Welcome to this month’s poetry classroom, with poet and professor Julie L. Moore. We invite you to respond to the poems we’ll share here—their forms, images, sounds, meanings, surprises—ask questions of Julie and each other, and write your own poems along the way.
Did you know that if you stand in your yard
just after dusk
lifting your eyes like a prayer
to the heavens
& peer into snow falling
your senses will swirl
& you can pretend, well enough,
that you are in another
world—you & the weightless
from the sky’s broken neck-
lace—& you will spin
in orbit somewhere else
anywhere but here
in the universe of pain?
1. The poem asks if you know this about staring into falling snow. Do you?
2. Note that the poet uses the & sign instead of the word “and.” What do you think about this choice? Would the poem feel different if the actual word had been used?
3. The line breaks in this poem are notable. Do you have any favorites? Tell us why.