20 Books of Poetry Everyone Should Own

Verse to reach for on a lazy evening—or a difficult day: The poetry no reader's library should be without.
Mother Love

Mother Love

96 pages; W.W. Norton & Company
In this acclaimed 1995 volume, the former poet laureate tackles the fierce, intense bond between mothers and daughters: "I survived / their shoves across the schoolyard / because my five-foot-zero mother drove up / in her Caddie to shake them down to size."
— Carmela Ciuraru