Below are books I’ve read as well as books “to-read.” My poetry list is first here, as this is a poetry blog, but non-fiction (see following pages) has been the biggest inspiration in my writing.
Abraham, Adam Everett, ed. Sun Ra: Collected Works Vol. 1 – Immeasurable Equation
Anzaldúa, Gloria. Borderlands / La Frontera: The New Mestiza
Asante, M.K. Jr. Beautiful. And Ugly Too
Asante, M.K. Jr. Like Water Running off My Back
Brooks, Gwendolyn. Annie Allen
Brooks, Gwendolyn. The Bean Eaters
Daley-Ward, Yrsa. Bone
Kaur, Rupi. Milk and Honey
Lorde, Audre. The Black Unicorn
Paz, Octavio. A Tree Within
Philip, NourbeSe M. Zong!
Randall, Dudley, ed. The Black Poets
Rankine, Claudia. Citizen: An American Lyric
Rankine, Claudia. Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric
Rumi, Jalal al-Din, Dudley, ed. The Love Poems of Rumi. (Trans. Deepak Chopra)
Smith, Mark Kelly with Joe Kraynak. Take the Mic: The Art of Performance Poetry, Slam, and Spoken Word
Swenson, Cole, ed. Best American Experimental Writing (2014)
Waheed, Nayyirah. Nejma
Waheed, Nayyirah. Salt.