If there's one thing I've realized over the last two decades, it's that most people, even the most ardent of book lovers, do not read enough poetry. I can't tell you why this is, but I can give you the names of 15 poets you should be reading, just in case you want to fill that gap on your nightstand. The best part is that they're all contemporary, so you can find their collections at your favorite bookstore, and if you fall in love with their work, you can probably find them an event near you.
Look, I get it. Poetry has gotten a bad rap. Either you think it's all for kids, like the works of Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein, or you think that every poem is just too dense for anyone but a scholar of literature to understand. But every poem isn't "Runny Babbit" or "The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere." There's a lot of middle ground, and there's a poet out there for everyone. Whether you like short, sweet poems about falling in love, or long, drawn-out tales of war and famine, one of the poets on this list has you covered.
Check out the 15 poets I think you should be reading below, and share your favorites with me on Twitter!