Poetry books are light reading materials and they make for perfect gifts this Christmas.
The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
Instagram celebrity poet Rupi Kaur’s second collection of short poetry, The Sun and Her Flowers, is a perfect gift for friends this Christmas. The five-chapter book is accompanied by wonderful illustrations by Rupi herself. The book’s chapters are aptly titled Wilting, Falling, Rooting, Rising, and Blooming, representing the life cycle of a flower. Rupi Kaur’s 2017 masterpiece focused on women and their experiences. Each chapter represents specific themes and experiences. Wilting tackles heartbreak and loss. Falling is all about the loss of an important relationship. Rooting discusses issues such as female infanticide, immigration, and borders. Rising and Blooming embraces joy, finding love, accepting roots, herself, and the rest of the world. The Sun and Her Flowers is more than feminist literature, it is a celebration of life, hope, and faith.
The Color of Love by Raymond Quattlebaum
If there’s one poetry book that I would give my friends this Yuletide season, it would be The Color of Love by Raymond Quattlebaum. It is a collection of inspirational poetry and prose from the author of another poetry book Poetry in Motion. In this book, we witness Raymond Quattlebaum in reflection of love, passion, faith, and devotion. The poems in The Color of Love are remarkable and although quite personal, they certainly inspire readers to look at the positive side of life. The Color of Love by Quattlebaum is a poetry book for everyone.
A Little History of Poetry by John Carey
John Carey’s A Little History of Poetry is a great Christmas gift for all ages, especially for students and those interested in history and poetry. Released early this year, the book features the stories behind some of the world’s most celebrated poems. It also covers a great timeline including poems written nearly four thousand years ago up to modern poems of today. Author John Carey takes us to the minds of literary greats such as Dante, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Whitman, and Yeats. We also discover modern geniuses in Derek Walcott, Marianne Moore, and the legendary Maya Angelou. A Little History of Poetry is both an adventure and an educational gem that will truly make you appreciate literature even more.
Christmas Presents by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Toys and clothes are great presents to give to kids this Christmas. So are books. Christmas Presents: Holiday Poetry by Lee Bennet Hopkins is a great reminder for kids on what really makes Christmas ‘the most wonderful time of the year.’ Best-selling author Hopkins illustrates the beauty and happiness of Christmas. From the excitement of finding hidden Christmas presents to the solemnity and of Midnight Mass and the idea of celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Through the poems and illustrations, readers can feel and appreciate the serenity of the Christmas spirit. The book tells us that the Yuletide celebration is not all about fireworks, receiving presents, and food. It is also about giving and being with family. It is the most wonderful give you can give to children this holiday season.
So Much Synth by Brenda Shaughnessy
Last, and certainly not least, is Brenda Shaughnessy’s fourth collection of poems published in 2016. So Much Synth by the Okinawa-born poet is a book you can gift your girlfriend or wife with. Shaughnessy, author of critically-acclaimed works like Human Dark with Sugar (Copper Canyon, 2008), winner of the James Laughlin Award and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Our Andromeda (Copper Canyon, 2012), which was a New York Times Book Review “100 Notable Books of 2013” presents her latest work on feminity, pain, pleasure, and other human experiences. While the book has nothing to do with Christmas, So Much Synth is a remarkable work that lets us examine and reflect on our own journey in life. Besides, what better way to gift your loved one than with a best-seller poetry book for Christmas?