Poems for Summer

Year

2008

It's like living in a light bulb, with the leaves
Like filaments and the sky a shell of thin, transparent glass
Enclosing the late heaven of a summer day, a canopy
Of incandescent blue above the dappled sunlight golden
     on the grass...

          From Sally's Hair Hear it! by John Koethe


More poems for Summer:

A Boy and His Dad by Edgar Guest
A boy and his dad on a fishing-trip...
A Green Crab's Shell by Mark Doty
Not, exactly, green:...
A Lesson for This Sunday Hear it! by Derek Walcott
The growing idleness of summer grass...
A Path Between Houses by Greg Rappleye
The enigma of August....
After Reading Tu Fu, I Go Outside to the Dwarf Orchard by Charles Wright
East of me, west of me, full summer....
Aftermath by Tony Connor
Slumped in a prickly armchair...
Alice at Seventeen: Like a Blind Child by Darcy Cummings
One summer afternoon, I learned by body...
Anastasia & Sandman by Larry Levis
The brow of a horse in that moment when...
And You Thought You Were the Only One by Mark Bibbins
Someone waits at my door. Because he is...
Arms by Richard Tayson
I'm late for the birth-...
Back Yard by Carl Sandburg
Shine on, O moon of summer...
Bath by Amy Lowell
The day is fresh-washed and fair...
Bed in Summer by Robert Louis Stevenson
In winter I get up at night...
Daffy Duck In Hollywood by John Ashbery
Something strange is creeping across me....
Fat Southern Men in Summer Suits by Liam Rector
Fat Southern men in their summer suits...
Fishing on the Susquehanna in July by Billy Collins
I have never been fishing on the Susquehanna...
For Once, Then, Something by Robert Frost
Others taught me with having knelt at well-curbs...
Ground Swell Hear it! by Mark Jarman
Is nothing real but when I was fifteen,...
I, Up they soar by Inger Christensen
I / Up they soar, the planet's butterflies,...
Idyll by Siegfried Sassoon
In the grey summer garden I shall find you...
If You Get There Before I Do by Dick Allen
Air out the linens, unlatch the shutters on the eastern side,...
In Summer by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Oh, summer has clothed the earth...
Insect Life of Florida by Lynda Hull
In those days I thought their endless thrum...
Jack by Maxine Kumin
How pleasant the yellow butter...
Jet by Tony Hoagland
Sometimes I wish I were still out...
June Light by Richard Wilbur
Your voice, with clear location of June days...
Let Birds by Linda Gregg
Eight deer on the slope...
Long Island Sound by Emma Lazarus
I see it as it looked one afternoon...
Making the Bed by Burt Kimmelman
Summer country. In the morning the leaves...
Miracles by Walt Whitman
Why, who makes much of a miracle...
My Mother on an Evening in Late Summer by Mark Strand
When the moon appears...
On 52nd Street by Philip Levine
Down sat Bud, raised his hands,...
On the Grasshopper and the Cricket by John Keats
The poetry of earth is never dead:...
Poem at Thirty by Michael Ryan
The rich little kids across the street...
Poem for Adlai Stevenson and Yellow Jackets by David Young
It's summer, 1956, in Maine, a camp resort...
Psychoanalysis: An Elegy by Jack Spicer
What are you thinking about?...
Rhode Island Hear it! by William Meredith
Here at the seashore they use the clouds over & over...
Sally's Hair Hear it! by John Koethe
It's like living in a light bulb, with the leaves...
Shaking the Grass by Janice N. Harrington
Evening, and all my ghosts come back to me...
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? (Sonnet 18) by William Shakespeare
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?...
Summer at Blue Creek, North Carolina by Jack Gilbert
There was no water at my grandfather's...
Summer Holiday by Robinson Jeffers
When the sun shouts and people abound...
Summer Night, Riverside by Sara Teasdale
In the wild soft summer darkness...
Summer Past by John Gray
There was the summer. There...
Summer Song by William Carlos Williams
Wanderer moon...
Summer X-Rays by Nina Cassian
Fabulous days...
The Abduction by Stanley Kunitz
Some things I do not profess...
The Bargain by Cyrus Cassells
In the transatlantic fury...
The Family Photograph by Vona Groarke
In the window of the drawing-room...
The Fishermen at Guasti Park by Maurya Simon
In the first days of summer...
The Fly by William Blake
Little fly...
The Idea of Order at Key West Hear it! by Wallace Stevens
She sang beyond the genius of the sea....
The Last Slow Days of Summer by Phillip Lopate
"BE YOUR OWN MASTER!" says the Vedanta Society sign...
The Philosopher in Florida by C. Dale Young
Midsummer lies on this town...
The Summer House by Tony Connor
The Danube glitters and toils...
The White Room by Charles Simic
The obvious is difficult...
They'll spend the summer by Joshua Beckman
They'll spend the summer...
Vacation by Rita Dove
I love the hour before takeoff...
Vertumnal [excerpt] by Stephen Yenser
Close call, close call, close...
Vespers by Louise Glück
In your extended absence, you permit me...
Warm Summer Sun by Mark Twain
Warm summer sun...
Wildflower by Stanley Plumly
Some—the ones with fish names—grow so north...

 


 
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