Humor and heart characterize the five poems selected for special mention from among the many Poems of the Week we loved this past year. These Top Five include Erin Belieu’s sardonic, vulnerable poem about watching a sport she despises; Luisa A. Igloria’s musings on holding close what is ours; Lisa Olstein’s quiet poem in the voice of a lepidopterist; Anne Marie Rooney’s tour de force of wordplay that “hisses like a firehouse”; and Mark Bibbins’s candid condemnation of our forgetfulness. Read individually or all together, these poems perfectly evoke a human desire for poetry not just to recapitulate experience but, in Olstein’s simple phrase, to “be an experience.”
The Chihuahuas have spent their lives in the backyard.
We can’t know anyone but have a way of not minding.
What’s dark if not the catalyst of desire?
I have arrived in a place I think I will stay for a while.
In your mind I burn like thirty watts of unstrained honey.