Poetry has come a long way since you were scribbling 鈥淩oses are red, violets are blue鈥︹ in crayon and tucking the note into your crush鈥檚 cubby. Whether you鈥檙e looking for serious commentary on today鈥檚 issues, some heartbreak commiseration, or a little recognition that being a grown up is tough work, these poems will give you all the feels. Scroll on for 2017鈥檚 newest poetry offerings, and snag a collection or three to celebrate National Poetry Month.

1. The Flayed City by Hari Alluri ($17): Not only is this collection sporting a gorgeous cover, but it鈥檚 also packed full of poems that celebrate immigration, in all of its beauty and challenges.

2. There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonc茅 by Morgan Parker ($15): If you鈥檝e read Parker鈥檚 writing in the New York Times, then you know exactly what you鈥檙e in for: powerful poems that are funny, empowering, sobering, painful, and so much more. (And if you haven鈥檛 read her聽New York Times聽pieces, what are you waiting for?!)

3. In the Language of My Captor by Shane McCrae ($25): Poetry is politics 鈥 and never is that more evident than in McCrae鈥檚 newest book of poetry, which explores the meaning of freedom though tales of captivity.

4. The Spirit Papers by Elizabeth Metzger ($20): Metzger鈥檚 debut collection of poetry is not the kind you sneak in during your lunch break鈥 unless your lunch break is accompanied by a long reflection on the meaning of life, death, and everything in between. You鈥檒l want to savor this with a glass of wine, is all we鈥檙e saying.

5. Don鈥檛 Call Us Dead by Danez Smith ($16): This newest collection of Smith鈥檚 poetry tackles race, police brutality, HIV, and, yes, even Trump. Keep a copy by your phone to read and refuel before the next round of calls to your senators.

6. Neon Soul by Alexandra Elle ($17): 鈥淪elf-care鈥 is a buzzy word these days, but Elle鈥檚 take on it is anything but superficial. Read this mix of poetry and prose when your body needs a reminder that it deserves all the love in the world.

7. Marvels of the Invisible by Jenny Molberg ($17): This poetry collection lets your science-loving left brain join in on the fun, thanks to Molberg鈥檚 exploration of everything from pesky bugs to life-altering cancer.

8. When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen ($16): Do families exist without drama? Our vote is no (at least not interesting ones, anyway). In his debut collection of poetry, Chen tackles family drama 鈥 specifically his relationship with his mother, which is complicated by the many identities he juggles as a son, Asian immigrant, and queer poet.

9. Map to the Stars by Adrian Matejka ($18): Matejka is a National Book Award winner and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, so you can bet his newest collection is gonna be huge. How huge? Intergalactically so, thanks to his beautiful exploration of space through poetry.

10. My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter by Aja Monet ($16): 鈥淣evertheless, she persisted鈥 may have been aimed at Senator Elizabeth Warren, but this mantra easily applies to the bold women that Monet writes about. These poems are essential reading 鈥 and you鈥檒l want two copies, one for you and one for your mom.

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