Top Five Poems: 2008–2009

Among the many superb poems we published last year as Poems of the Week, five stood out for their deep humanity and intelligence. These poems, one by a Frenchman, one by a Belarussian, and three by Americans, provide a keyhole through which we can peer at a woman who has suffered in war; a father and child at their kitchen table; a woman buried in an Egyptian tomb; a lover who cannot bear to leave; a traveler extolling us to live.

The Poem of the Week series for 2009–2010 begins next Sunday. 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.

Congratulations to the winners. Each receives a $200 award.