On the Second November’s Poems
November 1, Tuesday: Meg Kearney, “Ticket
November 2, Wednesday: Jane Kenyon, “In Memory of Jack”
November 3, Thursday: Hal Sirowitz, “Reusing Words”
November 4: Friday: Dawn Potter, “Nostalgia”
November 7, Monday: Ellen Bryant Voigt, “Apple Tree”
November 8, Tuesday: Linda Pastan, “November Rain”
November 9, Wednesday: David Adams, “Preface for the Feast of All Souls”
November 10, Thursday: Thomas Hardy, “The Man He Killed” (for Veterans’ Day)
November 14, Monday: Emily Brontë, “Fall, Leaves, Fall”
November 15, Tuesday: Richard Wilbur, “Then”
November 16, Wednesday:Kenneth Rexroth, “Falling Leaves and Early Snow”
November 17: Thursday: Laure-Anne Bosselaar, “Birthday” (because it’s her birthday!)
November 18, Friday: Emily Brontë, “Spellbound”
November 21, Monday: David Adams, “Sans” (This is one of my favorite by David Adams–it is November in spirit, if not in fact.)
November 22, Tuesday: Cleopatra Mathis, “Writing”
November 23-25: Thanksgiving break!
November 28, Monday: Ruth Stone, “Advice”
November 29, Tuesday: Andrea Hollander Budy, “What I Need It For” (This one was for me: I needed the cheering of the flowers, so I gave myself the bouquet.)
November 30, Wednesday: Rosemary Starace, “Kind Thoughts” (I took this one out of Letters to the World: Poems from the Wom-Po Listserv, an anthology I had the great pleasure of appearing in a couple of years ago.)
Now: onto December, where all the poems will be presents.
One of the most gratifying parts of this continued poetry experiment is simply this: my students expect that we will start class with a poem. There is no longer the level of complaint (poems? Ew!) that I got at the beginning of the first year–there are no longer complaints at all. Is this success? Is the experiment changing expectations or atmosphere? I’d like to think it is.
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