Top Five Poems of the Week:

“It is the fate of poetry to fall in love with the world, in spite of history,” wrote Derek Walcott. The challenges of recent history touch this year’s Top Five Poems of the Week, from overcoming the isolation of pandemic lockdown, to a fantasy of escaping a diminished present via time travel to a more tender past, to a woman’s sorrowing anger over nature’s and a man’s indifference, then a Nigerian song of spirit and mortality, and finally an empathetic, humorous poem in couplets about the ironies of burdens and responsibilites—all in all, five poems with love for our sorrowful, astonishing, imperfect, generous world.

Congratulations to the winners.