Well into Summer
Longer days. Shorter nights. A season of growth and renewal.
Here are are some poems offered for your for your summer reading by The Academy of American Poets.
"Vacation" by Rita Dove
"In Summer" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
"Spain" by Major Jackson
"Long Island Sound" by Emma Lazarus
"Travel" by Edna St. Vincent Millay
"Back Yard" by Carl Sandburg
"The Idea of Order at Key West" by Wallace Stevens
Be sure to check the "Related Poems" links on each page.
And check out the following topics:
Write a poem addressed to some animal, object, place, or maybe even to a person, whom you don't know or don't expect to read this. You could write to your cat, to a lemon, to a cutthroat trout, to Madonna, to Martha Stewart, to the Empire State Building, or . . ..Read more ...
Everyone has a personal and unique way of writing. And even with the same poet, different poems follow different paths from inspiration to publication. Even so, it's possible to envision a general process that can help us see where we are at and where we are headed as we work on our poems.
The ideas in this section are intended to help you keep moving ahead with your writing.
As you read, write, and discuss poetry, you'll begin to think about language and communication in new ways. In a poem, for instance, a decision on word choice may depend as much on sound as on meaning. A sharp visual image may resonate with political or spiritual implications. And memorable phrases can be woven into haunting incantations.
The ideas and suggestions in this section introduce some key concepts for readers and writers of poetry.