I'd like to give my 5 bridesmaids a book of poetry each as a gift. Your poetry suggestions, give them to me!
So a combination of hype around Patricia Lockwood
and choosing readings for our wedding ceremony has rekindled my interest in poetry, and got me thinking that books of poetry would be great gifts to thank the 5 women who've been helping out with the wedding, aka bridesmaids1
Unfortunately, my poetry reading habit kind of died when I was an undergrad. I know I really love Billy Collins, Frank O'Hara, Elizabeth Bishop, and obvy Patricia Lockwood now. I am painfully aware that this is a very limited range.
So what I'm after is (what even is the term for this?) books of poetry (chapbooks?) that you've found really enjoyable and inspiring. I'd prefer not to give anthologies, and nothing that's too much of a bummer. Bonus points for interesting contemporary poets and diversity. I'm happy to clarify where necessary.
You'll have to take me at my word that they'd appreciate this - please, no discussion of whether a book of poetry is an appropriate bridesmaid gift.