I often hear from readers who aren’t sure poetry is for them. They find it intimidating, perhaps, or obscure or nonsensical or any number of things. As with all categories and genres of books, you simply have to find the right ones for you. Or sometimes, as the case may be, you need to approach it from another angle.
There are a number of poets who write more than poetry. They pen memoir, nonfiction, YA, literary fiction, and beyond. Just as poets put a lot of thought into the specific words of their poems, they put that same care into their other work, making for evocative, lyrical reads. And if you see that a poet has narrated their own audiobook? That is almost always the way to go if you’re an audiobook lover.
This month the Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club will be discussing The Light of the World, a memoir by poet Elizabeth Alexander. Reading this work again recently got me thinking about other nonfiction and fiction books by poets. It seems especially appropriate to share this list now since National Poetry Month is happening in April. Consider this an invitation to experience another side of poets’ talents. Once you’ve read their fiction or nonfiction, try picking up one of their poetry collections and see if that might opens up a new world of poetry to you.
12 evocative nonfiction and fiction books by poets
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Do you have any favorite nonfiction or fiction books by poets? Please share in the comments section!