Tag Archives: Sylvia Plath

On Year 5: January’s Poems


Back to school after the Christmas break, and the world is frozen and lonely and still.  Spring is still a long way away, and somehow, we have to muddle through snow and sub-zero temperatures, through frozen pipes, through all the hard work required to keep the fires burning in the wood stoves. Fortunately, at school, …

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On Year 4: November’s Poems


November is a blustery month, a month of bruisy skies and moaning winds.  A thousand years ago, when I was in sixth grade, in a classroom whose high windows looked over the gym roof at the empty gray skies, I remember the social studies teacher, Mr. York, saying how much he hated November, because it …

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On Year 4: October’s Poems


The days grow shorter, the nights grow longer.  The air grows colder, and I abandon my sandals for socks and shoes.  The boys in my classes are thinking about hunting–some of the girls are, too.  From the windows of my classroom, I can see the leaves turn on the old maples between the school and …

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On the Second October’s Poems


This month didn’t really start out well.  Personally.  One of the best and most neurotic cats I’ve ever had died on the 1st, so I chose Thomas Gray to start off the month.  It seemed a perfect tribute to Sunshine the Spaz Cat:  sad yet humorous (I was sad, but she’d always been humorous). I …

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On October’s Poems


Continuing my practice, since the conference at the Frost Place, of beginning classes by reading poetry…   This year the advent of October, and the end of baseball season, and the looming of winter, left me with a feeling of dread.  I hoped to combat that with the poems I chose to open my classes …

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