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
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
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.