On Year 4: January’s Poems
Happy New Year!
It’s cold. Really cold. Polar vortexes taking over and everything. Pipes freezing. Cars not starting. Wind chills in the -30s. And two and a half months until spring. It’s hard to read, let alone write. Still, there are cold poems out there for the harvesting, and I’ve been delivering them to the students. Winter happens every year, after all, and we get through it as best we can.
January 2, Thursday: “To the New Year” by W. S. Merwin
January 3, Friday: “January” by Helen Hunt Jackson
January 6, Monday: Ice day–no school.
January 7, Tuesday: “This Inwardness, This Ice” by Christian Wiman
January 8, Wednesday: “I Looked Up” by Mary Oliver
January 9, Thursday: “Snow” by Marcel Beyer
January 10, Friday: “The Snow Gets It” by Richard Price
January 13, Monday: “Now Winter Nights Enlarge” by Thomas Campion
January 14, Tuesday: “To the Quarry and Back” by Katia Kapovich
January 15, Wednesday: “History Lesson” by Natasha Trethewey (because twice yesterday people asked what a poet laureate was, so here’s a poem by the U.S. Poet Laureate)
January 16, Thursday: “Fog” by Carl Sandburg (because this morning was incredibly foggy)
January 17, Friday: “In Winter in the Woods Alone” by Robert Frost (because this poem was suggested by friends from The Frost Place)
January 20, Monday: Martin Luther King Day–no school
January 21, Tuesday: “Rest” by Richard Jones
January 22, Wednesday through January 24, Friday: midterm exams.
January 27, Monday: “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden
January 28, Tuesday: “‘Hope’ Is the Thing With Feathers” by Emily Dickinson
January 29, Wednesday: “Winter Sun” by Molly Fisk
January 30, Thursday: “An Old Man’s Winter Night” by Robert Frost
January 31, Friday: “Out on the Flats” by Leonard Nathan
As always, poetry suggestions welcome. Send ’em along!