The teenaged speaker and his friend enjoy the security of their hometowns yet also long to experience the wider world. Ultimately, they find an environment that provides the best of both.
Rachel Hadas's recent poetry collection Poems for Camilla works against itself in many ways.
A meeting between teenage friends foreshadows the distance that will grow between them.
Stagnation and frustration during a summer vacation.
The speaker reunites with and again grows apart from someone special to him.
A teenager, desperate to save up money for college during a recession, pursues his dream summer job--briefly.
Recollection of the beginning of a spring
The ups and downs of prominent aspects of the late St. Lucian poet Derek Walcott's most celebrated work.
In The Rain in the Trees, W. S. Merwin combines aspects of Romanticism and postmodernism in his approach to nature.
The speaker, a high school senior, feels torn between the excitement and dread of starting college.
A section of my long poem about growing up in my hometown of Greenbelt, Maryland. This section provides an overview of my cadre of friends during my senior year of high school.
Another section of my long poem about my hometown of Greenbelt, Maryland, in which the teenaged speaker faces tension between personal and social priorities.
A review of Edward Hirsch's volume of new and selected poems.
A section from my long poem about growing up in my hometown of Greenbelt, Maryland. Sometimes, we think we're closer to those we care about than we are.
As an apprentice reporter, the teenaged speaker starts to explore beyond his hometown.
The story of one Boston-area Jewish day school's fundraiser provides an example of how Jewish communities support communal institutions.
A profile of one of the Boston area's most prominent poetry reading series.
New boys' high school in Boston strives for best of Torah and secular education.
The speaker learns that, in the words of John Lennon, "Life's what happens to you when you're off somewhere making other plans."
A section from my long poem about my hometown of Greenbelt, Maryland.
The impact of a different landscape on the speaker and his creativity.
What I saw, felt, and thought on the city's worst day.
Changing circumstances and timeless traditions at the modest home base of a worldwide Hasidic dynasty.
The speaker seeks comfort from grief in nature, and learns how to universalize his grief by mirroring what he sees in writing.
The ups and downs of Mary Oliver's poetry collection Swan.
The true reasons for the non-existence of a Palestinian State