On February’s Poems
For February, because it’s the month of Valentine’s Day, I went with love poems. When I announced that, on the first, to the classes, they all groaned, because, cynical 17-year-olds that they are, to them love poems mean hearts and flowers and squishy-ness. Fine! Sometimes we all just need a good dose of hearts and flowers and squishy-ness. However, I tried to explain to them that romantic love is by far not the only kind of love there is. People love all sorts of weird stuff. Anchovies, for instance: so I dashed off a note to Nancy Henry
asking to use her “Anchovy” piece (of course, she does it from memory at readings, and is far more animated than I could ever be). Over the course of the day, as I read that poem to each class, I found very few kids who liked anchovies…How could anyone be in love with THAT? they all wanted to know. Well, someone is.
February 1, Tuesday: “somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond” by e. e. cummings (suggested by Jenny Doughty)
February 2, Wednesday: yet another snow day. Wow.
February 3, Thursday: “Anchovy” by Nancy A. Henry
February 4, Friday: “On Julia’s Clothes” by Robert Herrick (This poem contains the most awesome word in the history of poetry. Just sayin’.)
February 7, Monday: “It’s All I Have to Bring Today” by Emily Dickinson
February 8, Tuesday: “Daily I Fall in Love with Waitresses” by Elliot Fried
February 9, Wednesday: “Daily I Fall in Love with Mechanics” by Susan Thurston Joy! We were having a quiz in class, and a boy refused to start until he’d heard today’s poem. Success! Small, but I’ll take anything!
February 11, Friday: “To My Dear and Loving Husband” by Anne Bradstreet
February 14, Monday: “For You, Friend” by Ted Kooser
February 15, Tuesday: “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden
February 16, Wednesday: “Ode to the Potato” by Barbara Hamby
February 17, Thursday: “For Caitlin, Setting off to See the World Without her Coat” by Theodore Deppe
February 18, Friday: winter carnival. No class. Rats.
February 21-25: February vacation!
February 28, Monday: “This May Be” by Martha Rhodes