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:
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They come from a place inside of us that is real. They are spoken in our own voices and touch on matters that genuinely concern us.Read more ...
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