16 of the Best Heart-Wrenching Poetry Reads for Twentysomethings

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There's a certain type of book you read to deeply engage yourself over a cup of coffee, black. The type that you pull out from under your bed when the cool, fall air starts taunting you. Those same books that flood you with feelings: good, bad, romantic and haunting.

While it's true that diving into a Harry Potter book for the fifteenth time might do all those things, we're thinking more along the lines of poetry books. These books of poems and short stories will take you through every neglected human emotion and undoubtedly tug (hard) on your heartstrings. They tell the stories of heartbreak, adolescence, raw passion, and real life. Often times these writers know the right words to say when everyone else is silent.

Read on for a list of the 16 best heart-wrenching poetry reads if you're willing to hop on an emotional rollercoaster.

1. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur


Milk and Honey is the story of femininity and survival. It is about how to heal following violence, love, loss, and abuse, as well as finding the sweet moments in an often bitter life. The book is split up into four sections that each delicately follow a new chapter in life. There is “the hurting,” “the loving,” “the breaking,” and finally, “the healing.” Rupi Kaur shows that there is beauty in the recovery following any breakdown.
(P.S. the photo in the featured image is a page from this poetry book.)