8 Poetry Collections for Sweater Weather

Autumn is just around the corner, and that means cooler weather, fuzzy sweaters, and early evenings curled up with a good book. So stock up your bookshelves and keep the coziest collections within reach. To help you find the perfect reads for this year’s sweater season, we’ve selected 8 autumnal poetry collections. 


Autumn Poetry: A Collection for the Season by Jan Darrow (2013)

A poet of the rural midwest, Jan Darrow’s work is deeply rooted in the natural world. A lover of ghost stories and abandoned spaces, Autumn Poetry: A Collection for the Season evokes the haunting spirit of Autumn. 


Summer Snow by Robert Hass (2020)

From Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author Robert Hass comes Summer Snow. With a keen eye for observing the natural world, Hass uses subtle and delicate language (and even a bit of humor) to reflect on the human experience. Themes of loss, beauty, nature, and desire shine in this long-anticipated collection. 


The Heart of Autumn: Poems for the Season of Reflection edited by Robert Atwan (2003)

If the circular, pensive nature of Robert Frost’s “Nothing Gold Can Stay” speaks to you, this collection will, too. A tribute to the reflection and introspection that fall often brings, The Heart of Autumn: Poems for the Season of Reflection includes carefully selected poems and illustrations that touch on the hallmarks of the season. 


Here is the Sweet Hand by francine j. harris (2020)

An exploration of mystique, myth, and female solitude, Here is the Sweet Hand employs the power of observation and imagery. Through this collection, Detroit-born poet francine j. harris unpacks the subjects of Blackness, aging, and artistic tradition. Readers who love a relevant, honest, and uncensored collection will find themselves immersed in harris’s work. 


Gifts of the Seasons, Autumn and Winter by Suzanne Cottrell (2020)

An outdoor enthusiast and retired history teacher, Suzanne Cottrell offers readers an extravagant yet enduring poetry style that celebrates the rich images of the season. Filled with strong, memorable imagery and dazzling language, Gifts of the Seasons, Autumn and Winter is perfect for readers who love to get lost in colorful, swirling, splendid scenes. 


What He Did in Solitary by Amit Majmudar (2020)

An exploration of human history and the heart, What He Did in Solitary is unafraid to face our shortcomings and fragility. Author Amit Majmudar is a diagnostic nuclear radiologist as well as a critically acclaimed poet and novelist. His sharp wit and sparkling language abilities will both stun and engage readers in this collection. 


Autumnblings by Douglas Florian (2003)

Acclaimed artist and poet Douglas Florian is known for his illustrated poetry books for children. Known for wordplay, humor, and a love for the natural world, Autumnblings is no departure from Florian’s widely-loved style. Whether you’re looking for a wholesome collection to share with children or one to hold close to your own heart, Autumblings is easy to love. 


Autumn, Presencing by Liang Huichun and Steven Schroeder (2020)

Author Liang Huichun draws on the 1,000-year-old tradition of Tang Dynasty poets in this collection. With sharp imagery, heart-stopping focus, and a sense of stillness, her poems invoke the fairytale, the biblical image, Greek mythology, and Buddhism. To underscore her work, paintings by Steven Schroeder make frequent appearances. Readers who enjoy a mix of poetry and visual art can revisit this book time and time again.