Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Top Five Poems of 2011

So here are my favorite poems I've written in 2011.

This is a fun thing to do at years end to look at what I've written. This was by far my most prolific year, and so it's fun to look back at what I've done. These are the five poems I like the most.

5. Women's Work
This one is probably the most polemic poem I've written. I dig.

4. The Way to Galilee
I like this one a lot. It's one I worked on a whole ton, and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. It's not a style I use much, and it's tough to take on spiritual topics with out sounding cliche.

3. Esau/Jacob
I like how this two poems relate to one another and make one piece. They were fun to write, and a style I want to use more in the future.

2. Lazarus
This is one of the only form poems I've written, and picks up up on the idea of resurrection which was a theme of mine early in the year. I'm real proud of this, and it's about a topic I aspire to write about as much as possible.

1. Lake Louise, 1990
I wrote this as a birthday gift for my sister, and at first I thought it was just a solid poem. The more I've looked at it, the more tight I think it is. It's definitely the style I want to be associated with as much as possible. I dig on the particular note of nostalgia and line breaks. Also noteworthy, it's the only poem in my top five that doesn't have anything to do with my faith.