Dynamic Poetry Books for Modern Teens

, Staff Writer
Updated April 3, 2020
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Words can take many forms. They might take you on an adventure or heal the despair that has been burning in your heart. Find your words by looking through diverse poetry books for teens. Not only can they help to justify your emotions, but they can work to soothe your soul. Explore several different poetry books for teens with a multitude of poetry types.

Poetry Books for Teens

Poetry isn’t a one-size-fits-all kind of work. Instead, you’ll find several different genres of poetry mixing and meshing together. Some poetry books for teens will have free verse poems, while others will offer a mashup of descriptive, haiku, and concrete poems.

Most great poets use imagery, symbolism, and rhythm to give you all the feels. And to truly grasp the true meaning of some poems, you might want to try listening to them in an audiobook. It is a completely different experience. To expand your poetic horizons, explore dynamic poetry books for teens that will captivate and inspire you.


Beauty Is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability

A compilation of poetry by those with disabilities, this book explores raw human emotions. Through their eyes, you embark on a journey to discover what is truly like to have a disability. Some words are thought-provoking while others voice their despair. This poetry book for teenage girls and boys pulls you into a world that you may or may not be part of through raw, driven, and captivating words.

Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners

Through nearly 100 original poems, Naomi Shihab Nye engages all your emotions through thought-provoking and inspiring words. With love poems to those that inspire her like Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, and Lucille Clifton, Nye weaves her words around in a captivating dance of hope and solace that leaves you desperate for more.



Can you write a powerful fictional story using only poetic form? Yes, you can! In the book One, Sarah Crossan weaves a powerful story of conjoined twins using only free-verse poetry. Not only will it get you excited for poetry, but it tells a captivating tale of conjoined siblings that are entering the world for seemingly the first time. It’s a great book to show the power of poetry!

Blue Lipstick: Concrete Poems

In this unique poetry book, author John Grandits weaves the story of Jessie, a typical teen, through the use of concrete poetry. Explore Jessie’s world through the cut-up and blacked out poetry. The images the words create work to tell the story as well as the words themselves. The weaving of art and fiction make this a unique literary experience teens won’t soon forget.


Light Filters In: Poems

Very few artists are able to put themselves out there like poet Caroline Kaufman (aka poeticpoison). Through her words, teens are taken along her journey of trials and triumphs, including mental health and self-harm. Her inspiring and haunting words helps you to see that light can and will filter in. Your journey is just that, a journey, and if it was always spectacular, it wouldn’t be as amazing. Per Kaufman’s words, “if you could carry all the stars / in the palm of your hand, / they wouldn’t be / half as breathtaking.”

Paint Me Like I Am: Teen Poems From Writerscorps

Read words from others just like you through this collection of poems from teens for teens. Collected from teen writers that have taken part of Writerscorps programs, you’ll find a colorful display of work dancing through the pages of Paint Me Like I Am. Not only will the pieces explore relationships and diversity, but the plethora of raw emotions that make you human.


Fierce Fairytales: Poems to Stir Your Soul

Are you beyond traditional fairy tales? Well, so is Nikita Gill. In this book of poems, Gill takes a different look at what it takes to be a hero. The lines between classic fairy tales and modern times get blurred to give an entirely new perspective to fairytales. Explore fierce fairytales like Difficult Damsels and How to Save Yourself. This is a great poetry book teen girls and boys can really sink their teeth into.

Poetry Speaks Who I Am

Poetry is about your story. In it, you can find hope, inspiration, and clarity about yourself. That’s the point of Poetry Speaks Who I Am. Through the famous words of poets like Langston Hughes, Edgar Allan Poe, and Dana Diolia, you begin to learn something new about yourself. This is a journey of self-discovery through poetic verse.


The Rose That Grew From Concrete

The reason music can so easily capture our soul is because of the poetic quality. Songwriters are truly wordsmiths. In this collection of poems by Tupac Shakur, you’ll see the complex and soulful examinations of a true artist exploring youth, family, love, and ultimately hope. This heartfelt collection is even posted in the artist’s own words. There is always more to a person than meets the eye.

Time You Let Me In: 25 Poets Under 25

Poetry does not have an age. This is proven in the dynamic poetry book, Time You Let Me In. This work explores poetry specifically from poets that are under 25 years old. It offers a unique perspective of love, relationships, and loss from people just like you. Let it open your eyes and possibly inspire you to find hope in the darkness.

The Sun and Her Flowers

Humans are uniquely individual. But sometimes, everyone needs a little help and inspiration to get them through. Broken up into five chapters, Rupi Kaur’s poetry takes you through what it is like to wilt, fall, root, rise, and bloom. Dive into Kaur’s world through her simple but inspiring words and illustrations.

Finding the Perfect Poem

Poetry can really dive into your soul or open your eyes to let you know that you are not alone. In an ever-changing world, sometimes finding words that just speak to you can be the most amazing gift. Now that you’ve looked through dynamic poems, it’s time to create a bit of poetry of your own. It just might be your calling.