6 Diverse Poetry Collections to Check out for National Poetry Month - Tuma's Books

6 Diverse Poetry Collections to Check out for National Poetry Month

Fatuma Hydara

April is National Poetry Month, a time to celebrate the beauty and power of poetry. It is also a time to recognize and honor the diverse voices and perspectives in the world of poetry. In this blog post, we will be highlighting some of the most recommended poetry collections by authors of color that are available on Tuma's Books website.

Postcolonial Love Poems by Natalie Diaz

Natalie Diaz's Postcolonial Love Poems is a stunning collection of poems that explores themes of love, desire, and identity. Diaz, who is a Mojave American poet, writes with a fierce and unapologetic voice that is both intimate and political. Her poems are rooted in her personal experiences as a queer woman of color, and they offer a powerful critique of the colonial legacy that continues to shape our world today.

 

If They Come for Us by Fatimah Asghar

Fatimah Asghar's If They Come for Us is a powerful collection of poems that explores the experiences of being a Muslim woman in America. Asghar's poems are both personal and political, and they offer a poignant commentary on the current political climate. Her work is a testament to the resilience and strength of the Muslim community in the face of adversity.

 

Light for the World to See by Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander's Light for the World to See is a timely and powerful collection of poems that reflects on the events of 2020. Alexander, who is a New York Times bestselling author and poet, offers a poignant commentary on the Black Lives Matter movement, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the political climate. His work is a call to action for readers to engage with the world around them and work towards a better future.

 

Poukahantagus by Tayi Tibble

Tayi Tibble's Poukahantagus is a collection of poems that explores the experiences of being a Māori woman in New Zealand. Tibble's work is both personal and political, and it offers a powerful critique of the colonial legacy that continues to shape New Zealand today. Her poems are a celebration of Māori culture and identity, and they offer a glimpse into a world that is often overlooked by mainstream society.

 

Corazon by Yesika Salgado

Yesika Salgado's Corazon is a collection of poems that explores the experiences of being a Latina woman in Los Angeles. Salgado's work is both intimate and political, and it offers a powerful commentary on the intersection of race, gender, and class. Her poems are a celebration of the resilience and strength of the Latina community, and they offer a glimpse into a world that is often overlooked by mainstream society.

 

Golden Ax by Rio Cortez

Rio Cortez's Golden Ax is a collection of poems that explores the experiences of being a Black woman in America. Cortez's work is both personal and political, and it offers a powerful critique of the systemic racism and oppression that Black Americans face on a daily basis. Her poems are a call to action for readers to engage with the world around them and work towards a more just and equitable society.

 

In conclusion, these poetry collections offer a glimpse into the diverse and vibrant world of poetry by authors of color. They are a celebration of the resilience, strength, and beauty of communities that are often marginalized and overlooked. We encourage you to explore these collections and discover the power of poetry for yourself. Happy National Poetry Month!

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