On Year 4: February’s Poems
Despite being the shortest month, and despite being a month in which we have a week’s vacation, February is always difficult. Perhaps it’s the cold–and it has been very cold. In any case, it is a month that always seems to inspire poets to write cold poems. In its own dark way, February is inspirational. That’s what being snowbound will do to a person, I guess.
So: here are some selections for this month.
February 3, Monday: “February Evening in New York“by Denise Levertov
February 4, Tuesday: “‘Make It New‘” by Alice Fulton
February 5, Wednesday: snow day–no school
February 6, Thursday: “Against the Evidence” by David Ignatow
February 7, Friday: “At the Toll Booth” by Marilyn Donnelly (because it takes place on the Maine Turnpike, which the students thought was interesting. Poets drive on that?)
February 10, Monday: “Gratitude for Old Teachers” by Robert Bly
February 11, Tuesday: “Taking Down the Tree” by Jane Kenyon
February 12, Wednesday: “Into My Own” by Robert Frost (because it was suggested by my friend Jean’s daughter)
February 13, Thursday: “Snow Signs” by Charles Tomlinson
February 14, Friday: snow day–no school
February 17-21: Winter vacation–no school.
February 24, Monday: “I am happy living simply” by Marina Tsvetaeva
February 25, Tuesday: “Inaction of Shoes” by Ron Padgett (because sometimes you just need to have a cheerful poem in the midst of all this darkness)
February 26, Wednesday: “Yard Sale” by George Bilgere (This poem caused a person in first period to exclaim spontaneously, “That’s really sad!”)
February 27, Thursday: “Snow-Flakes” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (because it’s his birthday!)
February 28, Friday: “Afternoon in February” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (because this will be the last one in this February, of course)