Top Five Poems: 2013–2014


A lover waiting for her man to be pulled out of a mine shaft, knowing she will lose him once he’s safe; a jazz devotee lost in a reverie induced by memories and music; a girl with a crush desperately trying to prevent the sky from disappearing over her head: these are some of the characters whose shoes you will step into when reading this year’s the Top Five Poems of the Week. When you’re done it may take you a minute to recall who you are—and isn’t that a wonder of all great poetry, its transcending power?

The Poem of the Week series for 2014–2015 starts on October 20. 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 of the Week are selected for special notice.


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