Reading resources for Young Poets

During this extraordinary moment that we are living through we wanted to put up some resources for reading poetry that we have found and which we hope you will find useful. Some of these have been designed with the Covid-19 lockdown in mind; others offer readers interested in poetry some unusual new voices and perspectives to explore. As with our writing resources page, these are suitable for older readers.  


Natalie Jabbar,

based in California, has been posting beautiful poems and images on her blog Live in the Layers for some years now. Her recent posts are curated around responding to the Covid-19 lockdown. She has an amazing capacity to find unfamiliar poems by well-known names, as well as a wide range of contemporary US poets who may be lesser-known to readers this side of the pond.

Check out her recent posts on Richard Siken, Ada Limón and Ellen Bass.



Closer to home, the Scottish Poetry Library

has been sharing some superb posts in recent days, including this, on the prose of Edwin Morgan, and, curated by Library staff, from the Poetry on Lockdown series, Mandy Haggith’s stunning poem Listening to the trees. There is also a weekly roundup of poetry-related news online and elsewhere, Poetry in Quarantine. Here is number 5. Finally, from their weekly From the Front Lines series, here is Shetland-based artist and writer Amy Gear on what lockdown means to here.  


Words for the Year

has been posting almost a poem a day since 2014. That’s a lot of poems. Check out Dust by Dorianne Laux, Passing a Truck Full of Chickens at Night on Highway Eighty, by Jane Mead; The Eighth Letter (from “Letters to a Young Poet”), by Rainer Maria Rilke.     Finally, here are two amazing poetry blogs which, though currently dormant, have an amazing aesthetic and sensibility:

Structure and Style.

Check out Cheese, by Albert Goldbarth; Antilamentation, by Dorrianne Laux; And It Came To Pass, by C. D. Wright.

People, Planning and Poetry.

Check out Amen, by James Baldwin; The Solitude of Night, by Li Bai; I May After Leaving You Walk Quickly or Even Run, by Matthea Harvey.  
We would love to hear which poetry blogs you are reading and following. Do let us know in the comments section below and we will do our best to list them.