Hello, dear reader.

Read A Little Poetry began as a passion project in 2005 and is now a thriving collection of hundreds of great poems. It is my commonplace book for works I have found, read, and loved through the years.

Each post is accompanied by marginalia—mostly ruminations on life and the world as it shifts beneath our feet, and almost always a conversation with the poem on the page. I endeavour to regularly share new work from books on my own shelves, those that I’ve found in the library, as well as online and print magazines and journals.

Each selected poem draws from experiences of gratitude and joy, grief and loss, and the deep well of being human. Sometimes questions arise: “Why am I here?” and “How can I keep going?” and “Is this all there is?”. Other times one can only utter “Thank you,” and “Please,” after each line break, as if poems are prayers we draw from memory, or perhaps another life.

If you have been longing for a companion in your poetry journey, you are welcome here. This is a soft and tender place for you to land, and wander awhile.

The heart of this place

Read A Little Poetry has evolved over almost two decades as a community of poetry lovers, readers, writers, educators, among others, whom I found are aligned with my vision for what I want to accomplish in this little corner of the world:

  • Hold poets to the light and promote their work and their books
  • Share moving poems that become our anchors through time, through the gamut of delight and sorrow, and everything else in between
  • Nourish the inner life and imagination of anyone looking to get started on reading and/or writing poetry
  • Pursue a deeper exploration of poetry, writing, literature, creativity, loving, and living
  • Discover more work by poets who come from both large or small presses

An enduring commitment

My poetry education as a young writer consisted of reading works from old, white, cisgender, heterosexual men and women. It was what was available to me at the time, apart from the literature in my country. Hence, I am devoting my efforts to reading more works from women, LGBTQ+ and people of colour, and most importantly, living poets.

I seek to expand my reach however best I can, highlighting poets that come not just from the U.S. but also all over the world. Nevertheless, this site is primarily offered in the English language, so that it will remain accessible to readers wherever they reside.

While Read A Little Poetry has been instrumental to many teachers in planning their syllabus, it is not affiliated with any academic or literary institution. Because the poems I share are my personal choices, I am able to sustain this project independent of any outside influence, and I intend to keep this format for as long as possible.

Ultimately, there is no entity behind this site other than myself, and it will always remain free to all.

Building an archive

To provide sources for the text wherever possible is a continuing endeavour. The poems posted in the past are from books in my personal collection, or jotted in notebooks, journals, scraps of paper years back when I was still studying and borrowing copies from friends or the school library. I am currently working through old posts to make sure that everything is properly credited—if not the book where the poem was published, then a link to a literary journal or magazine, or other sites.

My mission is to make this place a useful resource for everyone, hence I am in the process of building the following:

  • A comprehensive index of tags and topics
  • A list of all poets and their work
  • And other future features

A work in progress

I’ve always turned to Read A Little Poetry in times of incredible anguish or unbridled hope. You have witnessed me grow up, grow older, get lost, and find myself over and over since I was nineteen years old. I said then that this was an attempt to discover pieces of my life tucked away in poems, waiting to meet me again. I think I have lived through worlds, a hundred of them, narrated by poets who knew exactly what I was feeling and going through. This remains true.

Everything written here are my days blurring into one another. I wrote things for myself, but maybe I wrote it for you, too.

Yes, dear stranger: I am in love with poetry—have been for all these years. Poems have saved me in one way or another, and I hope the same for you.

As always, everything here is a work in progress.


Pleased to meet you

T. De Los Reyes is the author of the chapbook Woeman (Hawai’i Review, 2018). A finalist for the 2021 Sappho Prize by Palette Poetry, her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Crazyhorse, Pleiades, Split Lip Magazine, Cordite Poetry Review, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Rabbit Catastrophe Review, The Philippine Free Press, and The Philippine Graphic, among others.

Her work is in conversation with womanhood, eros, and mapping the body—exploring geography vis-a-vis the question of identity as a person of colour. Past recognitions include: Notable Manuscript for the 2016 BOAAT Chapbook Prize, First Place in Filipino Poetry in the 2007 Maningning Miclat Poetry Awards, and Fellow for Filipino Poetry in the 2005 Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices, National Writers Workshop.

She is the designer of Nowruz Journal, a finalist for the 2022 CLMP Firecracker Award in Magazines/Best Debut, and runs Possibilities Studio, advising and working with writers and artists, as well as creative entrepreneurs and small businesses. She is also a community teaching assistant for ModPo (Modern and Contemporary American Poetry), offered by the University of Pennsylvania as a massive open online course for the past ten years.

