In a Station of the Metro
The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough.
Are you alive?
I touch you.
You quiver like a sea-fish.
I cover you with my net.
What are you—banded one?
Winter is here, with holidays and frozen toes, with endings and beginnings.
The days are short. The nights are long. The air is cold. Good time to light a candle.
Here are are some poems, offered for your winter enjoyment by The Academy of American Poets.
- "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden
- "Fishing in Winter" by Ralph Burns
- "splitting firewood on a winter afternoon" by Ben Shane
- "Winter: My Secret" by Christina Rossetti
- "Cut Off the Ears of Winter" by Peter Covino
- "A Winter Blue Jay" by Sara Teasdale
- "The Snow Man" by Wallace Stevens
- "Winter Poem" by Robert Bly (video)
- "Winter Field" by Joanna Klink (audio)
- "Lines for Winter" by Mark Strand (audio)
Scroll down and read about the poet. Be sure to check the "Related Poems" links on each page.
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This poem could grow out of a unique moment, like Walt Whitman's "When I Heard the Learned Astronomer." Or it could grow from a stage of your life, Like A. E. Houseman's "When I was One and Twenty." Or maybe you'd like to explore a repeated ritual, like "When I lift the trash can lid . . .."Read more ...
-- the no praise/no blame method
As a reader, you may find it hard to speak frankly in the poet's presence about words, images, and ideas charged with personal expression. Yet in doing so, you help the writer see how the poem affects another person, and how it might evolve in a future draft.Read more ...
A poem's form is partly visual: its look on the page. George Herbert's "Easter Wings" is an example of striking visual form, as is e. e. cummings' "r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r." But visual form also works in less obvious ways. The lean, spare look of most Emily Dickinson poems complements her terse style, while the long, sweeping lines of Walt Whitman accentuate his bold, expansive message.Read more ...