ReadersMagnet recommends this recent poetry collection by women poets for May.

Home Is Not a Country by Safia Elhillo

Safia Elhillo is an acclaimed poet. The Sudanese-American poet is known for her written and spoken poetry. This year, she released her latest poetry book, Home Is Not a Country, a novel-in-verse featuring a young girl caught between cultures. Nina takes on an unexpected journey to confront the ephemeral girl she might have been. Nina’s mother grew up in a different land, and Nina often feels her mother does not understand her. Nina must face the realities of life not chosen—the name her parents meant to give her at birth—Yasmeen. Home Is Not a Country is another masterful poetry by one of today’s young poets.

 Trini: My Life of Poems by Trinidad “Trini” Rodriguez

Trini: My Life of Poems is a collection of poems that celebrate women, especially single mothers. Trinidad Rodriguez draws from her own experience, struggles, and journey of faith and presents to us 118 pages of inspiring poetry. The book is divided into chapters, highlighting the different challenges and obstacles that most single moms face in today’s society. One highlight the strength of woman in relationships on Trini: My Life of Poems book. Trinidad Rodriguez uses simple narratives and format, a pleasant discovery, and a breath of fresh air in today’s poetry books. Sincere and easy to digest, Rodriguez’s Trini: My Life of Poems promises to be an enjoyable read.

I Am The Rage: A Black Poetry Collection by Martina McGowan

Martina McGowan, MD is a physician (gynecology) and activist fighting against social, racial, and sexual injustices. She has worked with many underserved women, both survivors and heroines. Last February, McGowan published I am the Rage, a poetry book consists of 30 poems. I am the Rage is a powerful book that shows readers what it feels like to be Black in America today. Following the controversial deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter protests, and the ongoing violence against the Black community, Martina McGowan presents to us a fierce and passionate masterpiece straight from a black woman’s heart.

Sonia Sanchez: Collected Poems by Sonia Sanchez

Sonia Sanchez is a poet, professor, and one of the prominent figures of the Black Arts movement. Since the 1960s, Sonia Sanchez has written poems and articles that remain relevant even today, especially today. Last month, she released the latest edition that contains poetry spanning four decades. From her earliest work, including poems from her first volume, Homecoming (1969), through to 2019, Collected Poems house some of Sonia Sanchez’s most remarkable masterpieces. Well known for her staunch support for Black liberation, social equality, and women’s rights, Sonia Sanchez’s collection of poems is timeless and significant. It deserves to be read not only by Black Americans but also by American citizens of today.

The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman

Amanda Gorman wowed the American nation and the world with her poem “The Hill We Climb,” which she read at the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden. Gorman is the youngest presidential inaugural poet in the history of the United States. This coming September, everyone will have a chance to relive Amanda Gorman’s breakout poetry as well as a collection of her other pieces in a book entitled The Hill We Climb and Other Poems. The collection promises to take readers on a whole new journey through one of the nation’s youngest and unforgettable voice. The Hill We Climb, just like President Joe Biden’s election, is certainly worth the wait.