Completely Subjective: Alan Bernheimer’s “20 Questions” - “20 Questions” by Alan Bernheimer was originally published in the SHINY and the Forward and then later on published in The Best American Poetry volume for 2004. Alan was born in NYC which is why the first question came to him on 9/11/2001. The entire poem was spakred on September 11, 2001 when someone said…
Completely Subjective: Adrienne Rich’s “The Architect” - Published in 2001 in The Paris Review, Adrienne Rich’s “The Architect” is a poem I feel that I understand on a personal level. This poem uses creative language and relatable topics to connect with the reader. I first read this poem while trying to find something to pitch to my class. I felt that Rich’s work was…
Completely Subjective: Louise Gluck’s “Reunion” - After browsing through the 2002 volume of BAP, I came across one specific poem that stuck out to me more than others.  “Reunion,” By Louise Gluck displayed a simple message that I could relate to on multiple occasions, and expressed these ideas through writing that required thought and time to understand. While growing up, I…
Completely Subjective: David Wagoner’s “Casting Aspersions” - As I was looking through the selection of poems in the 2013 edition of “The Best American Poetry” One poem in particular grabbed my attention.  Written by David Wagoner “Casting Aspersions” seems to be just as much a rebuttal to an attack on him as it is  poem. Wagoner is the author of ten novels…
Completely Subjective: Dick Allen’s “What you have to Get Over” - I turn my head towards the scoreboard, thoughts of a long season loom in my head about what could’ve been.  We had one goal; to come out on top as champions, but the score said otherwise.  It seemed as though months of hard work, sweat, and blood were all for nothing.  My once burning passion…
Completely Subjective: Charles Simic “Carrying On Like a Crow” -   This poem does not have a publication date but first appeared in London review books. Three tidbits that seem relevant in this poem. “What do you know about dark clouds? Ponds full of fallen leaves?” “Flapping your wings from tree to tree and carrying on like a crow” “Old model cars rusting in the driveway”   These three lines relate a lot to the pictures below. They describe an almost identical feeling to Pennsylvania in the winter. This poem is about a very rural, abandon area/neighborhood.  Using context clues it seems like it is winter, based on the dark…
Completely Subjective: Jessica Goodheart’s “Advice for a Stegosaurus” - Advice for a Stegosaurus seems like a simplistic poem at first glance due to the short length of the poem and the easy to understand language, but it has a message that can be missed on a person’s first time reading it. The message is one that a lot of people can relate to because…
Completely Subjective: Stephen Dunn’s “The Imagined” - People, including myself, sometimes live in the imaginary side of the world. I think about unrealistic circumstances where I always come out on top. I dream about things that are unrealistic. These things range from the topics of sports to aspects of my daily life. Last Saturday, I sat in my bed thinking about the…
Completely Subjective: Charles Fort’s “One Had Lived in a Room and Loved Nothing” - The poem “One Had Lived in a Room and Loved Nothing,” By Charles Fort, at a first glance is not a long one at all. It is a nice and short one, however in this shorter poem there is a lot of meaning an connection that could be be made. I found a connection through this…
Completely Subjective: Louise Glück’s “Time” - When looking at the title of the poem “Time” by Louise Glück , I thought it was about the complexity of time. But when reading it, not only did the poem explore the many facets of time, it also included some personal moments that I could relate to. The character of the poem was a sickly…