Spring

79With further members to be added as encountered, perhaps eventually some additional notes, here’s what I’ve got so far for my set of poems that involve a principal focus on, setting in, timing during, or metaphor based on the season of Spring —

  1. Andrade, Jorge CarreraSpring & Co. (translated by Steven Ford Brown) [The Cortland Review]
  2. Antin, Davidspring love noise and all [excerpt] [Poets.org]
  3. Appleman, Philip — Nobody Dies in the Spring [The Writer's Almanac]
  4. Bai, Li (translated by Shigeyoshi Obata) — Awakening from Sleep on a Spring Day [Black Cat Poems]
  5. Bode-Lang, Katherine — Spring Melt [Rattle]
  6. Budbill, David — The First Green of Spring [The Writer's Almanac]
  7. Byrne, Edward — Spring Walk Along the Lake [One Poet's Notes]
  8. Carew, Thomas — The Spring [Poet's Corner]
  9. Clare, John — The Winter’s Spring [The Writer's Almanac] Set in winter, this one’s bound to show up again when I come back around to that season’s set. But since Clare gives his winter the character of spring, the poem suits this set at least as well.
  10. Cummings, E. E. — [in Just-] [Poetry Foundation]
  11. Cummings, E. E. — Spring is like a perhaps hand [Poets.org]
  12. Davis, Todd — While We Wait for Spring [The Writer's Almanac]
  13. Dickinson, Emily — 812 A Light exists in Spring [The Writer's Almanac]
  14. Dickinson, Emily — 1333 A little Madness in the Spring [The Writer's Almanac]
  15. Dickinson, Emily — [I dreaded that first robin so] [Bartleby (note - pending location of a more acceptable online version than Bartleby - which I do not recommend! - I personally am reading this offline from the pages of my personal library)]
  16. Donelaitis, Kristijonas — Joys of Spring (from The Seasons, translated by Nadas Rastenis)
  17. Dryden, JohnSong to a Fair Young Lady, Going Out of the Town in the Spring [E-Verse Radio]
  18. Equi, ElaineNational Poetry Month [Poets.org]
  19. Erdrich, Louise — Spring Evening on Blind Mountain [The Writer's Almanac]
  20. Fu, Tu — A Spring View [About Poetry]
  21. Hanna, Gary — A Sudden Thaw [Christian Science Monitor]
  22. Harjo, Joy — Equinox [Poets.org]
  23. Hoagland, Tony — A Color of the Sky [Poetry Foundation]
  24. Hoagland, Tony — Spring Lemonade [The Writer's Almanac]
  25. Hopkins, Gerard Manley — Spring [Poetry Out Loud]
  26. Hudson Ann — First Day of Spring [The Writer's Almanac]
  27. Irwin, Mark — Stopping by the River in Spring [Poetry Daily - note: deleted from the site on 2/18/2011]
  28. Kuskin, Karla — Spring [Poetry Foundation]
  29. Lawrence, D. H. — The Enkindled Spring [Poets.org] Spontaneous!
  30. Lax, Robert — Greeting to Spring (Not Without Trepidation) [The Writer's Almanac]
  31. Lee, Li-Young — Black Petal [Poets.org]
  32. Longenbach, James — Spring Break [Rattle]
  33. Lowell, Amy — Vernal Equinox [Poetry (v.6)]
  34. Martin, William Wilsey — Apple Blossoms [Black Cat Poems]
  35. McKay, Claude — After the Winter [Poetry Foundation]
  36. McKay, Claude — Spring in New Hampshire [Poets.org]
  37. Millay, Edna St. Vincent — Spring [The Writer's Almanac]
  38. Nashe, Thomas — Spring, the Sweet Spring [About Poetry]
  39. Oliver, Mary — Spring [The Writer's Almanac] So she hadn’t seen Lily the Bear, Hope, or the twins. Had she ever seen any black bear in late winter coming into spring? One wonders.
  40. Olson, Charles — Variations: III. Spring [Poets of Cambridge, USA]
  41. Pagh, Nancy — Spring Salmon at Night [Rattle]
  42. Romtvedt, David — Spring in the Country [Rattle]
  43. Rossetti, Christina — The First Spring Day [The Writer's Almanac]
  44. Schultz, Philip — Fifth Avenue in Early Spring (first of two poems on the page) [Poetry Daily - note: scheduled for deletion from the site on 4/9/2011]
  45. Seidel, Frederick — Ode to Spring [Poets.org]
  46. Shakespeare, William — Spring [Poetry Out Loud]
  47. Smith, Larry — In Early Spring [The Writer's Almanac]
  48. Steele, Timothy — In the Memphis Airport [Poets.org]
  49. Stern, Gerald — Spring [The New Yorker]
  50. Stoddard, Elizabeth DrewThe Spring Afar [Oldpoetry]
  51. Swanzy, Watie W.Birds of Spring [Pompeii, Evelyn and Other Poems]
  52. Sze, Arthur — Spring Snow [Poets.org]
  53. Thomas, Edith Matilda — The Bitter-Sweet of Spring [Black Cat Poems]
  54. Updike, John — The Sometime Sportsman Greets the Spring [The Writer's Almanac] “Hope springs eternally, but spring hopes fade.” And not just for the seasonal sportsman either.
  55. Williams, William Carlos — Spring and All [The Writer's Almanac]
  56. Williams, William Carlos — The Widow’s Lament in Springtime [Poetry Out Loud]
  57. Wong, Pui Ying — Spring, Beijing [Valparaiso Poetry Review]
  58. Wordsworth, WilliamLines Written in Early Spring [Poetry Foundation] ——— [Poets.org]
  59. Zucker, RachelDiary [Surface] [Poets.org]

And this one does belong in this set, but for now I’ll keep it separate, with an eye toward eventually carving out subsets, to one of which it may belong —

Then let me not depart this season’s set without once again reciting lines from the closing stanzas of one of my fave villanelles -

I should have loved a thunderbird instead;
At least when spring comes they roar back again.
Mad Girl’s Love Song, by Sylvia Plath


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2 Responses to Spring

  1. Spring as a season seems to inspire many different kinds of artists.

    • verseperse says:

      I’ve only just started this set and am sure it will grow to be one of the largest and broadest. And like doing a wine tasting party focused solely on chardonnay, the variations of taste and depth just within this set alone already are quite striking. More, much more, to come….

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