Of all literary genres, poetry seems to be the less read, perhaps because of its complex form that makes comprehension a bit difficult. eelive.ng has put together five collections of poems spreading across every facet of life to make you rethink your ideas about poetry.

  1. If They Come For Us by Fatimah Asghar

Asghar confronts the ugly issues of race, sexuality, identity, belonging and being a Muslim woman in America. These poems resonates long after one has finished reading them, reminding one of the evolutional powers of violence.

 

  1. Bicycle In a Ransacked City: An Elegy by Andrés Cerpa

We step into Cerpa’s mind in this glimmering debut collection of poems, as he explores the themes of love, family, sacrifice and the debilitating effects of Parkinson on his father in New York.

 

  1. I Am Memory by Jumoke Verissimo

Jumoke rolls back the hands of time, as she recollects the events that formed and is still forming her life. The themes of loss, dispossession, despair, and socio economic reality of modern Nigeria, spreads across this collection of amazing poems.

 

  1. Things I Wanted To Tell You In Other Words: A Relationship Diary by Seye Kuyinu

Ordinary yet extraordinary, Seye bares it all in this collection in a way only a genius can. Writing about ordinary things, everyday things, in an ordinary way, yet making them appear profound, magnanimous.

 

  1. Your Father Walks Like a Crab by Tolu Akinyemi

Tolu expresses with humour and wit what he feels and thinks, and how he feels about these things. You want to giggle quietly to yourself, while you learn about the everyday things of life like relationships and beauty and love; grab this collection and travel this road that promises not to be lonely.