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March Poetry Releases

As the weather warms up, so too do this year’s poetry releases. This month, we’re looking forward to exciting new poetry releases spanning the topics of love, self-care, identity, culture, and memory. If you’re looking to add some new collections to your shelf, look no further. Explore new depths of art and understanding with these seven March poetry releases. 

 

The Rinehart Frames by Cheswayo Mphanza

Explore the depths of diaspora and narrative in this creative and ekphrastic debut collection from Cheswayo Mphanza. Born in Lusaka, Zambia and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Mphanza uses history, language, and art to build and examine monolithic categorizations of Blackness. With layered complexity and inventive language, this collection takes the reins on conversations of imagination and identity. Available March 1. 

 

Black Girl, Call Home by Jasmine Mans

One of the most anticipated books of 2021, according to Oprah Magazine (and many others), spoken word poet Jasmine Mars releases Black Girl, Call Home this month. Race, feminism, and queer identity come into focus under Mans’s lucid and lyrical poetic style. The collection is a love letter to the wandering Black girl and a vital companion to any woman on a journey to find truth, belonging, and healing. Available March 9. 

 

Casting by Robert Claps

The past and present fall under the microscope in Robert Claps’s newest collection. Resonant and detailed, Casting squeezes wisdom and consolation out of the small moments in everyday life. Whether watching geese fly over a grocery store or recalling the innocence of childhood, the speaker couches each memory in a greater awareness of joy, loss, grief, and the experience of living. Available March 10. 

 

Fieldglass by Catherine Pond

Obsession, addiction, and unrequited love saturate this gripping coming-of-age collection. In Fieldglass, Pond candidly explores sexual identity, family dynamics, and difficult friendships. As readers progress through the collection, they witness the speaker’s intense and deeply personal transition to adulthood. Her story invites readers to join her in growing up, loving hard, and letting go. Available March 19. 

 

Barefoot and Running by Morgan Liphart

Softness and healing take center stage in this lyrical and vivid collection from contemporary poet Morgan Liphart. This debut chapbook guides readers into gentle introspection through a balance of powerful and tender language. Barefoot and Running reminds us to look within to find the hope and strength we need to carry on. Available March 23. 

 

The Truth of You by Iain Thomas

Iain Thomas, author of the bestselling poetry series I Wrote This for You, releases his highly anticipated new poetry collection this month: The Truth of You. The collection takes a deep dive into the human experiences of love, joy, and sadness. The Truth of You is, above all, a reminder that you are not alone. Available March 23. 

 

Illumination: Poetry to Light Up the Darkness by Tyler Knott Gregson 

A message of hope and strength closes out March’s new release list. Illumination: Poetry to Light Up the Darkness offers an elegant and simple style to help lift readers’ spirits. This timely collection also includes Gregson’s inspiring photography. Available March 30.