6 Subscription Boxes for Poetry Lovers
Do you ever wish amazing, handpicked poetry collections came right to your door? With poetry entering the growing subscription box craze, this literary fantasy could be your new reality. Look forward to poetry every month and liven up your mailbox with these six special and well-curated offerings.
1. Signed Poetry First Edition Subscription from The Second Shelf
Subscription boxes can be a fantastic and accessible way to support indie bookstores. The Second Shelf, a London bookstore devoted to rare, antique books by women and nonbinary authors, has a 12-month, poetry-focused subscription box to help you do just that. As its title suggests, this subscription box selects only first editions, meaning the collections you receive will be unique and provide your shelf with a pop of classic, archival charm. Sold for £20 a month—the equivalent of $27.66—these gorgeous subscription boxes also come wrapped in vintage paper or ribbon for a special and personal touch.
In addition to its work as a leading literary magazine, The Rumpus also contributes to the writerly community through its poetry book club. With this $30-per-month subscription service, poetry lovers get early access to a forthcoming, highly anticipated title in the genre. Unlike many subscription services, The Rumpus also has an interactive component: All subscribers are welcome to participate in a conversation with other members and the collection’s author. Previously, this poetry book club has featured titles by Kaveh Akbar, Tracy K. Smith, Jericho Brown, and other beloved, pioneering voices.
Charming indie bookstore A Room of One’s Own, located in Madison, Wis., offers 6-month poetry subscription boxes for $150 and a 12-month option for $280. These titles, hand-picked by a bookseller, will either be poetry collections or poetry anthologies. In order to be matched with the best books for them, subscribers can fill out a Google form with information like their favorite poets, favorite Netflix shows, and the books currently on their nightstand.
Sometimes less is more. Following this mantra, Poems by Post sends subscribers the perfect microdose of poetry. Each month, subscribers get a new, illustrated poem hand-typed on a vintage typewriter and presented on high-quality, recycled paper. Along with this tangible and elegant treat, Poems by Post gifts a video reading of the poem by the poet themself.
Looking to stock up your writing station with some much-needed tools? Scribe Delivery is the ideal subscription service for fans of stunning stationery. A simple premise drives this $29 monthly box: If writers have beautiful pens and notebooks, they’ll be inspired to use them to create beautiful work.
5. Monthly Magic Book Subscription from Books Are Magic
With 182,000 Instagram followers, it’s safe to say that Brooklyn-based Books Are Magic is one of the most iconic indies in the U.S. For just over $20 a month, now all poetry lovers can indulge in their bookish NYC spirit. The Magic Book subscription has 3-month, 6-month, and annual options, and subscribers can expect a new release in each box.
Happy poetry reading!