The answer to this question is not so simple. Poetry books are undoubtedly popular within certain circles such as literary enthusiasts, poets themselves or anyone who appreciates the beauty of language. However, the popularity of poetry books among the general public is somewhat limited.
Part of the reason for this is that many people find poetry difficult to understand or relate to. Unlike other forms of literature, poetry often relies on metaphor and symbolism which can make it challenging for some readers. Additionally, many people may have had negative experiences with poetry in school which has turned them away from exploring it further.
However, even with these obstacles, there are still many people who love reading and writing poetry. Some have found that they can connect more deeply with their emotions through verse than through prose. Others appreciate the craft that goes into creating each individual poem.
Another factor contributing to the popularity (or lack thereof) of poetry books is how they are marketed and sold. Many bookstores have small sections devoted to poetry while others do not carry any at all. This can make it difficult for readers to discover new poets or explore their interests in depth.
Despite these challenges, there are still many poets who have gained a large following and become very successful in terms of book sales. Contemporary poets like Rupi Kaur, Lang Leav and Warsan Shire have all become household names thanks to their social media presence and unique voices.
Furthermore, spoken word performances have also gained popularity over the past few years – particularly among younger audiences – which showcases that poetry has an audience that is keen on listening equally as much as reading.
In conclusion, although not yet mainstream bestsellers like fiction or non-fiction works, poetry is still an important part of literature with its own loyal following currently waiting on its rise back into popular culture. As more people begin to explore the beauty of language and the artistry of poetry, we may just see it become more popular in the years to come.