On Year 3: February’s Poems
This month I was ambivalent. I wanted to read poems about love, after a fashion, because of Valentine’s Day. But this February was also full of winter, full of snow, and so many snow poems presented themselves. Thus, I waffled back and forth. Top this all off with a healthy dose of restlessness, and there it went. Skyscrapers? Sure, Carl Sandburg–this from a man who crossed the country in boxcars–the embodiment of restlessness. I had planned a theme, and it fell apart, as the best laid plans oft do.
So. Poems. Here they are.
February 1, Friday: “February: Thinking of Flowers” by Jane Kenyon
February 4, Monday: “The Skyscraper Loves Night” by Carl Sandburg
February 5, Tuesday: “Cold Night: the Wild Duck” by Basho
February 6, Wednesday: “Figment” by Lance Nizami
February 7, Thursday: “Apology” by Richard Wilbur
February 8, Friday: “Blizzard” by William Carlos Williams
February 11, Monday: “The Presence” by Maxine Kumin
February 12, Tuesday: “To My Valentine” by Ogden Nash
February 13, Wednesday: “Another Unfortunate Choice” by Wendy Cope (because the magnificent Jenny Doughty suggested it)
February 14, Thursday: Sonnet 43 by Elizabeth Barrett
Browning February 15, Friday: Winter Carnival day–no classes.
February 18-22: February vacation
February 25, Monday: “Snow Flakes” by Emily Dickinson
February 26, Tuesday: “Toward Spring” by Cleopatra Mathis
February 27, Wednesday: “In the Late Season” by Tom Hennen
February 28, Thursday: “It is a Beauteous Evening” by William Wordsworth (this because we were reading Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and the young people needed the comparison)
Thus a strange sort of February down. Next up, March–and spring. Hallelujah. I’m tired of winter, and there are many many spring poems to look ahead to.
As always, I’m open to suggestions!