Love


  • After Making Love We Hear Footsteps, by Galway Kinnell

    This video segment from Poetry Everywhere features the poet Galway Kinnell reading his poem “After Making Love We Hear Footsteps” at the Dodge Poetry Festival. Rhode Island-born Kinnell’s poetry shows the power of love and spirituality flowing through the small moments and interactions of everyday life.

    For a biography of the poet Galway Kinnell, please visit the Poetry Foundation Web site.

    Grades: 9-12
  • After Love, by Maxime Kumin

    This video segment from Poetry Everywhere features the poet Maxine Kumin reading her poem “After Love” at the Dodge Poetry Festival. The poem captures a brief moment of tranquility in the life of a married couple. Often compared to the poet Robert Frost, Kumin uses spare, direct language, and careful attention to detail to explore love, loss, and the natural world of her rural New England.

    For a biography of the poet Maxine Kumin, please visit the Poetry Foundation Web site.

    Grades: 9-12
  • For What Binds Us, by Jane Hirshfield

    This video segment from Poetry Everywhere features the poet Jane Hirshfield reading her poem "For What Binds Us" at the Dodge Poetry Festival. What does it mean to have a relationship over time? Jane Hirshfield wonders in her poetry about different kinds of bonds between people, some of which we cannot anticipate. How much we can really help each other, even the ones we love? How does time change relationships and heal wounds?

    For a biography of the poet Jane Hirshfield please visit the Poetry Foundation Web site.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Lake Echo, Dear, by C. D. Wright

    This video segment from Poetry Everywhere features the poet C. D. Wright reads her poem “Lake Echo, Dear” at the Dodge Poetry Festival. Born in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas in 1949, Wright has developed a style of poetry all her own—both experimental and Southern, implicit in its lyrical utterance and yet grounded in an inherent sense of the unutterable.

    For a biography of the poet C. D. Wright please visit the Poetry Foundation Web site.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Slow Dance, by Matthew Dickman

    This video segment from Poetry Everywhere features the poet Matthew Dickman reading his poem “Slow Dance” at the Dodge Poetry Festival. “Human beings are meaning-making creatures. We cannot help it. We cannot stop doing it.” This quote from Matthew Dickman could be the motto of everyone who reads poetry: even when you are not quite sure you understand it, you want to find meaning in it, and you do.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Touch Me, by Stanley Kunitz

    This video segment from Poetry Everywhere features the poet Stanley Kunitz reading his poem "Touch me" at the Dodge Poetry Festival. Stanley Kunitz wrote about new life—renewal, shaking off old habits and ideas, and the cycle of life and death. His poetry was always changing, and he continued to write new poems until his death at age 100 in 2006; in fact, he became Poet Laureate at the age of 95.

    For a biography of the poet Stanley Kunitz please visit the Poetry Foundation Web site.

    Grades: 7-12
  • The Wild Old Wicked Man, by William Butler Yeats

    This video segment from Poetry Everywhere features jazz musician Wynton Marsalis reading the poem "The Wild Old Wicked Man" written by his favorite poet William Butler Yeats. Yeats was the most respected of all Irish poets by the time he reached old age. Throughout his career he avoided the “low” subject matter of many other Irish poets, focusing on classical allusions and themes. But in his old age, he found a voice for the lowly thoughts and emotions inside himself—the Wild Old Wicked Man.

    For a biography of the poet William Butler Yeats please visit the Poetry Foundation Web site.

    Grades: 9-12