I loved poetry in high school. Not traditional poetry. Not the kind that follows structures carried down from 17th century England to Euro-centric American classrooms. Not the kind of poetry that feels dictated and uncreative. I liked the outlandish — the edgy kind of poetry. I liked Allen Ginsberg more than I will ever like Emily Dickinson. And I preferred Audre Lorde to Shakespeare.

I recently rediscovered my passion for the genre, and in doing so I also discovered several incredible Black women who are absolutely killing the poetry game.

Here are some of my favorite contemporary Black female poets that I promise you'll fall in love with, just like I did.