Best Asian American Poetry Books

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1. Don’t Wait Til I Die To Love Me

Author: by Michael Tavon
203 pages

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Don’t Wait Til I Die To Love me and is a book about the nuances of life and how precious it is. The author takes his readers through a journey of self-discovery. In vivid detail he spills his thoughts and deepest feelings towards love in every dimension.

Tavon hopes the readers will gain a new outlook life while learning how to appreciate the little things we take for granted . Don’t Wait Til I Die To Me’ is such a simplistic title with a nuanced meaning which can relate to people in many ways.

The people who find themselves to be overlooked or undervalued will resonate with pieces like To The Ones Who Hurt Me and For The Misunderstood. Pieces such as Dying Mother and Five Sense will have the readers feeling remorseful towards humanity and Mother Earth.

The purpose of this book is to allow each reader to learn more about themselves and become hopeful on their healing journey. Tavon wants his readers to know they’re not alone. He also hopes people will become proactive when it comes to loving themselves, other people, and the environment.

2. Sincerely

Author: by F. S. Yousaf
Central Avenue Publishing
160 pages

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Sincerely is passionate.Honest.Charming.F.S. Yousaf has beautifully encapsulated in a book what it feels like to fall in love. Madisen Kuhn, author of Almost HomeFans of top-selling Sincerely are saying “unexpected perfection”, “not your basic poetry book”, “breathtaking”, “helped me appreciate my marriage”. Searching for a profound way to propose to his love, F.

S Yousaf reread the letters she had written him. In them he found his proposal, and inspiration to write his own prose and poetry. This is a compilation of letters and love poems that exemplifies the spirituality and the magnitude of how much one person can mean to another.

It carries messages of positivity, hope, and most of all, true love.

3. Night Sky with Exit Wounds

Author: by Ocean Vuong
Copper Canyon Press
70 pages

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WINNER of the 2017 T.S. Eliot PrizeA New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016″There is a powerful emotional undertow to these poems that springs from Mr. Vuong’s sincerity and candor, and from his ability to capture specific moments in time with both photographic clarity and a sense of the evanescence of all earthly things.”-Michiko Kakutani, The New York TimesLibrary Journal 2016 Best Books of the Year WINNER, 2016 Whiting AwardWINNER, 2017 Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn AwardFINALIST, 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery AwardFINALIST, 2017 Lambda Literary Award In his haunting and fearless debut, Ocean Vuong walks a tightrope of historic and personal violences, creating an interrogation of the American body as a borderless space of both failure and triumph.

At once vulnerable and redemptive, dreamlike and visceral, compassionate and unforgiving, these poems seek a myriad existence without forgetting the prerequisite of self-preservation in a world bent on extinguishing its othered voices. Vuong’s poems show, through breath, cadence, and unrepentant enthrallment, that a gentle palm on a chest can calm the most necessary of hungers.

4. Collected Works of Kahlil Gibran- DELUXE EDITION [Hardcover] KAHLIL GIBRAN

Author: by Kahlil Gibran
632 pages

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5. 2Fish: (a poetry book)

Author: by Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo
Ulysses Press
144 pages

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Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Jhen Aiko Efuru Chilombo has developed and refined a method of emoting through writing. 2Fish is a collection of intimate poems (and a few short stories) written by Chilombo from adolescence to adulthood, in no particular order.

The book details Chilombo’s thoughts in their most raw and honest form taken directly from a collection of notebooks she has kept since age 12.

6. Euphoria

Author: by F. S. Yousaf

‎ 129 pages

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In F.S.Yousaf’s debut poetry collection, he writes of a journey dedicated to growth, mental illness, spirituality, and self-reflections. Filled with various topics and powerful poetry, this collection will surely give you different emotions, ones which you wouldn’t experience otherwise.

7. Obit

Author: by Victoria Chang
Copper Canyon Press
120 pages

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Los Angeles Times Book PrizePEN Voelcker AwardAnisfield-Wolf Book PrizeThe New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2020Time Magazine’s 100 Must-Read Books of 2020NPR’s Best Books of 2020National Book Award in Poetry, LonglistNational Book Critics Circle, FinalistGriffin Poetry Prize, ShortlistFrank Sanchez Book AwardAfter her mother died, poet Victoria Chang refused to write elegies.

