Poetry

Seven Classic January Poems

January Poems

One of my goals for the New Year is to read more poetry…

 

Certainly our new Lectionary Poetry project will help with that, but we also will try to feature other sorts of poems here.  Below you’ll find seven classic January poems — many of which are available in FREE ebooks! Mary Oliver, W.S. Merwin, Denise Levertov, Emily Dickinson, MORE

 
 

A Certain Slant of Light
Emily Dickinson

Found in the book
Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

(Available as FREE Ebook on the page linked above)

 

There’s a certain slant of light,
On winter afternoons,
That oppresses, like the weight
Of cathedral tunes.

Heavenly hurt it gives us;
We can find no scar,
But internal difference
Where the meanings are.

None may teach it anything,
‘ T is the seal, despair, —
An imperial affliction
Sent us of the air.

When it comes, the landscape listens,
Shadows hold their breath;
When it goes, ‘t is like the distance
On the look of death.
 
 

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