Four Breathtaking Modern Poetry Collections That Really Make You Feel

Four Breathtaking Modern Poetry Collections That Really Make You Feel


By Olivia Páez (aka @storiesforcoffee)

Expanding your reading horizons is always great because it gives you the opportunity to try out new writers, novels, and genres that you can potentially fall head over heels for. And as the years have passed, I’ve delved into the world of modern poetry, thanks to book blogging which has helped me experiment with new genres that I would have never tried without glowing recommendations from fellow blogger friends. I've found I especially love to read modern poetry on rainy weekend mornings.

Modern poetry is a minimalist form of prose that is most often written in free verse. Some poems can contain rhymes, but many do not. Typically written in free verse, modern poetry tackles all areas of life, like love grief, personal growth, breakups, relationships, empowerment, etc. These poems are generally short in length but pack a punch that will leave readers breathless.

While I’ve only been reading modern poetry for the past few years, I have grown a collection of favorite collections that I believe everyone must read when delving into this genre of poetry.


wild embers: poems of rebellion, fire and beauty by Nikita Gill

Wild Embers is a gorgeous collection written by a talented poet who empowers readers through her writing. With vivid descriptions and free verse poems, Gill writes about goddesses, fairytale princesses, and so much more in a way that anyone can find themselves relating to. Her poems are lengthier than most modern poets, but they are the ones that I find myself returning to whenever I want to reread gorgeous prose. This is a collection that you will flip through time and time again. My favorites are about Greek goddesses.


seeds planted in concrete by Bianca Sparacino

This is a beautiful poetry collection discussing love, grief, nature and science through awe-inspiring modern poetry that captured my heart. By using metaphors pertaining to science, Sparacino crafts an emotional journey through her poems and there are beautiful drawings included in this collection, as well. This is a wonderful collection made to connect with each reader on topics of happiness, falling in love, and simply living life. I cannot recommend it enough to those who want to delve into the world of modern poetry.


the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace

This was the first poetry collection that I had ever picked up, and it completely entrapped me with the story it had to tell. This collection is split into four parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, and you to show different parts of Lovelace’s life. Get your tissues ready because this collection will take you on an emotional journey that flows together like a story would. It will also keep you wanting more of Lovelace's beautifully constructed poems touching upon topics like independence, abuse, love, grief, etc. that is delivered in an honest way that will both strike and empower any reader.


DROPKICKromance by Cyrus Parker

DROPKICKromance gives readers a wondrous look at two relationships through modern poetry. The first relationship is toxic and the other is full of love, warmth, and healing. This collection is perfect for anyone who’s been through a tough relationship because it offers hope that one will find a better, kinder person in the future. It touches upon long distance relationships, toxic relationships, romance, healing, trust, etc. It’s a great collection to read with a warm cup of coffee on a rainy day because it is sure to give you all the feels.

***Fun fact: the poet who wrote DROPKICKromance is also the spouse of Amanda Lovelace, author of The Princess Saves Herself in this One!

Modern poetry is an up and coming genre of poetry that is gorgeously written, minimalistic, and can touch upon nearly any topic under the sun. They are quick reads that will leave you awe-inspired, and these are just a few of my favorite collections that I’ve picked up as I’ve expanded my reading tastes.

(photo by Olivia Páez)

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About the Author


Olivia Páez is a Cuban-American girl studying journalism. When she's not writing articles for her classes, you can probably find her devouring a novel or watching a classic film. Along with reading and watching films, she has a hodgepodge of interests. Some of them include writing, sketching, traveling, dressing up as some of her favorite characters, and caring for the environment. 

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