On Year 3: May’s Poems

May.  The last month of classes here at school, and one of the longest.  Thus there are many days to read poems, and as I have been in a spring-y kind of mood (who wouldn’t be, after this crazy winter?) I’ve been stocking up on spring-y poems.  Flowers, sunshine.  Bring on the summer, please, and hurry.

May 1, Wednesday:  “In Perpetual Spring” by Amy Gerstler

May 2, Thursday: “A Final Affection” by Paul Zimmer

May 3, Friday: “To Daffodils” by Robert Herrick

May 6, Monday: “the trash men” by Charles Bukowski

May 7, Tuesday: “Last Spring” by Gottfried Benn

May 8, Wednesday: “May” by Jonathan Galassi

Kazim Ali

May 9, Thursday: “Rain” by Kazim Ali

May 10, Friday: “Fog Horns” by David Mason

May 13, Monday: “Song in a Minor Key” by Dorothy Parker

May 14, Tuesday: “Iowa City to Boulder” by William Matthews

May 15, Wednesday: “To the Thawing Wind” by Robert Frost

May 16, Thursday: “First Fig” and “Second Fig” by Edna St. Vincent Millay

May 17:  Friday:  “Eyes” by William Matthews (mostly because my eyes hurt…but also because I too have a

William Matthews

soft spot for James Thurber.)

May 20, Monday: “May Song” by Wendell Berry

May 21, Tuesday: “The Bad Season Makes the Poet Sad” by Robert Herrick (because this morning I was a sad poet)

May 22, Wednesday: “Night Letter” by Stanley Kunitz (because I was still not quite over being sad)

May 23, Thursday: “The Voice You Hear When You Read Silently” by Thomas Lux (because this cool poem came across on the Wom-Po listserv)

May 24, Friday: “To a Daughter Leaving Home” by Linda Pastan

May 27, Monday:  Memorial Day–no school.

May 29, Wednesday: “Flying” by Richard Wilbur

May 30, Thursday: “At Grass” by Philip Larkin (because I came across an excerpt of this poem in a novel, and I have girls in first period who are horse freaks)

May 31, Friday: “Silver-lined Heart” by Taylor Mali, because it’s the last day for seniors, and I’ve made this piece a tradition.


This year I have juniors, who have three days left of classes before their exams.  I’m allowing them to choose their own daily poems next week.

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