Top Five Poems: 2011–2012


Encountering childhood ghosts during a night out for ice cream; identifying with wasps; musing on the structure of a poet’s head in relation to his craft; being kept awake by a chorus of songbirds; realizing your wife knows something about your marriage that you don’t. This year’s Top Five poems are genuine and intimate, with rich imagery that draws you in and an edge that keeps you there. Read these poems, and next time you take a walk or bicker with someone you love, you will find that you are living surrounded by poetry.

The Poem of the Week series for 2012–2013 starts on October 28. If you would like to send a poem for consideration as a Poem of the Week, please see our Guidelines. Each October the Top Five Poems are selected for special notice.


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