She lives and writes in Manila, Philippines.

Comments (76)

  • craig

    she wrote to me once too and it was one of the most beautiful things ive ever read. well tbh i havent received many letters in my life. i feel guilty because my reply is pretty much crap. just came in here to say that contrary to the other comments, the author of this blog is a woman. not sure it matters but i think everyone should know. if you love this and if you love the things she posts, i encourage everyone to write her even just to say thank you. another thing is, i dont know if this qualifies as obssessive but ive taken to looking at tumblr like what the other commenter has said and found some stuff there that was originally from here. i dont know what is the position of the owner of this blog but for my part i ask the tumblr people to give credit where credit is due. ciao

  • Greg Moore

    You are, by far, the most interesting person I’ve never met. I think this blog is interesting not only because of the poems you post, but also the story behind it. It is obvious that you choose the poem for a reason, and that it has a connection with what happened to you on that particular day/night. I think that’s what I appreciate the most and why I keep coming back. You don’t simply put something there – you take time, you care. Have you ever considered compiling this all in a book? I’d be the first in line.

    Dear T., whoever you are: I think I love you, truly. I haven’t thought it’s possible until today. I am not a prolific a writer as young Adam a few comments below me, but let me say that I could feel your hurt all the way from here and I long to protect you.

  • Madi

    I only found this blog a few months ago.It’s beautiful, the poetry is beautiful, the raw snippets of your life are beautiful. Thank you very much

  • mj rafal

    bakit walang filipino/tagalog na tula?

    pero magandang blog ito. the best! thumbs up.! 🙂

  • Hi. I just want to say that you have a really lovely blog and a beautiful collection of poems here. I started with reading Having A Coke with You and I didn’t notice that nearly an hour has passed by already while I go through the other poems.

    I would love to write to you one of these days and maybe you can give me a poem that would suit this….mixed feelings I’m having.

    Again, I enjoyed your blog!


  • nina

    I just realized you’re from █████ and it made me extra happy. You have such an inspiring blog. I think my love for poems started because of randomly looking for Marge Piercy and then finding so much more in your pages. Please don’t stop; continue doing the lovely effort. We appreciate your work. And we long for more.

  • p

    please please please oh please can you compile this in a book? it would be something i would treasure forever

  • eccacia

    I have found a treasure. Thank you so much for starting and maintaining this blog. I enjoy reading through the poems and your little introductions to them; I love how you somehow “own” them. Thank you. Keep reading & writing!

  • I read many poems a day, enjoy them and post one every alternate day. Loved your site.

  • I love your blog. I’ve memorized its URL. And it’s in my Most Visited at Google Chrome. Your blog brightens up my day and like you, I find poems to which I can relate. Moreover, it inspires me to be a better writer. Thank you for creating this.

  • I am sad today . Very sad. And the only thing that made me get through today was this place. Your love for poetry reinstills my faith in mankind and gives me a place to run to. Thank you.

  • Lisa

    I came here while overwhelmed by pain and sadness. I let other’s far greater than I give those feelings voice.
    Thank you for this place

  • Thank you for this absolute treasure trove of delicious words. I stumbled across it by accident and harbour just a little tinge of regret because I know I’ll spend far too much time here 🙂

  • T Branson

    thank you
    for this resting place

  • Karin

    how I came across your blog, I have no idea…aimlessly wandering….lonely heart. something happened though and I had to write my own poem which came pouring out of me. The release and peace I felt afterwards was so cathartic and so I thank you.

  • This is a beautiful, beautiful blog. It was love at first sight, when I saw agha’s work here, then I saw strand and cummings and the courting began. Paz, gilbert and Neruda whispered the sweet nothings of a summer romance. O’hara, atwood and cope sealed the contract. thankyou for this beautiful site 🙂

  • Your humility humbles me.
    I appreciate your generosity
    in sharing these snippets.

  • Claire

    I came across this whilst searching for The Cinnamon Peeler’s wife online, I wanted to send it to my love. I did. Now I keep coming back to read you……a little bit of joy in my day…..thank you

  • vetso

    Thank heavens. I was relieved immediately as I read; “was in love, still am, a fool… A constant fool”. I guess this foolish act I just can’t stop has been bothering me. “Once bitten twice shy” isnt that what I’m suppose to do.? But no. No matter how ugly he’s made himself, he’s still just so beautiful.

  • J

    Poetry has reaffirmed every morsel of emotion I have had for the past few years going through depression, a father’s death, loneliness, divorce, a new love and now a new life. With poems I am not alone. Thank you for posting some of the best.


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