Almanac — Thomas Gray b.1716; Mary Robinson d.1800; Robert Fuller Murray b.1863; Jean Toomer b.1894; Ivor Gurney d.1937; John Heath-Stubbs d.2006; Dennis Brutus d.2009
- Incompetence — Mark D. Hart [Rattle] Delightful! Exactly how my poetry reading feels. Or even more so, any of the times I attempt to write. No wonder the space gets left empty so often.
- December 26 — Kenn Nesbitt [The Writer’s Almanac] The adult list is longer but just as familiar to any.
- One With Others (excerpt) — C. D. Wright [Poetry Daily] Adding the entire piece to my wish list. Sobering one to read immediately after today’s Writer’s Almanac selection.
- Hurricane — Yona Harvey [Verse Daily]
- A Christmas Carol — George Wither [Poets.org] “…let us sing some roundelays / To make our mirth the fuller…”
- On Quitting — Edgar Albert Guest [Poetry Foundation] “And you never will know what is meant by grit / Unless there’s something you’ve tried to quit.”
- Unholy Sonnet 1 — Mark Jarman [Poetry Out Loud]
- Dressing My Daughters — Mark Jarman [Poetry Out Loud]
- Prothalamion — Edmund Spenser [Poetry Foundation] The closing words of each stanza’s refrain – “till I end my song” – providing the title for a book I received for Christmas, Till I End My Song: A Gathering of Last Poems, an anthology of final poems, edited by Harold Bloom.
- Three poems: No Banyan, Only; On The Beach; and Their Behavior — Dennis Brutus (d.12/26/2009) [Logos Journal]
- The Carrion Crow — John Heath-Stubbs (d.12/26/2006) [Poetry Archive]
- The Silent One — Ivor Gurney (d.12/26/1937) [First World War.com]
- The Delights of Mathematics — Robert Fuller Murray (b.12/26/1863) [Representative Poetry Online]
- Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard — Thomas Gray (b.12/26/1716) [The Thomas Gray Archive]