My Favorite Poetry Collections of 2020

In a year of incredible uncertainty, one of the few things that brought peace was the reading and writing of poetry. I released my first book of poems, The Year that Stole the Light Away, completed the manuscript for its follow-up (coming soon), and read everything I could get my hands on.

I decided to compile a list of my 10 favorite reads of 2020 as I believe they would be greatly enjoyed by anyone who appreciates the craft. I’ll provide the cover art with links to purchase. I won’t try and explain these collections, as I don’t believe in such things. They stand on their own, ready for you to discover what makes each uniquely powerful. Please note, not all of these were released in 2020 and they appear in no particular order! Enjoy!

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Lean Against This Late Hour – Garous Abdolmalekian

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For the Love of Endings – Ben Purkert

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Expulsion – Emily Perkovich

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Homie – Danez Smith

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Fallen Star Rising – Tara Caribou

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Be With – Forrest Gander

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Night Sky With Exit Wounds – Ocean Vuong

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Martyrs of a Certain Belief – Anthony Desmond

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The Branch Will Not Break – James Wright

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How Beautiful the Beloved – Gregory Orr

Published by Brandon White Music & Poetry

Brandon White was born in Huntington, West Virginia, and raised in Arkansas. An accomplished songwriter, he has released multiple albums, EPs, and singles over the years and has had over 30 of his songs licensed for use in retail stores and restaurants. After the birth of his twin daughters and the death of his father, White shifted his focus from music to writing. The Year that Stole the Light Away is White’s debut poetry collection, published by Raw Earth Ink in May of 2020. White currently resides in Fort Smith, Arkansas

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