The Great Poem Series: Billy Collins “Grave” - In New York City, 1941, arguably the most popular poet in America to this date was born. That man was the infamous Billy Collins.  After having a successful career in teaching, Collins shifted his focus to the world of poetry.  He went on from then to compose numerous amounts of successful poems; many of which…
“Hustle” by Jericho Brown - I find that it is necessary for a poem to address a topic that all readers can connect to in a negative or positive way. I call topics that can do this timeless topics. Jericho Brown is renowned for addressing such topics, some which are race, sexuality, and judgement; All of these topics are brought…
The Great Poem Series: James Galvin’s “On the Sadness of Wedding Dresses” - James Galvin’s “On the Sadness of Wedding Dresses” is featured in the 2015 volume of The Best American Poetry, first published in The Iowa Review. The poem revolves around the tragic stories of wedding dresses after “their one heroic day in the limelight”. It creates a depressing mood around the concept of a wedding dress…
The Great Poem Series: Nin Andrews’ “The Art of Drinking Tea” - “The Art of Drinking Tea” by Nin Andrews was published in February of 2013 and appeared in The Best American Poetry’s 2013 volume. The poem is about a man who has been alone for a long time and feels he is just a shell of what he once was. I guess because of loneliness He…
The Great Poem Series: Debora Greger’s “Eve in the Fall” - Though Debora Greger’s “Eve in the Fall” was originally published in “The New Criterion” during April of 2008, I stumbled across it in my 2009 edition of “Best American Poetry”. In the poem, Greger connects images of nature and the season of autumn together to convey the feeling of hopelessness and the act of losing…
The Great Poem Series: Kim Addonizio’s “Chicken” - As I was flipping through my 2004 Best American Poetry edition I came across the poem “Chicken” by Kim Addonizio. This poem caught my eye because unlike the other poems in my BAP it wasn’t just a good poem, but it was a great poem. Kim Addonizio takes the frequently used riddle “ why did…
The Great Poem Series: Lynne Sharon Schwartz “The Afterlife” -   Lynne Sharon Schwartz’s, “The Afterlife”, is one of her many works which has received national attention. The writing is a piece of contemporary poetry and is featured in the 2012 edition of “The Best American Poetry”. Schwartz has received numerous awards including grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and…
The Great Poem Series: Debora Greger’s “Eve in the Fall” -   The Great Poem Series:  Debora Greger’s “Eve in the Fall” is from the BAP 2009 edition and was published by New Citation in 2009 . Greger is able to really capture fall in just a little over a page.  She describes an evening in the fall like it’s a person.  She explains how it…
The Great Poem Series: Kay Ryan’s “Home to Roost” - The poem, Home to Roost, was created by Kay Ryan who is considered to be on of the most original voices in contemporary poetry. The poem is about bad deeds coming back to haunt you and in order to understand the poem, the reader must understand the saying “Chickens coming home to roost.” The meaning…
The Great Poem Series: “Meet Me at the Lighthouse” by Dana Gioia - 3The Great Poem Series: Dana Gioia’s “Meet Me at the Lighthouse” The Poem “Meet Me at the Lighthouse,” By Dana Gioia, in the 2016 BAP is a poem about reminiscing on the past. The Poem talks about how He misses the past, and wishes he could go back. I love how the poem is about…