If you’re a poet, you read poetry, right? Of course, no matter where you get your poetry books there are quite a number of them.
First of all, you should probably know the difference between a Chapbook and a Poetry Book and even a Poem Novel, a Poetry Booklet and a Broadside A Chapbook is a shorter book of poetry, often produced by the Poet themselves and contains probably around 20 poems or more. A Booklet of Poems would probably contain around 8 or so poems and be a smaller version of a Chapbook. A Broadside is a one sheet of one poem and can be artistically presented or simply just have the poem only on it. A Poetry Book is going to be your longer book of poems of at least 70 or so pages or more. A Poem Novel is a fiction like tale told via the way of verse.
Does length of the book truly matter? It depends on what kind of poems you wish to read and how much time you have to spend reading it and also who the author is. You also won’t find too many Chapbooks for sale in a bookstore. You will find a number of any of the above for sale online.
Here’s a simple way to pick out your book or chapbook, etc: P (personal interest), O (originality), E (eagerness to read), T (time you have to read), R (reading preferences such as style, form, author, etc.) and Y (You, why do you want to read it). Price too might matter!
Have fun selecting your next book of poems. Happy reading!