A Way with Words - Poetry, Novel in Verse

The authors of these novels or poetry collections have chosen their words carefully and wisely. (Don't all authors though?) Certainly poems use a minimum of words to convey feelings and ideas when compared to a full-length novel. Novels in verse employ techniques of poetry in the form and story arc of a novel to tell a story. 

To round out this updated list, we've included novels & essays (even a shelf-help book) written by poets plus novels & biographies about poets.

An American Sunrise

by Joy Harjo

And We Came Outside And Saw The Stars Again

by Ilan Stavans

Autobiography of Red: a novel in verse

by Anne Carson

Black Dog of Fate

by Peter Balakian

By Grand Central Station I Sat Down And Wept

by Elizabeth Smart

Call Us What We Carry

by Amanda Gorman

The Complete Memoirs

by Pablo Neruda

Every Day We Get More Illegal

by Juan Felipe Herrera

Feel Your Way Through

by Kelsea Ballerini

The Flying Mountain

by Christoph Ransmayr

The Golden Gate: a novel in verse

by Vikram Seth

The Hill We Climb

by Amanda Gorman

Here Is The Beehive

by Sarah Crossan

The How: the great work of meeting yourself

by Yrsa Daley-Ward

How To Fly In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons

by Barbara Kingsolver

Howl and other Poems

by Allen Ginsberg

The Hunchback Of Neiman Marcus

by Sonya Sones

The Leaves of Grass

by Walt Whitman

Leaving The Atocha Station

by Ben Lerner

The Lehman Trilogy

by Stefano Massini

Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish

by David Rakoff

The Life And Zen Haiku Poetry Of Santoka Taneda

by Sumita Oyama

Notes on the Assemblage

by Juan Felipe Herrera


by William Carlos Williams

Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart

by Alice Walker

That Was Now This Is Then

by Vijay Seshadri

A Thousand Mornings

by Mary Oliver

Two Way Mirror

by Fiona Sampson

Under the Wide and Starry Sky

by Nancy Horan