ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

5 Amazing Modern Poetry Books for Millennials and the Likes

Updated on June 16, 2018
ThatWallflowerJen profile image

Jenny is a twenty-something-year-old who loves writing novels, poems and articles about her experiences in life.

you cannot make it stay - rupi kaur
you cannot make it stay - rupi kaur | Source

1. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

This first book is a total bestseller. Even as of writing, this book stays no. 1 on the bestselling poetry book list on amazon even though it was published for almost two years now. It was a no-brainer why this book totally caught everyone's attention for it contains modern, straightforward pieces that could tug your heartstrings.

Book Description:

milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

Book Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages

  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Reprint edition (October 6, 2015)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 144947425X

  • ISBN-13: 978-1449474256

  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.7 inches

Book Reviews:

Rupi Kaur's first book, Milk and Honey is the poetry collection every woman needs on her nightstand or coffee table. Accompanied by her own sketches, the beautifully honest poems read like the everyday, collective experiences of today's modern woman. (Erin Spencer, Huffington Post)

Rupi Kaur’s writing echoes of artistry and wisdom which is seen in the work of those that have been writing for years. (Samira Sawlani, Media Diversified)

Rupi’s poetry is simple, relatable, gorgeous, and grounded in the everyday experiences of young women. (Rachel Grate, Hello Giggles)

The honest words of Rupi Kaur leave you continuously wanting more as she writes with eloquence and poise. Her work will send you to past thoughts and realities you might not have known you had.
(Sienna Brown, WildSpice Magazine)

"A must-have poetry collection about healing and hope." (Bustle)

K. Y. Robinson
K. Y. Robinson

2. The Chaos of Longing by K. Y. Robinson

One of the reasons why a modern book can be a hit is when almost everyone can relate to it. And the books in this list are known for that. The Chaos of Longing by K. Y. Robinson is just a perfect example of a collection of poems that isn't afraid to express issues like sexuality. This book is also soaring high in the bestseller list this 2017.

book cover
book cover

Book Description:

The Chaos of Longing is a prose and poetry collection draped in raw honesty, ache, and eroticism. The book explores trauma, mental illness, love, heartbreak, and the realizations from it all.

Some excerpts may be triggering or contain mature content.

Book Details:

  • Paperback: 118 pages
  • Publisher: K. Y. Robinson (May 31, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692649093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692649091
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches

Book reviews:

Amazon verified customers:

"Wow I'm speechless! I loved every last one of the poems in this book. This book embodies the feelings of every human that has experienced love, hurt, and rejection. Hope you don't sleep on this book because it's great."

"The poems are very moving and intimate. I purchased this on a whim. I didn't really know what I was expecting from the book, but I was hooked and finished half of the book the same day it arrived. (I'm yet to finish.) Surely, there will be a 2nd time I open this book, and I'll take my time reading it. Surprisingly, the book arrived in excellent condition despite being packed with 2 hardcover books, and an equally small, paper-covered book."

did it really happen if i can't remember it?
did it really happen if i can't remember it? | Source

3. the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace

This one will make you feel empowered about being a woman, that we can all slay our own dragons and fight our own battles. It's perfect for our present times when finding strength in being a woman should be celebrated. No wonder it was hailed as the Winner of the 2016 Goodreads Choice Award.

book cover
book cover

Book Description:

From Amanda Lovelace, a poetry collection in four parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, and you. The first three sections piece together the life of the author while the final section serves as a note to the reader. This moving book explores love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, and inspiration.

the princess saves herself in this one is the first book in the "women are some kind of magic" series.

Book Details:

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (February 14, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144948641X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449486419
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches

Book Reviews:

"18 Literary Quotes Every Feminist Needs to Read Right Now"
#5 "the only thing / required / to be / a woman / is to / identify as one. / - period, end of story."

(E. CE Miller, Bustle)

"14 New Books You Definitely Need to Have on Your Radar in February [2017]" (Ryan Roschke, PopSugar)

"The perfect poetry opener for any fairytale lover and feminist..." (Kerri Jarema, Bustle)

"15 Books You'll Want To Read Over And Over Again" (Zoraida Córdova, Bustle)

The End - Lang Leav
The End - Lang Leav | Source

4.The Universe in Us of Lang Leav

This next poetry book doesn't need much more introduction, given that it is already the fourth book of the internationally acclaimed poet, Lang Leav. Leav is already well known online for her beautiful and relatable poems and prose that she shares on her social media accounts and because of that she is now one of the no. 1 bestselling authors of today's generation.


