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5 Amazing Modern Poetry Books for Millennials and the Likes

Updated on February 1, 2018
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 from

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 | Source

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 | Source

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 from

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 | Source

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. | Source

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.

Book Details:

  • Paperback: 134 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 26, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1548243590
  • ISBN-13: 978-1548243593
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches

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      Jenny Pasahol 9 months 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

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      Ryan Fuller 9 months 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.

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      Kara Skinner 9 months 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.