15 Poems To Read With Partners And Friends

There are two types of people in the world: those who enjoy poetry and those who have never read the kind of poetry they enjoy. No matter which category you and your circle fall into, I've got 15 poems you can read with your partners and friends to discover your love of poetry.

If you think you don't like poetry, don't worry. I know exactly how you feel. I didn't discover just how much I enjoyed non-musical lyricism until the first day of my university Composition II class, when the professor asked us to interpret two poems: "she being Brand" by e.e. cummings, which is included on the list below, and "Dulce et Decorum est" by Wilfred Owen, which is not. I later took a creative writing class with that same professor, who forced us to write poetry until we bled rhyme and meter and feeling all over the place. It was wonderful.

Many of the poems below may be familiar to you. One is a dreaded sonnet, and the aforementioned cummings piece will challenge you if you pause at the end of every line. Not all of the formatting — the stanza divisions in particular — has translated here, but the rampant punctuation in "she being Brand" has not been left out.

Check out my suggested poems for you to read with your partners and friends below, and be sure to share your favorites with me on Twitter!

1"Bleecker Street, Summer" by Derek Walcott

2"Welcome Home" by Warsan Shire

3"Ways of Talking" by Ha Jin

4"Letter to My Wife" by Miklós Radnóti

5"I do not want to have you to fill the empty parts of me" by Rupi Kaur

6"Narcissist Advice Column" by Hinemoana Baker

7"Tonight" by Ladan Osman

8"This Is Just to Say" by William Carlos Williams

9"Confession" by Linh Dinh

10"Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art" by John Keats

11"Ah, Ah" by Joy Harjo

12"she being Brand" by e.e. cummings

13"From the Artist's Sketchbook" by Annette M'Baye

14"America" by Claude McKay

15"Remembering the Plot" by Julie Suk