National Poetry Month is coming to an end this week, so before it flies away for another year, we wanted to make sure you know there’s tons of great poetry–and not just public domain stuff–available for, well, in this case, your Kindle. Turns out lots of publishers have been putting their poetry up in the Kindle store. Here are a few surprising poetry eBooks our searches turned up.
Juvenilia by Ken Chen: The Yale Younger Poets Prize is the oldest and most prestigious first book contest for poets in America. This year’s winner, Ken Chen, is a funny, if melancholy, family chronicler. These poems are odd, but spot on. You should read this book.
The Master Letters by Lucie Brock Broido:Brock-Broido is an unlikely author for an eBook: her style is closer to pre-Raphaelite than post-print. But her poems are extraordinary: lush, odd, full of secrets and tricks. This is her second book, from the mid 90s, which takes its cues from a series of mysterious letters Emily Dickinson wrote to an unnamed “master.”
Wind in a Box by Terrance Hayes: Hayes is one of the best poets writing these days. His poems include everything from classical high culture to contemporary hip hop, family to fantasy.
Cascade Experiment by Alice Fulton: Fulton’s poems are motivated by a crenelated intelligence and a deep fierceness. She’s also really smart. These poems manage to be elliptical while also getting right to the point.