DPF / Lowell

For the day before the cruelest month and National-Poetry-Month Eve, from poetryfoundation.org.

from Spring Day / by Amy Lowell

The sky is blue and high. A crow flaps by the window, and there is a whiff of tulips and narcissus in the air.


DPF / Tate

For lifting spirits, from The Eternal Ones of the Dream.

from Behind the Milk Bottle / by James Tate

As for pillagers, think twice:
behind the milk bottle another milk bottle
and a nest of unruly ribbons
and a ghost who barks at airplanes.

DPF / Collins

For something to make anyone smile, from The Trouble with Poetry.

from The Introduction / by Billy Collins

Wagga Wagga is in New South Wales.
Rhyolite is that soft volcanic rock.
What else?
Yes, meranti is a type of timber, in tropical Asia I think,
and Rahway is just Rahway, New Jersey.

The rest of the poem should be clear.
I’ll just read it and let it speak for itself.

DPF / Berryman

Because he always brightens my day no matter how dark, this one’s for and from Berryman, from The Dream Songs.

from Dream Song #112 / by John Berryman

for every word she utters everywhere
shows her good soul, as true as a healed bone,–
being part of what I meant to say.