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36 MORE Life Changing Poems Everyone Should Read

I told my friend Anne Marie that I could come up with a list of 36 poems everyone should read to rival Buzzfeed’s list, which was great, but I felt was missing a few important names. 36 names to be exact. Here are 36 heart-polishing poems. 36 atmosphere-shattering poems. 36 poems I love by 36 poets I love. This list is not exhaustive, & by no means should these poems be the only one read of each poet. 


1. Jeremy Radin, “Moon Wasps

2. Russ Woods, “City Girl

3. Heather Christle, “Pursuits

4. Anis Mojgani, “When We Were Geese

5. Annelyse Gelman, “Heart

6. Sierra DeMulder, “The Genius Goes to Church

7. Karen Finneyfrock, “The Owl Cycle

8. Aracelis Girmay, “Elegy

9. Danez Smith, “sideshow

10. Lesley Yalen, “The Problem of People

11. Jamaal May, “There Are Birds Here

12. Cassandra de Alba, “The Bears

13. John Mortara, “Every Night I Call the Cops On Myself

14. Franny Choi, “Bird Watching

15. Saeed Jones, “Thallium

16. Rachel McKibbens, “A Child Without Arms Running Through a Field

17. Angel Nafis, “Angel’s Heart Clowns the Ocean

18. Brennan Bestwick, “Surname Nasa

19. Tracy K. Smith, “Don’t You Wonder, Sometimes?”

20. Rob Sturma, “Christopher Robin’s Breakup Note

21. Nikki Finney, “Cattails

22. Caroline Crew, “The Weather Radio

23. Kevin Young, “from Book of Hours

24. Rebecca Lindenberg, “Litany

25. Shanny Jean Maney, “I Love Science

26. Farrah Field, “Consciousness Enlarges in an Untoward Present

27. Airea D. Matthews, “Hero(i)in

28. Fatima Asghar, “He Huffed and He Puffed

29. Megan Falley, “new york craigslist>personals>missed connections

30. Kelly Schirmann, “not asia, exactly.

31. Emily Kendal Frey, “My Definition of Rape

32. Carrie Lorig, “Scatterstate

33. Mathias Svalina, “The Future

34. Richard Siken, “Saying Your Names

35. Zachary Schomburg, “The One About the Robbers

36. Ocean Vuong, “Revelation

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