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Some people like poetry, the Polish Noble Prize winner Wislawa Szymborska once wrote. Though with the wealth of verse available today, from presses both small and large, it’s hard to believe there isn’t at least one book of poems for everyone. Poetry with a science-fiction edge? It’s out there. Poem comics? That’s a burgeoning area. Erotic poetry? Obviously. Find one poet you love and the whole genre unfurls.
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These picks, by three phenomenal poets, may seem tame compared to novels fraught with vampires, apocalypses and BDSM but nonetheless showcase the humor, graceful lyricism and depths of emotion that will make you swoon for stanzas.