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.
Press your head against the porous plaster of my house.
Don’t forget the chickadees and those bawdy tunes.
Volley those notes into the spotlight and sing.
Our jokes writhed smiles across the asphalt.
In naked majesty she walked out of his life forever.