So many poems are rooted in family; some positive, some painful, but family is at the heart of much of what we write. Sometimes, a full collection of poems focuses on the glories and complications of family, and these are so numerous that it’s hard to highlight just a few. However, I would heartily recommend these collections:
The Ice Storm by Meg Kearney
What Happens is Neither by Angela Narciso Torres
American Wake by Kerrin McCadden
My Father’s Kites by Allison Joseph
Arsonist by Joaquin Zihuatenejo
Atomizer by Elizabeth Powell
Scale by Nathan McClain
Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz
…there are so many more, too! These are just some of the books I have either read recently or have stored on my wishlist. I’m pretty sure I could continue; after all, isn’t family (biological or “found”) at the bottom of everything we write, in one way or another? Poetry gives us a chance to explore our history, make it new, preserve it, change it, or reject it—or some combination of those things.
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