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New Poetry Audiobooks in 2018


New Poetry Audiobooks 2018

2018 is shaping up to be a great year for poetry audiobooks, with Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey getting a lot of buzz, a rare achievement for a work of verse. We included one of the genre’s masters, Rilke, with a collection of his letters. Keeping things very contemporary you can listen to the poetry audiobook by Atticus, of Instagram fame, enviously dubbed the ‘#1 poet to follow’.

Poetry’s musicality and cadence is appreciated best when it’s listened to aloud, so check out our list of new poetry audiobooks below!

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, narrated by the author

Book cover of Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. The hibooks blog new poetry audiobooks post 2018

Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.

Each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. Milk and Honey takes listeners through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them—because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

If They Come for Us by Fatimah Asghar, narrated by the author

Book cover of If They Come For Us by Fatimah Asghar. The hibooks blog new poetry audiobooks post 2018

Poet and co-creator of the Emmy-nominated web series Brown Girls captures her experience as a Pakistani Muslim woman in contemporary America, while exploring identity, violence, and healing.

Orphaned as a child, Fatimah Asghar grapples with coming of age and navigating questions of sexuality and race without the guidance of a mother or father.

The Dark Interval. Letters on Loss, Grief, and Transformation by Rainer Maria Rilke, narrated by Rosanne Cash, Ulrich Baer

Book cover of The Dark Interval. Letters On Loss, Grief, and Transformation by Rainer Maria Rilke. The hibooks blog new poetry audiobooks post 2018

Gleaned from Rainer Maria Rilke’s voluminous, never-before-translated letters to bereaved friends and acquaintances, The Dark Interval is a profound vision of the mourning process and a meditation on death’s place in our lives. Following the format of Letters to a Young Poet, this book arranges Rilke’s letters into an uninterrupted sequence, showcasing the full range of the great author’s thoughts on death and dying, as well as his sensitive and moving expressions of consolation and condolence.

The Terrible. A Storyteller’s Memoir by Yrsa Daley-Ward, narrated by Yrsa Daley-Ward, Howard Daley-Ward

Book cover of The Terrible by Yrsa Daley-Ward. The hibooks blog new poetry audiobooks post 2018

From the celebrated poet behind bone, a lyrical memoir—part prose, part verse—about coming-of-age, uncovering the cruelty and the beauty of the wider world, and redemption through self-discovery and the bonds of family

My little brother and I saw a unicorn in the garden in the late nineties.
I’m telling you. Neither one of us made it up; it was as real as anything else.

So begins The Terrible, Yrsa Daley-Ward’s brave, raw, completely lyrical memoir that captures the surreal magic and incredible discomfort of adolescence, burgeoning sexuality, rootlessness, and connection.

Love Her Wild by Atticus, narrated by the author

Book cover of Love Her Wild by Atticus. The hibooks blog new poetry audiobooks post 2018

Love Her Wild is a collection of new and beloved poems from the poet Atticus, who has captured the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of avid followers on his Instagram account @atticuspoetry, including superstars like Karlie Kloss and Shay Mitchell.

Dubbed the “#1 poet to follow” by Teen Vogue and “the world’s most tattoo-able” poet by Galore magazine, in Love Her Wild, Atticus captures what is both raw and relatable about the smallest and the grandest moments in life: the first glimpse of a new love in Paris, skinny dipping on a summer’s night, the irrepressible exuberance of the female spirit, or drinking whiskey in the desert watching the rising sun.

Tropic of Squalor by Mary Karr, narrated by the author

Book cover of Tropic of Squalor by Mary Karr. The hibooks blog new poetry audiobooks post 2018

A new volume of poetry from the New York Times bestselling and esteemed author of The Liar’s Club and Lit. In Tropic of Squalor, Karr dares to address the numinous—that mystery some of us hope towards in secret, or maybe dare to pray to. The “squalor” of meaninglessness that every thoughtful person wrestles with sits at the core of human suffering, and Karr renders it with power—illness, death, love’s agonized disappointments.

Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting by Kevin Powers, narrated by the author

Book cover of Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting by Kevin Powers. The hibooks blog new poetry audiobooks post 2018

National Book Award finalist, Iraq war veteran, novelist and poet Kevin Powers creates a deeply affecting portrait of a life shaped by war. Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting captures the many moments that comprise a soldier’s life: driving down the Texas highway; waiting for the unknown in the dry Iraq heat; writing a love letter; listening to a mother recount her dreams. Written with evocative language and discernment, Powers’s poetry strives to make sense of the war and its echoes through human experience.

Steve Partridge

Steve is from the UK and has lived in London, Bulgaria, and Berlin. He studied Christian theology at King’s College London and spent several years working in publishing. His articles, books reviews, interviews and essays have been published in a range of digital and print magazines. In 2012, he was shortlisted for the Brighton Fringe Festival Writers Prize. His obsession with books and writing led him to start his own ‘BookTube’ channel on YouTube (to which you should probably subscribe). You can find him talking nonsense on Twitter @StPartridge.

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