Fairies and Fusiliers – Robert Graves
Graves will always hold a special place in my heart, because I did heavy research on his poetry and trauma while in undergrad. Fairies and Fusiliers is hardly his most popular book, but it’s always been my favourite.
peluda – Melissa Lozada-Oliva
Melissa was one of the first contemporary poets I stumbled across, and I’ll always be grateful to peluda for showing me such a powerful collection at a time when I’d read little beyond the standard canon.
Will You Still Love Me If I Love Her? – Elfie
I’m lucky enough to call Elfie a friend, but her chapbook took on a life all its own when I read it. This collection left me with one of the most emotional responses I’ve ever had in reading a book of poetry!
The Stick Soldiers – Hugh Martin
Another friend, Hugh was one of the first people I met in the lit world and encouraged me from the start. Reading The Stick Soldiers was absolutely pivotal in my even considering publishing myself!
Lizzie, Speak – Kailey Tedesco
This book first caught my eye scrolling through Twitter because of a long-standing interest in Lizzie Borden’s story. Kailey presents it beautifully in these poems, making Lizzie, Speak a must whenever I recommend recent books of poetry!
Juliette Sebock is the author of Mistakes Were Made and Micro and has work forthcoming or appearing in a wide variety of publications. She is the founding editor of Nightingale & Sparrow, runs a lifestyle blog, For the Sake of Good Taste, and is a regular contributor with Marías at Sampaguitas and Royal Rose, as well as The Poetry Question. Currently, she is curating the Screaming from the Silence anthology and working on a variety of personal and freelance projects. When she isn’t writing (and sometimes when she is), she can be found with a cup of coffee and her cat, Fitz. Juliette can be reached on her website or across social media @juliettesebock.