Genre Benders: Novels in Verse

Cover Art: Sharp Teeth by Toby BarlowNovels in verse, while currently trendy in Children’s and Young Adult lit, don’t often get published for an adult audience as there hasn’t been much demand for them in a couple of centuries. Making such a deliberately uncommon choice in form would lead us to assume the verse acts as a crucial vessel, necessary for facilitating whatever story is being told. Compiled below are a sampling of verse novels published in the last few years. From the life of Shakespeare’s ghost writer to a lycanthrope-invaded L.A., there may be something on the list that interests you. I dare you to read one. Let’s find out if the genre can make a comeback. 



Cover Art: The Marlowe Papers by Ros Barber

Cover Art: Watercolor Women, Opaque Men by Ana CastilloCover Art: Falling Out of Time by David GrossmanCover Art: Triangles by Ellen Hopkins

The Marlowe Papers, Ros Barber

Sharp Teeth, Toby Barlow

Watercolor Women, Opaque Men, Ana Castillo

Falling Out of Time, David Grossman

Triangles, Ellen Hopkins

Cover Art: Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish by David RakoffCover Art: The Wherewithal by Philip SchultzCover Art: The Fall of Arthur by J.R.R. TolkienCover Art: The Prodigal by Derek Walcott

Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish, David Rakoff

The Wherewithal, Philip Schultz

The Fall of Arthur, J. R. R. Tolkien

The Prodigal, Derek Walcott



Great blog. I would add Anne

Great blog. I would add Anne Carson's Red Doc> (2013) the follow up to Autobiography of Red.

Thank you for the addition!

Thank you for the addition! That's another novel-shaped poem I've been itching to read...