Poetry is not just sappy love sonnets (although, if that’s what you’re into, that’s totally fine — here’s a tissue.) But poetry can also be funny, thoughtful, dark, simple, complicated, long, short, interesting and all-around awesome. Like jeans, poetry comes in all shapes and sizes.
Here are five reading suggestions (some of my favorites) to help celebrate National Poetry Month. You can find the full poems on poets.org, your local library or in my head (two of those are much easier to access and understand than the third):