The speaker in Linda Pastan's poem, "Traveling Light," uses preparation for a short journey to dramatize the guesswork involved in prediction.
Named for America’s first feminist writer, Margaret Fuller, Mrs. Slack laments marriage and motherhood that crushed her dreams of greatness in becoming the next George Eliot.
Plastic pollution is a worldwide environmental problem that is a danger to marine life, including seabirds, turtles and whales, and plastic has entered the food chain so is also a danger to humans.
The epitaph spoken by "Nancy Kanpp" remains one of the more baffling reports. While miffed by life's events, Nancy keeps her listener in the dark about certain important facts, however.
The name of the poet is unknown, but it was translated by John L. Foster; this poem offers a glimpse of an ancient culture. Because it is a translation, its accuracy cannot be affirmed.
Mary Oliver's "Reckless Poem" features the theme of self-awareness, dramatizing the act of intuitive knowledge superseding supposedly empirical evidence.
Invoking the Marxist mystique of the proletarian vs. bourgeoisie struggle, Williams attempts to offer a sympathetic look at a young woman's plight, but the ambiguity of his subject confuses the issue.
The boat with furled sail chiseled on his tombstone prompts George Gray to speculate about his stalled life.
In Anne Sexton's poem, "Her Kind," the speaker creates three caricatures, dramatizing through colorful imagery an identity akin to that seen through fun-house mirrors.
Fiddle Jones is one of the less melancholy figures of Spoon River, though he has suffered his own share of trials and tribulations as many of them have.