On certain days,
I find that poetry is our most overlooked section.
But the truth is, I do understand why. Poetry is often a hit or miss experience. It’s quite like accompanying someone on a walk through the crevices of their mind. It can take a real leap to connect with a poet or a poem—almost like forming an actual relationship with that person. But how do you know who you’re going to connect with? And what if you do pick up a book of poetry but you just don’t feel that spark? That’s why compatibility is key!
For that reason, I’ve created a list that matches your astrological sign with your most compatible poetry mates. Do peruse and give it a try!
1. Aries (March 21 – April 19)
If you're an Aries, you might...
...delight in this incredible collection: The Poetry of Derek Walcott, 1948-2013, which will likely become your inspiring Capricorn friend for a long time to come.
...draw inspiration from the latest release of Envelope Poems by the Sagittarius poet,Emily Dickinson then write your own meanderings down on scrap paper and envelopes.
...check out Gemini poet Gwendolyn Brooks’ riveting poem: “An Aspect of Love, Alive in the Ice and Fire."
2. Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
If you're a Taurus, you might...
....let the Virgo Leonard Cohen serenade you daily by picking up a copy of The Everyman’s Library Pocket Poet Collection of poems by Leonard Cohen.
...go on a long walk through the city with Patterson by William Carlos Williams (also a Virgo) in hand and enjoy the simple details that compose everything around you.
...read the decadent Piscean poem: “The Flowers” by French symbolist poet Stéphane Mallarmé, over a bowl of chocolate ice cream.
3. Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
If you're a Gemini, you might...
...read and be inspired by the Libra poet Amiri Baraka and his poem “Wise 5” from the anthology Of Poetry & Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin (which we have here for you at your favorite indie bookstore!)
...devour absolutely everything in The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde and be a renewed and transformed by this Aquarius voice.
Read Piscean poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnet #43 “How Do I Love Thee?” over a Facetime call to your dog, best friend, and/or lover.
4. Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
If you're a Cancer, you might...
...visit us and buy the magnificent book, The Collected Poems by Scorpio goddess Sylvia Plath. You will view the world in new and soul stirring ways.
...meditate on Naomi Shihab Nye’s (Pisces) poem, “Kindness”. Be truly kind.
...read “The Bluet” by James Schuyler (Scorpio) in a park somewhere underneath the bluest sky.
5. LEO (July 23 – August 22)
If you're a Leo, you might...
...read all of Sagittarius Eileen Myles’ I Must Be Living Twice in one delightful sitting, be amused, intrigued and feel like you know the frank voice of these poems as well as an old friend.
...experience bold and unforeseen states of mind with the Leo John Ashbery’s translation of the Libra Rimbaud’s Illuminations.
...serenade your special somebodies with love poems by Libra E.E. Cummings.
...read Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong (Libra) and buy two copies to give away to your friends.
6. Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
If you're a Virgo, you might...
...get lost in the original and humane beat-style poems in Juan Felipe Herrera’s amazing new collection, Half of the World in Light (Capricorn).
... transform your thinking and feeling with this deeply critical, philosophical, artistic, and anti-racist masterpiece, Citizen, by Capricorn poet, Claudia Rankine. Then read and be stimulated by the incredible book Don't Let Me be Lonely: An American Lyric.
...reach enlightenment (or close to it ; ) ) with the poem "Often I am Permitted to Return to a Meadow" by Robert Duncan (Another Capricorn).
7. Libra (September 23 – October 22)
If you're a Libra, you might...
...dive deep into Pulitzer prize winning Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror by wonderful Leo, John Ashbery; feel whimsy, intellectual curiosity and wonder at these dis-orienting yet fantastic poems.
...get totally lost in the weird cartoonish world of “Goblin Market” by Sagittarius Christina Rossetti.
...get into the lion roar rhythm of Leo Frank Stanford’s original poems in: What About This: Collected Poems of Frank Stanford.
8. Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
If you're a Scorpio, you might...
...read one of the most beautiful and heartbreaking books you will ever encounter: Dictee by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, a Pisces.
...enjoy the sensuality of “After Making Love in Winter” by Scorpion Sharon Olds; then come by and get Stag’s Leap by this most excellent poet.
...purchase both Lighthead and American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin by Terrence Hayes (Scorpio) immediately!! (From us! you won’t regret it!)
9. Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
If you're a Sagittarius, you might...
...adventurous Sag! Go straight for: My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poems of Jack Spicer. (Aquarius). You will never think of language the same way again.
...soak up and / or pray for the rain by reading Rain Song. Then go ahead and buy
Vintage Classics: The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes, Aquarius.
...finally, indulge in the outrageous playfulness of Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein also an Aquarius. ... (What can I say? Sagitarius folks love Aquarians!)
10. Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
If you're a Capricorn, you might...
...buy Everyman’s Library Pocket Series of dreamy, melancholy and Piscean poet, Keats.
...then have a good ole’ gut laugh with New Direction’s publication of: The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas: The Original Edition (Scorpio!)
...quiet down a little and find some inner peace with Devotions—a collection of poems by sublime Virgo poet, Mary Oliver. Here’s her poem “August” for a taste.
11. Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
If you're a Aquarius, you might...
...recite “Sunflower Sutra” by the Gemini Allen Ginsberg over a wild mountain stream and then please buy this lifelong friend: The Essential Ginsberg published by Harper Perennial.
...fuel your inner fire with In Search of Duende by the intuitive and lovely Gemini genius, Federico Garcia Lorca.
...rule the world with pivotal Gemini titan and wordsmith: Alexander Pushkin. Carry The Everyman's Library Pocket Poets Series: Eugene Onegin and Other Poems with you wherever you go.
...be the contrarian you are with inspiration from the completely astonishing and experimental poetry of Emily Dickinson, a Sagittarius, with The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson.
12. Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
If you're a Pisces, you might...
...dive into an ocean of love and poetry with: If Not Winter: Fragments of Sappho by Sappho (zodiac sign unknown!) and Anne Carson (Cancer).
...pose whimsical questions to your co-workers like Why do trees conceal
the splendor of their roots? with the oh-so-very-delightful: Book of Questions by Pablo Neruda. (Cancer).
...visit us at Chevalier’s and pick up newly released in paperback the Blue Laws: Selected and
Uncollected Poems by Kevin Young (Scorpio) for lively and illuminating poems.