Updated February 19, 2018 by Daniel Imperiale

The 10 Best Poetry Books

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Jack Gilbert: Collected Poems
Great American Prose Poems
Arthur Rimbaud's Illuminations

This wiki has been updated 12 times since it was first published in February of 2018. Poetry is an art as old as language, as human beings have shared their myths and origin stories in rhyming verse since long before the development of the written word. The poetry books on our list represent some of the finest written expressions of humanity, and include diverse compilations, collections by iconic poets of the 20th century, and fine works by contemporary writers. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best poetry book on Amazon.

10. Great American Prose Poems

9. The Complete Poems Of Emily Dickinson

8. Arthur Rimbaud's Illuminations

7. I Know Your Kind

6. Walt Whitman's Leaves Of Grass

5. Howl And Other Poems

4. Collected Sonnets By Edna St. Vincent Millay

3. Invisible Cities

2. Jack Gilbert: Collected Poems

1. Ariel: The Restored Edition

Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on February 19, 2018 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).

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