Rather, she distilled her grief during a feverish two weeks by writing scores of poetic obituaries for all she lost in the world. In Obit, Chang writes of “the way memory gets up after someone has died and starts walking.” These poems reinvent the form of newspaper obituary to both name what has died (“civility,” “language,” “the future,” “Mother’s blue dress”) and the cultural impact of death on the living.

Whereas elegy attempts to immortalize the dead, an obituary expresses loss, and the love for the dead becomes a conduit for self-expression. In this unflinching and lyrical book, Chang meets her grief and creates a powerful testament for the living.”When you lose someone you love, the world doesn’t stop to let you mourn.

8. You Matter

Author: by Poetry of Dhiman
132 pages

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‘You Matter’ is a gentle reminder. A book of hope, bravery and courage on discovering and embracing the inner beauty that exists within us. It is a letter to a weary heart, searching for hope in the uncertain. An assurance that better days are ahead.

9. Night Drives

Author: by Samantha Camargo

282 pages

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Night Drives is a collection of poetry and writing that makes you feel like you’re on a night drive.. The kind with the windows down, music up, and the night sky above you. The kind that slowly opens you up, allowing you to feel all of the emotions you’ve been holding in for so long and somehow helps you feel alive again.

The kind that helps you appreciate the night sky again.

10. No Matter the Wreckage

Author: by Sarah Kay
Write Bloody Publishing
100 pages

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“Sarah Kay is a fearsomely open and generous talent. In this collection she will give you moments so intimate and beautifully rendered you will come to know them as your own. An unalloyed joy from beginning to end.” -Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tony Award-winning composer-lyricist of Broadway’s In the Heights “Nowhere have I found such humble honesty laced with such beauty.

Nowhere, such boundless grace. Sarah Kay writes with a particular and rare magic, evoking emotions we may have forgotten we possess. No Matter the Wreckage is both spare and dense, uproarious and healing. An enchanting collection, imbued with courage, wisdom, lament, and triumph.” -Jeanann Verlee, Author of Racing Hummingbirds 2011 TED speaker (recording has been viewed 3 million times online) First book, “B” was ranked #1 Bestselling Poetry Book on Amazon Featured on HBO, American Public Radio, Huffington Post, CNN.

Com Founder and Co-Director of Project VOICE Following the success of her breakout poem, “B”, Sarah Kay, in collaboration with illustrator Sophia Janowitz, released her debut collection of poetry featuring work from the first decade of her career. Forgive yourself for the decisions you have made, the ones you still call mistakes when you tuck them in at night No Matter the Wreckage presents readers with new and beloved poetry that showcases Kay’s talent for celebrating family, love, travel, and unlikely romance between inanimate objects (“The Toothbrush to the Bicycle Tire”).

11. A Treatise on Stars

Author: by Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge
New Directions
96 pages

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An ethereal new collection that is visceral with intellection (David Lau)Winner of the Bollingen PrizeFinalist for the National Book AwardFinalist for the Pulitzer Prize for PoetryA Treatise on Stars extends Mei-mei Berssenbrugge’s intensely phenomenological poetics to the fiery bodies in a field of heavenoutside spacetime.

Long, lyrical lines map a geography of interconnected, interdimensional intelligence that exists in all places and sentient beings. These are poems of deep listening and patient waiting, open to the cosmic loom, the channeling of daily experience and conversation, gestalt and angels, dolphins and a star-visitor beneath a tree.

Family, too, becomes a type of constellation, a thought a form of organized light. All of our sense are activated by Berssenbrugge’s radiant lines, giving us a poetry of keen perception grounded in the physical world, where days fill with splendor, and earth offers its pristine beauty to an expanding present.

12. When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (A. Poulin, Jr. New Poets of America)

Author: by Chen Chen
96 pages

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In this ferocious and tender debut, Chen Chen investigates inherited forms of love and family-the strained relationship between a mother and son, the cost of necessary goodbyes-all from Asian American, immigrant, and queer perspectives. Holding all accountable, this collection fully embraces the loss, grief, and abundant joy that come with charting one’s own path in identity, life, and love.

In the HospitalMy mother was in the hospital & everyone wanted to be my friend. But I was busy making a list: good dog, bad citizen, shortskeleton, tall mocha.Typical Tuesday. My mother was in the hospital & no one wanted to be her friend.

Everyone wanted to be soft cooing sympathies. Very reasonablepigeons. No one had the time & our solution to itwas to buy shinier watches. We were enamored withwhat our wrists could declare. My mother was in the hospital& I didn’t want to be her friend.Typical son.

