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?
Happiness just means not thinking too much.
We tried to tie the sky down with bungee cord.
I thought of you caught in the limbo of earth’s womb.
Even a river feels its way through the woods.
Hard to tell the laughter from the ice in the glasses.