Spring update: 30 poets, 71 poems

Vast sky, sky blue. Placid dry ocean
sky. I count four cirrus clouds.
I open every window I have
wide. Spring air races through rooms:
a joyous child.

—Michael Kleber-Diggs, "Source of My Confidence"

Flowers are blooming, birds are flitting, and warm breezes are wafting in country lanes and city windows: here in the Northern Hemisphere, spring has arrived! We're marking the occasion with a garland of 71 poems, all new to our poetry archive. Read on to encounter work from 30 exceptional poets, gathered here just for you.

Photo by Matthew Thompson.

We're excited to add poems by seven fine contemporary poets to our site for the first time this spring, writing from the United States, India, and Ireland:

And nine great poets of the past are also newly represented in our poetry archive, who worked from the 18th century through the 1990s:

Photo by Matthew Thompson.

What is all this juice and all this joy?
A strain of the earth’s sweet being in the beginning
In Eden garden.

—Gerard Manley Hopkins, "Spring"

Keep journeying down the garden path to find fresh poems by poets we've already featured, including three contemporary poets and 11 voices from the past:

Please enjoy this bouquet of poetic blooms as you make your way through spring and the seasons to come!