No More Masks! An Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Women Poets, edited by Florence Howe
Organized chronologically, the poems in this anthology span seventy-five years and trace a concise history of women’s poetry and women’s lives in twentieth century America.
The Poetry of Arab Women, edited by Nathalie Handal
This anthology showcases the work of over eighty accomplished and emerging Arab women poets, including Etel Adnan, Vénus Khoury-Ghata, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Sabah al-Kharrat Zwein.
Not for Mothers Only: Contemporary Poems on Child-Getting & Child-Rearing, edited by Catherine Wagner and Rebecca Wolff
The anthology includes nearly eighty poets writing on topics such as adoption, parenting guide books, and single parenthood, in poems that address the politics, difficulties, and satisfactions of mothering.
Selected Poems by Marianne Moore
Selected Poems includes many of Moore’s best-loved poems, including “The Jerboa," “No Swan So Fine,” “The Steeple-Jack,” and “To a Snail.”
Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein
Published in 1914, Tender Buttons is one of the great Modern experiments in verse.
Collected Sonnets by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Collected Sonnets, published in 1941 and compiling work from over twenty-three years and ten books, is a testament to her twinned obsessions.
The Bean Eaters by Gwendolyn Brooks
The Bean Eaters explores African American life through subjects like home, family, war, racism, and poverty, drawing heavily on Chicago’s south-side neighborhood of Bronzeville.
The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
In 1960, her complete work appeared for the first time in one complete edition, with all 1,775 poems restored to the original, unaltered versions that Dickinson had intended.
Live or Die, Anne Sexton
Her most celebrated collection, Live or Die, is a fictionalized memoir of her recovery from mental illness. Each poem is dated as she moves from the opening lines of “And One for My Dame,” to the closing lines of “Live.”
Diving into the Wreck by Adrienne Rich
In 1973, in the midst of the feminist and civil rights movements, the Vietnam War, and her own personal distress, Rich wrote Diving into the Wreck, a collection of exploratory and often angry poems, which garnered her the National Book Award in 1974.
Geography III by Elizabeth Bishop
The publication of her last book, Geography III, signaled Bishop’s widespread recognition among the general public.
Ariel by Sylvia Plath
Part of the Confessional movement, Plath’s work in Ariel is intensely personal, addressing themes of motherhood, sexuality, marriage, and her experiences with depression.
Voyage of the Sable Venus and Other Poems, Robin Coste Lewis
“The black side of my family owned slaves”: That’s a key line in the first and the last of the poems in Lewis’s varied first collection, whose poems short and long braid her own family history into a wider trajectory from ancient Egypt to present-day Sri Lanka, New York City, and New Orleans.
Innovative Women Poets: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry and Interviews, edited by Elisabeth Frost and Cynthia Hogue
This anthology features fourteen full-length literary interviews with innovative female poets of the previous forty years, with introductions and a selection of their poems.
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution, edited by Alix Olson
This anthology, edited by internationally touring spoken word artist Alix Olson, collects the work of thirty-five female spoken word poets of different styles and backgrounds.
Fire on Her Tongue: An Anthology of Contemporary Women’s Poetry, edited by Kelli Russell Agodon and Annette Spaulding-Convy
This anthology features over seventy contemporary female poets of different ages (spanning the ages thirteen to ninety-one) and backgrounds, including Kim Addonizio, Nin Andrews, Jane Hirshfield, Rachel Zuker, and more.