Book Club: BooksActually's elves pick their top 5 modern poetry collections
When words dance
Heartbreak, supermarkets and the colour blue — elves of local indie bookstore BooksActually recommend these 5 poetry books that reveal the sublime in our everyday experience
"Maggie Nelson's Bluets is a poetic autobiography that feeds off and feeds into themes of obsession, desire and longing. Exploring the colour blue and its many facets, associations, and connotations, Nelson takes you on a personal journey that navigates the aftermath of loss with brutal honesty."
"Werner Kho's first collection is all about loss and its universality. Weaving together different scenes of loss and grief, this new release will tug at heartstrings with its poignant musings."
"Awarded the Singapore Literature Prize for Poetry this year, Samuel Lee's unique voice finds the sublime in the mundane mise-en-scène of a supermarket, proving there's beauty all around us."
"Tenderness runs through We Were Always Eating Expired Things. Lee's poems speak of familial connections, growing up and connecting with each other. "At its core, the collection is built around a very wise line from a Beatles song: I want to hold your hand," and that itself sums up the book beautifully, a collection of yearning, longing and familiarity."
"Poets on Growth is not just a poetry anthology, but a discussion on the craft of writing. 22 poets from around the world share their stories of how they got into writing and what has shaped them as poets. Their stories are accompanied by a selection of their stellar poetry that brings to light different lives and perspectives."