Book Hunters in Brief #68: Poetry for the Verse Averse

Yes, it's that time of year again when well-meaning poetry lovers insist (always with a hint of desperation in their voices) that you must read some poetry because it's National Poetry Month and it is important and it is good for you and it is fun (despite the fact that it's pretty much a universal law that if something is important and/or good for you, it is not going to be fun).

So anyway, all of us poets and poetry lovers drew straws to see who would be the next Shrill Shill for Verse, and I lost...er...won. Yeah, that's right. I won.

So without further ado, I give you the Book Hunters' Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry.

Head Off & Split by Nikky Finney

The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson & Issa by Robert Hass

Alien Vs. Predator by Michael Robbins

Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson

Sailing Around the Room: New & Selected Poems by Billy Collins

And there you have it: genuinely great poetry that, if you give it a chance, is really entertaining, thought-provoking and--in some cases--just flat-out funny.

For those of you who are still too traumatized from reading Childe Harold's Pilgrimage in high school, visit Book Hunters, tell us what you like and we'll create a reading list just for you.