Tall latte, short tale,bad plot, great wifi in the atypical caf. My mother was in the hospital& she didn’t want to be her friend. She wanted to be the familygrocery list. Low-fat yogurt, firm tofu. She didn’t trust my fatherto be it.

13. Soft Science

Author: by Franny Choi
100 pages

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Paris Review Staff Pick A Book Riot Must-Read Poetry Collection Soft Science explores queer, Asian American femininity. A series of Turing Test-inspired poems grounds its exploration of questions not just of identity, but of consciousnesshow to be tender and feeling and still survive a violent world filled with artificial intelligence and automation.

We are dropped straight into the tangled intersections of technology, violence, erasure, agency, gender, and loneliness. “Choi creates an exhilarating matrix of poetry, science, and technology.” Publishers Weekly “Franny Choi combines technology and poetry to stunning effect.” BUSTLE these beautiful, fractal-like poems are meditations on identity and autonomy and offer consciousness-expanding forays into topics like violence and gender, love and isolation.NYLON


If They Come for Us: Poems

Author: by Fatimah Asghar
One World
128 pages

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A debut poetry collection showcasing both a fierce and tender new voice. BooklistElegant and playful … The poet invents new forms and updates classic ones. Elle[Fatimah] Asghar interrogates divisions along lines of nationality, age, and gender, illuminating the forces by which identity is fixed or flexible.

The New YorkerNAMED ONE OF THE TOP TEN BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY FINALIST FOR THE LAMBDA LITERARY AWARDan aunt teaches me how to tellan edible flowerfrom a poisonous one. Just in case, I hear her say, just in case.

From a co-creator of the Emmy-nominated web series Brown Girls comes an imaginative, soulful debut poetry that collection captures the experiences of being a young Pakistani Muslim woman in contemporary America. Orphaned as a child, Fatimah Asghar grapples with coming of age and navigating questions of sexuality and race without the guidance of a mother or father.

These poems at once bear anguish, joy, vulnerability, and compassion, while also exploring the many facets of violence: how it persists within us, how it is inherited across generations, and how it manifests itself in our relationships. In experimental forms and language both lyrical and raw, Asghar seamlessly braids together marginalized people’s histories with her own understanding of identity, place, and belonging.

15. Too Much and Not the Mood: Essays

Author: by Durga Chew-Bose
240 pages

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Named a best book of 2017 by NPR, The Guardian, Slate, NYLON and The Globe and Mail (Canada) From Durga Chew-Bose, one of our most gifted, insightful essayists and critics (Nylon), comes “a warmly considered meld of criticism and memoir” (New Yorker), a lyrical and piercingly insightful debut collection of essays about identity and culture.

Too Much and Not the Mood is a beautiful and surprising exploration of what it means to be a first-generation, creative young woman working today. On April 11, 1931, Virginia Woolf ended her entry in A Writer’s Diary with the words too much and not the mood to describe her frustration with placating her readers, what she described as the cramming in and the cutting out.

She wondered if she had anything at all that was truly worth saying. The attitude of that sentiment inspired Durga Chew-Bose to gather own writing in this lyrical collection of poetic essays that examine personhood and artistic growth. Drawing inspiration from a diverse group of incisive and inquiring female authors, Chew-Bose captures the inner restlessness that keeps her always on the brink of creative expression.

16. The Glass Constellation: New and Collected Poems

Author: by Arthur Sze
560 pages

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“This book is an overwhelming feast, a treasure, and more than enough proof that Sze is a major poet.” NPR National Book Award winner Arthur Sze is a master poet, and The Glass Constellation is a triumph spanning five decades, including ten poetry collections and twenty-six new poems.

Sze began his career writing compressed, lyrical poems influenced by classical Chinese poetry; he later made a leap into powerful polysemous sequences, honing a distinct stylistic signature that harnesses luminous particulars, and is sharply focused, emotionally resonant, and structurally complex.

Fusing elements of Chinese, Japanese, Native American, and various Western experimental traditionsemploying startling juxtapositions that are always on target, deeply informed by concern for our endangered planet and troubled speciesArthur Sze presents experience in all its multiplicities, in singular book after book.

This collection is an invitation to immerse in a visionary body of work, mapping the evolution of one of our finest American poets.