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.

William Carlos Williams: Selected Poems

302 pages; New Directions
A New Jersey doctor as well as one of the most inventive poets of the 20th century, Williams wrote deftly about love ("At mere sight of you / my voice falters, my tongue / is broken"), and just about everything else—including plums in the refrigerator.
— Carmela Ciuraru