15 Top Poetry Books On Love, Relationships and Friendships

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By Evelyn
15 Top Poetry Books On Love, Relationships and Friendships

Refresh Your Memories On Some Of The Best Poetry Reads In 2018

Do you read poetry? Why do you read poetry books? For some people is an acquired taste, we bet that when teachers at school started teaching you about poetry you absolutely hate it. Later in life, you may have stumble across a poetry book and you decided to give it a chance and what do you know? You absolutely loved it! 

There are some very valid reasons why people love poems or poetry books.


  • Poetry makes you think. When you read a poem it makes you think deeper than any other piece of literature. There are poems that are such easy readings, you understand them with just one reading, but there are others that you can read like five times and still, you can't grasp their meaning. Everyone will interpret it differently because everyone has different perspectives or life experiences.
  • Poetry makes you feel. A poem could really get you emotionally invested. When you read a certain poem it may seem that it was written just for you it's impossible not to feel some kind of emotion.
  • Poetry can give you a different perspective. Since everyone can interpret a poem differently it can expand your horizons widely and help you see topics, like love, in a different way than you're accustomed to. 
  • A poem never gets old. You can read your favorite poem over and over and you never get tired of it. And each time you read it, it gives you chills. The poems are timeless.

We bet you read some amazing poetry books in 2018. What was your favorite topic? Love, relationships, friendship? There are thousands of poems that talk about any of these topics, not everyone is going to interpret them the same, but as stated before, that's the beauty of poetry. It makes you think and it gives you different perspectives that you can apply to your life, to your relationship, to your friendships.

Want to go down memory lane and refresh your memory with some of the best poetry reading of 2018? Here are some you may have enjoyed, or maybe there is one that you haven't read? Take a look.

The Witch Doesn't Burn In This One by Amanda Lovelace

The Witch Doesn't Burn In This One by Amanda Lovelace

This poetry book by Amanda Lovelace won the Goodreads Choice for Best Poetry in 2018. She also won in 2016 with her first book of the "women are some kind of magic" series. In this second book, The Witch doesn't burn, the witch is supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent and now indestructible. In this book, you'll be encouraged to take control of your own story with very relatable poems.

Taking The Arrow Out Of The Heart by Alice Walker

Taking the Arrow Out Of The Heart by Alice Walker

Alice Walker is an author of The National Book Award and winner of a Pulitzer Prize for her novel (then made movie), The Color Purple. This collection of poems was written in both English and Spanish. The collection is very powerful and passionate and intensely moving. It talks about love, activism, hope and above all about gratitude. Through this literary work, Walter urges the reader to honor the divine that lives inside of all of us. 

Sea Of Strangers by Lang Leav

Sea of Strangers by Lang Leav

This new adventure of Lang Leav delighted her avid fans and capture a whole new audience. The poetry and prose in Sea of Strangers invite the readers to go beyond love and loss. It will invite you to explore self-discovery and empowerment while you're navigating your way around your heart. 

Lang Leav has other internationally bestselling books that include Love and Misadventure, Lullabies and The Universe of Us.

Useless Magic: Lyrics and Poetry by Florence Welch

Useless Magic: Lyrics and Poetry by Florence Welch

This is a collection of lyrics and never before seen poets from the lead singer of Florence and the Machine, Florence Welch.

"With more to say, to just write something down and let it stay there, on the page, seems to be an enormously vulnerable thing. And that's why poetry has in many ways turn out more exposing." 

2019 Recommended Poetry Books About Unrequited Love And Loss

Have you loved someone that didn't love you back? Unrequited love is not something we wish to experience, it hurts and leaves us with so many questions, one being Why he doesn't love? We may never get the answer. It's devastating to love and not receive that affection back right? Literature is full of stories about unrequited love (they make great stories to read), and poetry is no exception.

Authors have put all that pain into words, like confessions of their unresolved romance so that you can encounter some sort of understanding of your situation. Here are some recommended poetry books about unrequited love and loss of 2019. We hope you find some perspective and some understanding by reading them. 

1. The Sea In You: Twenty Poems of Requited and Unrequited Love by David White

The Sea In You: Twenty Poems about Requited and Unrequited Love

This book by David White, the human desire pulls with the force and rhythm of a sea tide, emerging from and receding into mysteries larger than any individual life. The poems in this book keep faith in love, in its appearance and disappearance of it.

"When I held your clothes,
you ran into the sea, 
and left me standing,
shocked and still,
under the sailing moon,
listening to the ocean."

