Poetry Recommendations // A RAD Reading Challenge


A few weeks ago, I shared the first ever (!!) RAD Reading Challenge and it was met with such an enthusiastic response! This is how I know I’ve found my people on this crazy internet, forreal. Thank you all for joining in on the fun this year— I’m so looking forward to seeing what you read for the challenge!

I wanted to share posts over the next few months with recommendations for each prompt, suggestions I’ve crowdsourced on Instagram, and my own plan for what I’ll be reading.

ps— I know many people are intimidated by poetry, but you don’t need to be! I encourage you to read several of the following poets/books of poetry so you can see what styles you like best. Some are more flowery (Emily Dickinson), some are more poignant (Mary Oliver), some are really down to earth and funny (Billy Collins), some are really spiritual (Ted Loder, Hafez), some are really modern (Rupi Kaur, Cleo Wade), etc. I guarantee you can find something you love in the poetry world —don’t give up!

Here’s the first post — all about poetry!

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Recommendations from bookstagram:

  • Billy Collins

  • Mary Oliver

  • Carl Sandberg

  • Emily Dickinson

  • Edna St. Vincent Millay

  • Shel Silverstein

  • Nikita Gill

  • Sarah Kay

  • Sonia Sanchez

  • June Jordan

  • Nikki Giovanni

  • Yrsa Daley Ward

  • Seamus Heaney

  • e.e. cummings

  • Cleo Wade

  • Morgan Harper Nichols

  • Ted Loder

  • Sylvia Plath

  • Sid Miller

  • Rudy Francisco

  • Cody McClendon

  • John Donne

  • Jeffrey McDaniel

  • Jane Kenyon

  • Hafiz

  • Wendell Berry (I wrote a post on where to start reading Berry here!)

Poetry on My List to Read This Year: