Poetry in the Kindle store

Poetry in the Kindle store

I do enjoy good poetry
It dances in my mind
It seems like there is mo’ for me
And makes me feel refined


I’m not quite sure why so many people have an aversion to verse.

I’ve seen it run the gamut from people who think it is too high brow and la-dee-da, and those who think it childish and silly.

The truth is, just like prose, there’s a wide variety of poetry, which can appeal to many readers.

Some of it can be quite dark (Poe, for one), and some of it is genuinely funny.

One of the books that I liked enough as a child to seek out and buy again as an adult (I have multiple siblings…I didn’t end up with all the books) 🙂 was

The Birds and the Beasts Were There (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

a poetry anthology edited by William Cole.

It has poems about scientifically recognized animals…and not. It’s a pretty wide ranging anthology, linked thematically, but not necessarily stylistically.

Unfortunately, it’s not available for the Kindle.

Fortunately, though, at the time of writing, there are 79,128 titles in the category

Poetry in the USA Kindle store (at AmazonSmile*)

Okay, that’s only about 2% of the 3,484,407 titles in the Kindle store…but you could read one a day (if they didn’t add any more) and last for over 200 years. 🙂

27,736 of those are available at borrow at no additional cost as part of

Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Breaking them down by category (and remember that a book can be in up to three categories, so the total might not match the number above), it looks like this:

  • Contemporary (2,187)
  • American (12,497)
  • Anthologies (3,113)
  • Religious & Inspirational (6,508)
  • Women (3,081)
  • British (5,198)
  • Asian American (88)
  • Love Poems (2,694)
  • African (813)
  • Ancient, Classical & Medieval (1,812)
  • Asian (1,154)
  • Australian & Oceanian (546)
  • Caribbean & Latin American (1,369)
  • Chinese (108)
  • Epic (1,486)
  • French (865)
  • German (449)
  • Irish (54)
  • Italian (430)
  • Japanese & Haiku (881)
  • LGBT (363)
  • Middle Eastern (531)
  • Norse & Icelandic Sagas (44)
  • Russian (348)
  • Spanish (690)

Certainly, a large percentage of these books are filed under “American” poetry, but I think poetry is particularly difficult to translate. It often relies on very specific sounds and intonation of the words and language.

I have to say, I think anthologies may be the best way to go if you aren’t used to poetry (and perhaps, even if you are). I think you want to be able to…shake off one set of rhythms and move on to another one, which is not as easy to do if the poems are all by the same person.

I’m going to suggest this one:

The Best of Poetry: Thoughts that Breathe and Words that Burn (In Two Hundred Poems) (at AmazonSmile*)

It’s only $2.99, and is available through Kindle Unlimited. It’s 4.5 stars out of five, although it’s worth noting that it only has 15 customer reviews.

I really like the introduction, and I’ve read through the choices. While this is not about contemporary works under copyright protection, it has, I would say, a decent variety for different times.

If you are interested in sampling poetry, this could be a good place to start.

The way it’s arranged, you may just want to read it from front to back, rather than skipping here and there.


What do you think? Do you read poetry? Is there a book of poems (or a poet) you would suggest someone read? Can you still recite poems you read as a child? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

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