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.

The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes

736 pages; Vintage
The Harlem Renaissance poet is celebrated for "A Dream Deferred" and "I, Too, Sing America," but this definitive collection also offers stunners such as the pithy "Suicide's Note."
— Carmela Ciuraru