Whether you’re a poet at heart or just like to keep it short and sweet, great things come in small packages. Read on for some great poetry and short stories that are sure to get your wheels turning.  

The Now: Poems (Pitt Poetry Series)
By Albert Goldbarth
University of Pittsburgh Press, $17.00, 104 pages

The Now: Poems takes a look at society and how we have changed during a time where technology and connectedness have become a constant part of daily life. From changes in communication and altered news, to how we live in “the age of terror,” to the construct of time, Goldbarth’s poems tackle topics that have begun to define the way we live. His works will definitely get you thinking about how these events and changes may be giving us a skewed sense of reality. 

Poet Duet: A Mother and Daughter
By Florence Adams Clark and Carolyn Clark
Kelsay Books – Aldrich Press, $16.00, 80 pages

This book of poetry by a mother-daughter duo features poems with a great deal of beautiful descriptions. The authors touch on themes such as love, family, and gratitude, and bring different perspectives that give a glimpse into the same themes during different times and places. Although the two write different poems about similar topics, they come together to create literary harmony.

Tiny Love: The Complete Stories of Larry Brown
By Larry Brown
Algonquin Books. $18.95, 432 pages

Tiny Love brings together some of Larry Brown’s stories from his past collections, and some never published before. Some gritty, some emotional, Brown writes stories that are loved by many. Ranging from general fiction to horror, you’re sure to find one for you. 

Last Pages: Stories, A Play, Poems, Essays
By Oscar Mandel
Prospect Park Books, $18.00, 296 pages

This collection features Oscar Mandel’s best stories, poems, essays, and even a full play. The Belgian author has been described as refreshingly witty and engaging. When reading Last Pages, it’ll be clear why Mandel’s works have won much acclaim. Perfect for those who like variety. 

By Tommy Pico
Tin House Books, $15.95, 84 pages

Feed is the fourth book in the tetralogy by Tommy Pico. The poems bring the reader up close and personal with Pico’s thoughts. This is a down-to-earth collection about love, loneliness, and everything in between. A must-read for poetry fans who want to read a story of conflict and hope.