Poetry Fridays: Stopping by Woods on a Sweltering Evening

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Rebecca Gambale, Program Associate, Poetry

Michele Russo, Poetry Coordinator

“Stopping by Woods on a Sweltering Evening” just doesn’t have the same ring does it?  But a snowy evening sure sounds nice right now.

We had originally planned this week’s blog as a tribute to summer.  We started putting together a list of poems about frogs in streams and cool night breezes and the scent of honeysuckle.  But the heat wave has dampened our enthusiasm for summer, and we have been finding ourselves wishing for an escape.

What better way to escape than to read poems about winter.  We noticed that wintertime poems often have a markedly different tone than summer poems.  There’s more reflection, isolation and loss expressed in these poems.  Something about the cold and the shorter days has that effect on us.  We hope you’ll take a moment to retreat from your day into these cold and beautiful poems.  And if you have any other tips for staying cool, we’d love to hear them.  Enjoy!

How Is It That The Snow, Robert Haight

Heart, My Box of Snow, Rebecca Hoogs

The Dead of Winter, Samuel Menashe

Winter Trees, William Carlos Williams

Snow, Naomi Shihab Nye


Did you know that the Dodge Poetry Program has a YouTube channel? Take a look – view video clips from past biennial Festivals! You can also join the conversation on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @dodgepoetryfest. See you there!

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