AOCB Favorites: Poetry

By Auburn Oil Co. Booksellers

By Auburn Oil Co. Booksellers

Here at AOCB, we love a good collection of poetry! Be it the lyrically resonant words of Nikki Giovanni and Mary Oliver or the sharp cultural commentary of Morgan Parker and  Amanda Lovelace, we stan poetic verse! Here's a big list of all our favorites, including a few reviews to help you pick your next favorite.

If They Come for Us: Poems

Fatimah Asghar

$16.00 $14.72

Letters to the Person I Was

Sana Abuleil

$14.99 $13.79

How to Be Drawn

Terrance Hayes

$20.00 $18.00

For Every One

Jason Reynolds

$7.99 $7.35

Postcolonial Love Poem: Poems

Natalie Diaz

$16.00 $14.72

Life of the Party: Poems

Olivia Gatwood

$17.00 $15.64

Olio

Tyehimba Jess

$25.00 $22.50

Magical Negro

Morgan Parker

$15.95 $14.67

When I tell you no one has a pen game as quick and exact as Morgan Parker! Unpacking and restructuring Blackness through the lens of everyday staples and experiences of Black life, Parker's poetry doesn't leave you at the table hungry. Peep her poetry and get fed. #homegirlapproved --tyra

A Fortune for Your Disaster

Hanif Abdurraqib

$15.95 $14.67

Hanif Abdurraquib is hands down one of the best poets of our time. If you need convincing, check out his poetry online, then do yourself a favor and by this collection. You'll be so glad you did. --tyra

Break Your Glass Slippers

Amanda Lovelace and Ladybookmad

$14.99 $13.79

We are big, big fans of one Amanda Lovelace! This is her newest release. Enough said. --AOCB Team

Great Goddesses: Life Lessons from Myths and Monsters

Nikita Gill

$15.00 $13.80

Is this poetry? Fanfiction? Mythology? I especially loved the perspective shift on Persophone and her friendship with Heshia! --Katie

If Men, Then: Poems

Eliza Griswold

$24.00 $21.60

an acute and tender travel through America, Italy, and the border-less and border-full conflict zones in the Middle East--as well as through the self of a woman, a human being, in the middle of it all. --Katie

Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver

$30.00 $27.00

A collection of Mary Oliver's poems spanning more than five decades. Her poems are both personal and universal. A beautiful and blissful collection. --Kristina

Norma Jeane Baker of Troy

Anne Carson

$11.95 $10.99

Remember reading Euripides or Homer for the first time--but with the mythos of our not-so-distant past: Marilyn Monroe, Truman Capote, Jack Kennedy. Rhythmic and well-wrought but never pretentious, thumping with the beat of 21st-century ordinary language. --Katie

Pole Dancing to Gospel Hymns

Andrea Gibson

$15.00

A Southern butch's love poems for her person, for her elementary classes, for her estranged mom, and for a war-torn world. Warm, tender, and incredibly smart. 10 out of 10! --Katie

Flux

Orion Carloto

$16.98 $15.63

Poetry about the end of a partnership and healing toward singleness. Simple and good. The Everlane of breakup poetry. --Katie

Selected Poems

Gwendolyn Brooks

$14.99 $13.79

Gwendolyn Brooks' poetry finds power in it's accessibility; she brings renewal to the mundane by shining a new light on the at-times-tedious tasks we've grown used to. Start with "kitchenette building" on page 3. --tyra

Aphrodite Made Me Do It

Trista Mateer

$14.99 $13.79

A woman's righteous anger, a sympathetic, first-personal account of Aphrodite's origin story; and radiant with Tarot-style art glittering with bisexual lightning. Amanda Lovelace endorses it and so do I. --Katie

Milk and Honey

Rupi Kaur

$19.98 $18.38

Kaur's poems were a salve for my heart after a particularly difficult breakup. Her short uet powerful poems take you on a healing journey from painful loss to fresh strength and renewed confidence to move on. Also, there are pictures! --tyra