Monday, April 25, 2011

Poems that Could Be in Your Pocket


For our National Poetry Month display, Jennifer asked all of the staff what their favorite poems are. Then she printed them out and folded them into pocket sized packets for anyone to take. What she got was a collection of poems that would make a diverse and interesting anthology. Below is a list of poems that could very well be in your pocket.

excerpt from When We with Sappho by Kenneth Rexroth (Dale)

The Pobble Who Has No Toes by Edward Lear (Susannah)

canvas and mirror by Evie Shockley (Jennifer)

I’m Nobody! Who are you? (260) by Emily Dickinson (Megan)

The Dry Spell by Kevin Young (Jennifer)

Tide Pickers by Rosanna Warren (Jennifer)

Crossing the Bar by Lord Alfred Tennyson (Megan)

I Found a Silver Dollar by Dennis Lee (Megan)

New Year’s Day by Mark Haddon (Anne)

Forgetfulness by Billy Collins (Carol)

Counter-world by Todd Romanowski (Jennifer)

Today by Billy Collins (Carol)

Love After Love by Derek Walcott (Anne)

XI by Wendell Berry (Anne)

The Suitor by Jane Kenyon (Robin)

ancestors by Harvey Ellis (Anne)

May by Mary Oliver (Jory)

The Song of Wandering Aengus by W.B. Yeats (Todd)

Half-Light by Cesar Vallejo (Josh)

Jabberwocky by Lewis Caroll (Gary)

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe (Gary)

America by Walt Whitman (Josh)

in Just by e.e. cummings (Josh)

The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry (Robert)

Here, Bullet by Brian Turner (Josh)

A Blessing by James Wright (Robert)


Jennifer also added some poems from Common Threads, a program of MassPoetry.

Samurai Song by Robert Pinsky
Occupation by Suji Kwock Kim
The Lost Pilot by James Tate
Vita Nova by Louise Gl├╝ck
Love Song: I and Thou by Alan Dugan
New England Ode by Kevin Young
In the Waiting Room by Elizabeth Bishop

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