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ReadersMagnet recommends these easy-to-read poetry books to read this month of July.

It’s the month of July and we came up with a new batch of poetry books to read this month. We decided to compile poetry books that are easy to digest and do not require much of your time. Without further adieu, here is our poetry book list for July. Enjoy!

Lunch Poems by Frank O’Hara

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Frank O’Hara was a poet, writer, and art curator. In 1964, City Lights under poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti published O’Hara’s Lunch Poems. It was commissioned by Ferlinghetti but O’Hara was having trouble completing it. The book’s title has something with the time most of the poems were written. It appears many of these poems were written by Frank O’Hara during his lunch hour. The themes and topics of his book vary. O’ Hara wrote about friends, pop culture, contemporary figures, and New York spots. The poems compiled in this book are works written between 1953 and 1964. Lunch Poems is one of America’s most popular poetry books.

The Color of Love by Raymond Quattlebaum

The Color of Love by Raymond Quattlebaum.

Published in 2018, The Color of Love is a collection of poems written by Raymond Quattlebaum. It is his second poetry book following Poetry in Motion which was released in 2009. In his book The Color of Love, Raymond writes about the chapters of life and God’s everlasting presence in those chapters. A book about the landscape of life by Quattlebaum, The Color of Love is filled with energy, passion, and devotion. It hopes to inspire readers about life’s beauty in various phases and forms. Just like his previous book, Poetry in Motion, Quattlebaum celebrates his faith through his unique verses and rhythm. The Color of Love is a light and delightful read for everyone.

Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell

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Pillow Thoughts is a self-published poetry book that gained popularity after famous band Chainsmokers tweeted one of the poems from the book. Originally published in 2016, Pillow Thoughts is a collection of poems about love, heartbreak, and emotions by Australian LGBT author Courtney Peppernell. Most of the poems featured in the book are based on personal experiences by Peppernell. Aside from the bestselling poetry book, Peppernell also published two novels and the sequel to Pillow Thoughts, Pillow Thoughts: Healing the Heart. She is also the author of another poetry book published in 2017, The Road Between.

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

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Where the Sidewalk Ends is one of the classic poetry books made for children. The poems and illustrations in the book were done by Shel Silverstein, a cartoonist, song-writer, and children’s book author. It was published in 1974 and featured themes that common children encounter in real-life. Although this was a children’s poetry book, it was banned in many libraries and schools because of the language Silverstein used in his poetry. However, since its publication, Where the Sidewalk Ends has gained commercial and critical success. This hilarious book with beautifully drawn images has produced audio auditions as well as book editions with additional poems. In 2004, a 30th Anniversary Edition was released.

Happy Compiled by Robin Barratt

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Published in 2017, Happy is a collection of poems and prose answering the following questions: What makes people happy? What is happiness? Can happiness be found from people, places, and things around us, or is it purely internal – a reflection and result of our own thoughts, feelings, attitude, and mindset? Can we really be as happy as we want to be?

Author Robin Barrat successfully compiled 129 masterpieces from 60 writers in 21 countries: Antigua, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, England, France, Greece, Indonesia, Ireland, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Puerto Rica, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uganda, USA, and Vietnam. With authors coming from different backgrounds, culture, and tradition, Happy is set to cover many aspects and angles of happiness that is sure to inspire and entertain readers at the same time. Barratt was able to gather the most talented and influential writers of today to come up with a remarkable work of art.

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