In the Spotlight

All Hallow's Eve

All Hallows' Eve by Dorothea Tanning "Hear bones crack and pulverize. / Doom creeps in on rubber treads."



Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight by Vachel Lindsay "A mourning figure walks, and will not rest"

Channel Firing  by Thomas Hardy "And many a skeleton shook his head."

The Light the Dead See by Frank Stanford "They are called the dead who lived through their deaths,"


Eerie and Surreal

Abandoned Farmhouse by Ted Kooser "Something went wrong, says the empty house"

All This and More by Mary Karr "with claws curled / and lacquered black"

The Coming of the Plague by Weldon Kees "Huddled together, silent, ominous,"

Full Moon by Elinor Wylie "I could not suck the moonlight in."

The Hill by Joshua Mehigan "they wait and will be waiting."

In the Desert by Stephen Crane "I saw a creature, naked, bestial,"

Inside Out by Diane Wakoski "I walk the purple carpet into your eye"

The Listeners by Walter de La Mare " Their stillness answering his cry,"

Lunar Baedeker by Mina Loy "Delirious Avenues / lit /with the chandelier souls"


Creepy Crawlies and Creatures of the Night

A Barred Owl by Richard Wilbur "Words, which can make our terrors bravely clear,"

Cold Blooded Creatures by Elinor Wylie "Swim staring at a night-mare doom."

Insect by Annie Finch "antenna-honest, / thread-descending,"

A narrow fellow in the grass by Emily Dickinson "His notice sudden is, / The grass divides as with a comb,"

A Noiseless Patient Spider by Walt Whitman "It launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself,"

The Owl by Edward Thomas "An owl’s cry, a most melancholy cry"

Taratulas in the Lifebuoy by Thomas Lux "these otherwise / bright and scary / arachnids." 

Under the Vulture-Tree by David Bottoms "every limb of the dead oak feathered black,"

Very Large Moth by Craig Arnold "knows only to startle / and cower away from the slap of  its wings"

Teachers--Looking for Ideas?

Whether you're in need of completely new lesson plans, a few new ideas to freshen up your curriculum, plans to complement the POL program in your classroom, or just some ideas on how to teach poetry in general, we've got you covered. 

Visit our Lesson Plan page for lessons dealing with voice like our most popular LP, the Tone Map, where the objective is to get students to become more adept at identifying and naming subtle shifts in voice, tone, and mood. 

Or if you are looking for some help in getting your students to particpate in close reading, we have plans like Visualizing Voice, where students perform close reading on points of emphasis in a poem and then create comics. 

We also have many lesson plans that deal with certain types and forms of poetry, like the Golden Shovel, which asks students to write their own poetry based on a Gwendolyn Brooks poem. 

If you are a teacher, please take advantage of our resources (and those at the Poetry Foundation's Learning Lab). And if you have any great teaching ideas, please share them with us! 

Happy 2015-2016 school year!