April is National Poetry Month, and RHPL is here to help you celebrate! Take a look at our top picks to get you hooked on poetry. Place a hold on these books and more at rockhillpubliclibrary.org.

1. The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

Fans of contemporary poetry will fall in love with the second poetry collection from #1 New York Times bestselling author Rupi Kaur. Kaur’s journey through growth and healing is divided into five parts: wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. Complete with illustrations by the author, this little book of free verse packs a punch.

Available at: Ferguson, Kirkwood, Rock Hill, University City, Webster Groves



2. Selected Poems by Ai Qing

Though relatively unknown in the United States, Ai Qing is one of the most influential poets in Chinese history. Written in lyrical free verse, this collection of poems documents ever-changing Chinese culture alongside the author’s inner growth in a fresh, accesible format.


Available at: Rock Hill



3. Pale Colors in a Tall Field by Carl Phillips

From local poet Carl Phillips comes a dynamic collection of poems that are at once timeless and timely. This tenderly-written collection is a meditation on the intimacies of thought and body as forms of resistance and is perfect for fans of contemporary poetry and free verse.


Available at: Rock Hill, University City



4. I Love You, Call Me Back by Sabrina Benaim

This new collection of poems from spoken word poet Sabrina Benaim explores loneliness, anxiety, longing, and finding joy in unexpected places. This collection dives deep into mental health, fear, and hope and is as timely as ever. Fans of spoken word poetry will love this book!

Available at: Rock Hill



5. Love: Ten Poems by Pablo Neruda

From one of the most well-known love poets of the twentieth century, this collection is short, sweet, and perfect for poetry newbies. Told in sensual precision, Neruda’s collection perfectly encapsulates passionate love. 


Available at: Rock Hill




Happy reading!