Top 5 poetry collections by women poets

There are women poets whose works deserve more attention all around the world. If you love poetry, you’re in for a treat. Read on to discover wonderful poetry collections written by women.

Every poetry lover and aspiring poet should read each poetry collection listed here. Familiarize yourself with both prose poetry and lyrical poetry. Indulge in their excellent form and content. If you want to be a better writer, watch out for upcoming writers’ workshops on Poetry Club. 

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Published in 2014, Citizen: An American Lyric, is a collection of book-length poems and essays by American poet Claudia Rankine. The poetry collection does not only have traditional lyric poetry. There are poems that integrate several forms of text and media in order to craft a big picture of racial relations in the United States of America.

The poetry collection revolves around tragedies: from microaggressions to the death of Trayvon Martin. In Citizen, Rankine deconstructs the historic and systemic racial oppression in the USA by breaking conventional forms of poetry.

Plainwater: Essays and Poetry by Anne Carson

Anne Carson’s Plainwater was published in 1995. It features poignant poetry and prose from Carson. The poetry interrogates the ‘anthropology of water’ through its intimate bonding with language. 

Readers of Carson’s poems are taken to mysterious towns and a pilgrimage written in her memory. Carson’s poetry attempts to stretch and question the boundary of language while paying homage to classic traditions. 

Words for Dr. Y: Uncollected Poems with Three Stories by Anne Sexton

Anne Sexton’s daughter Linda Gray Sexton put together the works left behind by her mother when she decided to take her own life. The work was published in 1978. 

Anne Sexton herself left a set of instructions regarding the publication of some of these works. They can all be read in a section of the work entitled ‘Letters for Dr. Y.’ 

Words for Dr. Y narrates the psyche of an incredible woman, artist, and poet who did her best to fight in the end.

Bluets by Maggie Nelson

Maggie Nelson published her poetry collection Bluets in 2009. It is in the form of prose poetry – a literary hybrid known for the richness of the poetry’s content taken into the structure of prose. In the entire work, Nelson contemplates the color blue, and how it relates to her meditation on love and grief.

Pag-uli, Pag-uwi, Homecoming: Poetry in Three Tongues by Merlinda Bobis

Filipino-Australian poet Merlinda Bobis published her poetry collection in ‘three tongues’ (Bikolano, Tagalog, and English) in 2004. In this work, Bobis attempts to reconstruct images of the past as she examines her perception of a home. 

The poetry contemplates the experiences of Asian women such as Bobis. The personas of the poems problematize their notion of home in different ways. Asian voices, especially those of women, need to be heard more. Interact with today’s newest women writers at the events of Poetry Club.