July is a rich time for poetry; a time for summer poems. We love the nostalgia of the heat, the summer camps, thunderstorms, the plenty of the farm, tanned legs, and even slugs. Here are a few of our favorite summer poems.
- Sharon Olds: “The Summer-Camp Bus Pulls Away from the Curb“
- Dana Gioia: “Summer Storm” (watch him read it here)
- Tony Hoagland: “Jet“
- Mark Strand: “My Mother on an Evening in Late Summer“
- Gary Soto: “A Red Palm“
It’s time to get writing. What are your favorite poems of the warmest season?
About the Author: Abigail Browning
Abigail Browning, Founder and Managing Editor, a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, received her MFA in Poetry at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Abigail has poems either published or forthcoming in the Yemassee Journal Online, The Greensboro Review, Linebreak, and RHINO Poetry. In addition, she was honored to receive the Amon Liner Poetry Award, the Noel Callow/Academy of American Poets’ Prize, and was a finalist for the Linda Flowers NC Arts Prize. She also has a passion for jazz music and dance, and teaches swing-era dances in her free time: www.abigailbrowning.com. Currently, she is studying Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media as a PhD at NC State in Raleigh, NC.