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13 Poetry Chapbooks Every Twenty-Something Should Be Reading

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Portrait Of The Alcoholic

Portrait Of The Alcoholic

Sibling Rivalry Press
Kaveh Akbar’s poems appear in The New Yorker, PBS NewsHour, and The Harvard Review. Named Best New Poets of 2016. His chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic, is out with Sibling Rivalry Press.

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Released: Jan 26, 2017

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Your Soul is a River

Your Soul is a River

Thought Catalog

With Nikita Gill's new book, Your Soul Is A River, one can expect to be blown away. Her words are encompassed with courage and the understanding of love and pain.
The author is also known for Your Body Is An Ocean, a chapbook that came out in 2012.

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Released Date: May 5th 2016

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I Am More Than A Daydream

I Am More Than A Daydream

Amazon

Jennae Cecelia has been floating around the poetry world for a while. With two previously published chapbooks Uncaged Wallflower and Bright Minds Empty Soul. I Am More Than A Daydream is her latest work to grace the world. A beautiful and thoughtful collection where with every word you can hear her voice shine through.

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Released Date: April 15, 2017

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Midnight Fog

Midnight Fog

Barnes&Noble

New to the scene, A.Y. Greyson has quickly garnered a following on Facebook and Instagram. With a piece much darker than her contemporaries, Midnight Fog reads like a memory. Following experiences we have all lived though. Midnight Fog takes the bad and conveys into words.

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Released Date: December 21, 2016

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You Broke Me Open

You Broke Me Open

Thought Catalog

Reading Brynn’s poetry is like reading the diary you never took the time to write. She starts by confessing how she never told the truth in her own childhood diary, to telling the completely candid tale of her lost lover and her journey to finding her true self. (You Broke Me) Open is a thought-provoking introspective journey.

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Released Date: April 21, 2017

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Between My Bleeding Lines

Between My Bleeding Lines

Amazon

Between My Bleeding Lines is a collection of 100 free verse poems about love and loss and finding yourself in the process. The art of loving, the pain of losing, and the beauty of healing are shown in the book's three chapters: For Granted, Forgotten and Forbearer.

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Released Date: April 23, 2017

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The Fourth Wave

The Fourth Wave

Dancing Girl Press

Diehl's work holds an old wold charm meets the future. With a new book coming out called Putting On Mourning for Aelis, it's being released by typewriter.city a micropress company .

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Released Date: Jan 2017

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How To Break Your Own Heart

How To Break Your Own Heart

Dancing Girl Press

Sarah T. Jewell has been previously published in Bird’s Thumb, Halfway Down the Stairs, Cross Poetry Review, and elsewhere. Her poem “A Prayer for Provenance” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015 by the editors of Bird's Thumb.

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Release Date: Jan, 2017

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Broken Wishbones And Empty Spaces

Broken Wishbones And Empty Spaces

Amazon

Pyrokardia is a Nigerian-based poet who brings a diverse voice to the world of spoken word. Exuding wisdom far beyond his years, his poems focus on love, relationships, and battle that comes with the process. With over 40k Instagram followers, he is among the more popular instapoets.

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Release Date: Jan 22, 2017

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Skin Splitting

Skin Splitting

Finishing Line Press

Bryanna Licciardi is currently pursuing a PhD in literacy studies. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and has had work appear in such journals as Poetry Quarterly, Adirondack Review, and Cleaver Magazine. Skin Splitting is her first chapbook that deal with confession, perspective, and obsession.

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Release Date: August 18, 2017

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Arrow Songs

Arrow Songs

Paper Nautilus

"Arrow Songs is what becomes of Cupid's arrow once the target has been hit and the flesh is open to receive..."---Arisa White

Koester is the author of four chapbooks, Marco Polo (Hermeneutic Chaos Press), Arrow Songs (Paper Nautilus Press) which was one of the winners of the Vella Chapbook Contest, Year of the Dogs (Back to Print), and Apples or Pomegranates forthcoming with Porkbelly Press. Anita has won the So to Speak's Annual Poetry Contest, Midwestern Gothic's 2016 Lake Prize for Poetry, and the 38th Annual Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Award. Her writing has been nominated for Best New Poets and Pushcart Prizes.

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Released Date: April 28, 2017

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Sometimes Cool Things Are Terrible

Sometimes Cool Things Are Terrible

Maudlin House Press

Sometimes Cool Things Are Terrible is Dissinger's second work of poetry. This chapbook finds the balance between the somber and the alluring. The title speaks for itself. Dissinger writes with emotion and conveys the beauty that sometimes rises from torment.

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Released Date: December 21, 2016

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Memory of a Girl

Memory of a Girl

Backbone Press

In Memory of a Girl, memory loss is magnified through narrative poems wrought with intimate, familial Japanese terms & cultural customs. There’s the anguish of witnessing and caring for someone losing memories, but along with despair and frustration, Brockman extols the grace, bond, and strength that lingers through debilitation. She is an elegant storyteller.

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Released Date: September 1, 2016