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3 YA Novel / Poetry Pairings to Get You Started in a New Genre

Happy Poetry Month Swooners!

Sometimes it feels like poetry gets a bad rap and even though it’s becoming more and more popular with the rise of social media and bestsellers like Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey, a lot of folks still have a hard time dipping into it.

Here’s the thing, poetry is awesome! Most of it has the YA themes you know and love. Here’s a handy little list of your favorite Swoon titles and some corresponding poets to get you going.

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• Edgar Allen Poe

• The Bronte sisters

• William Blake

• Percy Shelley

These go-to goths are masters of their craft and will definitely have you thinking twice about turning off the lights.

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• Pablo Naruda

• Megan Fally

• Emma Lazarus

• Yusef Komunyakaa

These poets know how to turn a few words and phrases into tantalizing, definitely NSFW, imagery. Maybe don’t read these ones on the subway, or do, if that’s your thing.

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• Audre Lorde

• Danez Smith

• Andrea Gibson

• Allen Ginsberg

• James Baldwin

All of these LGBTQIA+ poets break down sexuality, identity, race, class, and sexism in wildly beautiful and prolific prose that gives the reader an intimate look at their lives and relationships.

Your turn, Swooners! Share some of your favorite YA/Poetry pairings in the comments!

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Liz O.

Brooklyn resident, sarcasm connoisseur, pop culture junkie, food obsessed. I am on the editorial board for Swoon, binge reading manuscripts …

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