Sunday, March 23, 2014

Ten of the best poems about spring

At the Observer, Kate Kellaway named the ten best poems about spring, including:
Billy Collins

Collins’s poem is a single sentence, like a sigh of pleasure. It begins: “If ever there were a spring day so perfect…” He imagines taking “a hammer to the glass paperweight / on the living-room end table / releasing the inhabitants / from their snow-covered cottage.” There is a delightful playfulness here – a sense of being, in spring, a mini-God within the kingdom of one’s own front room. Captive figures from the snow dome now venture out: “holding hands and squinting / into this larger dome of blue and white” as this witty, carefree poem completes what it started.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue