21 Poems About Heartbreak To Read After A Breakup, If You Want A Good Cry

No matter if you've been dating for years or a few weeks, breaking up can make you feel like the world is crashing down around you. But I'm here to tell you that there's one thing that just might get you through a breakup: poems.

As long as there have been love poems, there have been breakup poems. After all, love is freaking hard, and when you do everything right, it can still fall apart. But one of the incredible things about poetry is that it can take those feelings that seem inexpressible and lay them out on the page. When you read a poem that really gets to the core of what you're feeling, you'll get a little bit of much-needed release.

Of course, breakups are defined by cliches: "It's not you, it's me." "Let's just be friends." "There will be other fish in the sea." And while it's true that cliches can be comforting, I wanted to find you some poems that you haven't read a million times before. Who knows, maybe the silver lining of this breakup will be that you discover a new favorite poet.

So, if you're going through a breakup, here are some poems that are perfect for you right now. They capture all the pain of heartbreak, and give you something beautiful to soak in as you process everything that just happened:

1. "Our Many Never Endings" by Courtney Queeney

Giphy

Click here to read.

2. "Things That Happened During Petsitting That I Remind Myself Are Not Metaphors for My Heart" by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz

Giphy

Click here to read.

3. "Love Elegy in the Chinese Garden, with Koi" by Nathan McClain

Giphy

Click here to read.

4. "You thought" by Dorothea Lasky

Giphy

Click here to read.

5. "This Was Once a Love Poem" by Jane Hirshfield

Giphy

Click here to read.

6. "Movement Song" by Audre Lorde

Giphy

Click here to read.

7. "dear love," by Barbara Jane Reyes

Giphy

Click here to read.

8. "Local News: Woman Dies in Chimney" by Kristen Tracy

Giphy

Click here to read.

9. "Love, I'm Done With You" by Rose Gay

Giphy

Click here to read.

10. "A Pity, We Were Such a Good Invention" by Yehuda Amichai, translated by Assia Gutmann

Giphy

Click here to read.

11. "The Coin of Your Country" by Monica Ferrell

Giphy

Click here to read.

12. "You Are the Penultimate Love of My Life" by Rebecca Hazelton

Giphy

Click here to read.

13. "Red Ghazal" by Aimee Nezhukumathil

Giphy

Click here to read.

14. "Waiting for This Story to End Before I Begin Another" by Jan Heller Levi

Giphy

Click here to read.

15. "I Don't Miss It" by Tracy K. Smith

Giphy

Click here to read.

16. "The Flurry" by Sharon Olds

Giphy

Click here to read.

17. "You Love, You Wonder" by Brenda Shaughnessy

Giphy

Click here to read.

18. "Hyacinth" by Louise Glück

Giphy

Click here to read.

19. "Mine Is the First Rodeo, Mine Is the Last Accolade" by Jaswinder Bolina

Giphy

Click here to read.

20. "Conjugal Elegy" by Valerie Wetlaufer

Giphy

Click here to read.

21. "stop bath" by Kirby Knowlton

Giphy

Click here to read.