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.

Selected Poems

288 pages; Knopf
Fatally struck by a dune buggy on Fire Island at age 40, this iconic New York poet was exuberant and magnanimous, and never took himself too seriously: "And here I am, the / center of all beauty! / writing these poems! / Imagine!"
— Carmela Ciuraru