There's no worse feeling than getting to the airport and discovering you don't have a book. I realize that by using an e-reader, you can avoid this problem entirely, but for those of us who prefer the printed page, it can be totally demoralizing to have to enter one of those airport bookstores, where all the titles look equally ... meh. Of course, if you're traveling, you might come up with all kinds of excuses about why packing books is a no, but when that long flight is before you, all concern about baggage weight goes out the window. Fortunately, you can avoid all these problems and feel like the rockstar of your next flight by choosing a book of poetry.
OK, so some of these might be the size of a slim novel. Fine. There's still something sort of mystical about reading poems above the clouds. Worried about the distractions of crying babies or hyper-vigilant flight attendants? Not to worry. Unlike the novels or pop nonfiction you find at airport newsstands, these seven books of poetry contain ample and organic pauses — plus they're guaranteed to hold your interest. A bonus: you're guaranteed to finish them by the time you hit the next tarmac.