Book Description:

International best-selling author of Love & Misadventure, Lullabies (Goodreads Readers Choice Award), and Memories Lang Leav presents a completely new collection of poetry with a celestial theme in The Universe of Us.

Planets, stars, and constellations feature prominently in this beautiful, original poetry collection from Lang Leav. Inspired by the wonders of the universe, the best-selling poetess writes about love and loss, hope and hurt, being lost and found. Lang's poetry encompasses the breadth of emotions we all experience and evokes universal feelings with her skillfully crafted words.

Book Details:

  • Series: Lang Leav (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (October 4, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449480128
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449480127
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches

Book Reviews:

Amazon Verified Customers:

"This book of poetry completely blew me away. The deceptively simple looking poems carry a staggering emotional weight to them. This is an exceptional volume of beautiful observations about deep love. I can't wait to see what else this author writes in the future."

"Lang Leav's work is always amazing and I expected this would be as well and it is. Her poetry is so beautiful and relatable, yet dark and abstract. LOVED it !"

"I have been a huge fan of Lang Leav's books starting from Love and Misadventures. Her books have truly helped me heal through my pain and heartbreak."


5. Dirty Pretty Things by Michael Fudet

Just like his real life partner, Lang Leav, Fudet has his way of tugging our heartstrings and bringing out our inner desires. This book has a very mature take on its poem topics yet the author knows how to deliver its sensitivity quite smoothly. It's a must read for all millennials who are looking for honest and liberated yet very beautiful pieces.

book cover
book cover | Source

Book Description:

Dirty Pretty Things is the international bestseller by Michael Faudet. A finalist in the 2015 Goodreads Readers Choice Awards, his whimsical and often erotic writing has already captured the hearts and minds of literally thousands of readers from around the world.

He paints vivid pictures with intricate words and explores the compelling themes of love, loss, relationships, and sex. All beautifully captured in poetry, prose, quotes, and little short stories.

Michael lives in a house by the sea in New Zealand with his girlfriend, international bestselling author, Lang Leav.

Book Details:

  • Series: Michael Faudet (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (June 21, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449481000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449481001
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches

Book Reviews:

Amazon Verified Customers:

"I'm in love. I really think Michael and Lang are made for each other. They both have their way with words that can hit every core of your being and it's just amazing.

I have two problems with this book. 1) I usually highlight phrases that I loved in a book. The problem is I wanted to highlight EVERYTHING. 2) IT'S NOT ENOUGH. I need more."

"Fun, if sometimes cliched. The rhyme, strong end rhyme, tends to simplistic, sophomoric meter. But this poetry does what it says its going to do. It's a romp, and at its best, has that hardboiled irreverence with simple language conveying quick ironic one-liner approach to this intimately playful look at love and lust. The type of poetry you enjoy, despite yourself."

Those Wallflowers

Those Wallflowers by jenny a. p.
Those Wallflowers by jenny a. p.

Newly Released Modern Prose and Poetry Book!

And for everyone who is looking for a new collection of modern prose and poetry, you can definitely check out Those Wallflowers by jenny a. p. It was released June of 2017 and is available in kindle and paperback editions.

Book Description:

Those Wallflowers is the first collection of prose and poetry by jenny a. p., divided into three parts, this book includes illustrations and modern, straightforward prose and poems about: Love & Losses (Roses), Doubts & Depression (Willows) as well as Life & Light (Dandelions), written especially for people with hopeful hearts and broken souls.

Let us know!

What book from the list have you read or liked the most?

See results

© 2017 ThatWallflowerJen

Tell me what you think! Feel free to express your opinions on the comment section below.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Luis G Asuncion profile image

      Luis G Asuncion 

      2 months ago from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines

      Thanks for sharing. I love it.

    • ThatWallflowerJen profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from PH

      Thank you for your reads and comments. You should really add these books to your reading list. I really love poetry and I personally recommend them. x

    • Fullerman5000 profile image

      Ryan Fuller 

      2 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      I will have to check these books out. I am looking for some new poetry books to read. Thank you for sharing.

    • Kara Skinner profile image

      Kara Skinner 

      2 years ago from Maine

      Dirty Pretty Things sound so good! I almost never think about books of poetry, but I'll have to check this out.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)