from animals to zombies. You can read the collected works of renowned poets, pick up some funny poetry for your kids, or check out a poetry anthology to read a wide range of voices in one volume. April is a great time to read poetry or connect with new poets because we’ll be celebrating National Poetry Month with poetry on display throughout the month. Come in and browse our poetry collection and display, or ask a librarian for help in finding poetry that resonates with you.

Topeka is home to many talented poets. Check out episode 55 of our library’s HUSH Podcast to hear Topeka poets Israel Wasserstein and Leah Sewell discuss writing in Kansas and read their poetry.

Our library gets Topeka’s youth into poetry, too.  The Teen Writing Group meets on selected Mondays from 7 to 8 pm in The Edge Teen Room.  Open Mic Nights are an opportunity for youth ages 12-18 to take the stage and share written work with their community. Join us on April 30, from 4-5:30, for an Open Mic Night dedicated to poetry.

Youth ages 12-18 can get poetic with our library on April 28, from 3:30-4:30. Attend Create a Poetry Collage in The Edge Teen Room to create a bookmark, sign, or notebook with words and images that speak meaning.

Follow the links below to view some great poetry for readers of all ages in our catalog, or to place a request.

6 recommended poetry books

Open “Ariel : the restored edition” in catalog Ariel : the restored edition Open “Birth in storm : poems” in catalog Birth in storm : poems Open “The complete collected poems of Maya Angelou.” in catalog The complete collected poems of Maya Angelou. Open “New and selected poems” in catalog New and selected poems Open “Potscrubber lullabies” in catalog Potscrubber lullabies Open “This ecstasy they call damnation : poems” in catalog This ecstasy they call damnation : poems

Do you have a favorite poet? Do you read the work of local poets? Please share your comments below!

Miranda Ericsson

Miranda loves to talk lit! Her favorite reads are poetry, literary fiction, and speculative science fiction, and she's passionate about promoting great literature written by Kansas authors. She works with library programs that support and engage writers in our community, so ask her for more information about the Local Writers Workshop, Great Writers Right Here author fair, and Community Novel Project. Miranda is also a member of the library's Genealogy Team and Fiction Team, facilitates TALK book discussions, and co-leads the Bean There, Read That book discussion group.