My 100

Still in progress (as of Jan 2022). Partly inspired by Beth Ann Fennelly’s My 100. These are not necessarily my favorite poems, although many of them are; they are ones I memorized when I needed them (for comfort, inspiration, hope, some project I was working on).

  1. Auto-lullaby/ Franz Wright
  2. Tell all the truth but tell it slant/ Emily Dickinson
  3. And Swept All Visible Signs Away/ Carl Phillips
  4. LOVESONG OF THE SQUARE ROOT OF NEGATIVE ONE/ Richard Siken
  5. It’s all I have to bring today/ Emily Dickinson
  6. Dear One Absent This Long While/ Lisa Olstein 
  7. Ode to My Right Knee/ Rita Dove
  8. The Trees/ Phillip Larkin
  9. Instructions on Not Giving Up/ Ada Limón
  10. What Would Root/ Katie Farris
  11. Threshold/ Maggie Smith
  12. Voiceover/ Rita Dove
  13. I dwell in Possibility – (466)/ EMILY DICKINSON
  14. I Remember/ Anne Sexton
  15. Doors/ Carl Sandburg 
  16. Praying/ Mary Oliver
  17. Invitation/ Mary Oliver
  18. Crows/ Marilyn Nelson
  19. Wild Geese/ Mary Oliver
  20. Turkey Vultures/ Ted Kooser
  21. Perhaps You Tire of Birds/ Donika Kelly
  22. Before I got my eye put out/ Emily Dickinson
  23. The Meadow/ Marie Howe
  24. The Gate/ Marie Howe
  25. Natural Forces/ Vicente Huidobro
  26. I Look Up from My Book and Out at the World through Reading Glasses/ Diane Seuss
  27. Halos/ Ed Bok Lee
  28. Push the Button, Hear the Sound/ Helen Mort
  29. Babel/ Kimberly Johnson
  30. Writing a Poem/ Shirley Geok-lim Lin
  31. Snow-flakes/ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  32. Dust of Snow/ Robert Frost 
  33. Snow flakes. (45)/ Emily Dickinson
  34. Let It Be Forgotten/ SARA TEASDALE
  35. We grow accustomed to the Dark — / Emily Dickinson
  36. The Original Lyric Ballads Version of Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” (first half)
  37. Nothing Gold Can Stay/ Robert Frost
  38. Spring and Fall /Gerard Manly Hopkins
  39. Sick /Shel Silverstein
  40. Nobody /Emily Dickinson
  41. Out, Out– /Robert Frost
  42. Luke /Mary Oliver
  43. Can You Imagine? /Mary Oliver