2. Virgin: Poems by Analicia Sotelo

Virgin:Poems by Analicia Sotelo

This is Analicia Sotelo's debut collection of poems. She is one of the most promising young poets. She redefines vulnerability, her collections of poems combined unrequited feelings, myth, fatherlessness, and heartbreak with a sense of humor, sensitiveness and feisty.

3. Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong

Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong

Simple titles, evocative and beautiful poetry and full of relatable narrative and tons of clever wordplay. Vuong explores love, loss of all sorts, parental, romantic, platonic. You'll enjoy it even if everything else is hopeless, it's beautifully written.

4. The Carrying: Poems by Ada Limon

The Carrying: Poems by Ada Limon

Winner of The 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award, this is Ada Limon's most powerful collection yet. Here you'll find tenderness, acuteness, and vulnerability. Her poems are serious and brave and they explore with honesty the ambiguous moments between the rapture of youth and the grace of acceptance.

5. Mercy by Shriley Camia

Mercy by Shirley Camia

In the poetry book, Camia expands breathlessly into the magnitude of the loss, her reflections are grounded in grief, as they do the aching, earth-shattering work of mourning and moving forward. This book is a tribute to her mother's passing that will invite you in with directness and generosity. 

2019 Best Reads About Self Love and Life

A lot of people struggle every day because they cannot accept themselves just the way they are. Are you one of them? One who struggles with your feelings, with your body, with the past and future experiences? Poetry can help you let go (if even a little) of that need to be perfect and just accept that what you are is more than enough. 

Here are some poetry reads about self-love and life so you can treat yourself with more kindness and more tenderness.

6. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

This book is full of poetry and prose about survival. It covers many experiences like violence, abuse, love, and femininity. The book is divided into four chapters, each one deals with different pains and heals different heartbreaks. 

7. The Strength In Our Scars by Bianca Sparacino

The Strength In Our Scars by Bianca Sparacino

This is such an empowering poetry book dedicated to all the amazing women out there that struggle every morning to get out of bed. It's meant to remind you of your own strength when you're feeling down or very weak. It can help you heal from past pains and teach you to love yourself.

8. Daring To Take Up Space by Daniell Koepke

Daring To Take Up Space by Daniell Koepke

Daniell is the founder of the Internal Acceptance Movement, in this poetry book she reminds us that we are enough just as we are. This poetry reading is beautiful as well as encouraging and is perfect for you who are doubting yourself and your role in this world. 

9. Your Soul Is A River by Nikita Gill

Your Soul Is A River by Nikita Gill

Is trauma haunting you? This poetry reading by Nikita Gill can help you cope with it. It will help you understand that the loss and sad experiences you're enduring are just part of a process. "Apply to your soul gently, whilst sitting under the starts."

10. Salt Water by Brianna Wiest

Salt Water by Brianna Wiest

This poetry reading is for you who have cried in front of the mirror, you who have wondered about your purpose in life, you who have question your own self-worth. It can help you reach a place of acceptance, to forgive yourself and to give you permission to move forward.

2019 Top Romantic Poetry Reads About Falling In Love

Love poetry books have something special. Poetry is one of the most profound ways to express what's inside the human spirit as it encounters dispair, enlightenment... love. When you're heart is about to fall in love or is brimming with love, a poem is just what you need. 

Here are some poetry reads about falling in love.

11. Love Her Wild: Poems by Atticus

Love Her Wild: Poems by Atticus

This is a collection of short poems written by America's new poetry sweetheart, Atticus. In this poetry book, he addresses love with its highs and lows in a very provocative and adventurous way. 

12. Smoke & Mirrors by Michael Faudet

Smoke & Mirrors by Michael Faudet

This poetry reading will take you on a journey exploring the joys of falling madly in love and the melancholy world or the brokenhearted. Faudet has captivated the hearts of many readers around the world with his whimsical way of writing about love.

13. Her Favorite Color Was Yellow by Edgar Holmes

Her Favorite Color Was Yellow by Edgar Holmes

This poetry book is a tribute to Holmes belove wife. He writes about how it feels to find love, to lose it and to get it back. Perfect for reading in your cozy couch, you'll experience something beautiful and true.

14. Felicity: Poems by Mary Oliver

Felicity: Poems by Mary Oliver

This is a poetry book to celebrate love and happiness by Pulitzer Prize Winner Mary Oliver. She explores here what's it like to fall in love with another human, the wonders of human connection.

15. Bitter Sweet Love by Michael Faudet

Bitter Sweet Love by Michael Faudet

Another best seller by Michael Faudet where in his whimsical way explores love, relationship, and heartbreak through poetry, verse, and short stories.

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We hope you delight yourself with these recommended poetry readings. We're sure they will invite you to think, they will make you feel and give you yet another perspective about love, life, and self-love. Enjoy!