Spring for Poetry

Since 2007, Takoma Park has been welcoming spring with colorful poetry posters along Carroll Avenue, from the Junction to Old Town, in city parks, and at the Library and Community Center. These posters are the result of a collaboration between the Friends and the Montgomery College School of Art and Design, in which second-year graphic arts students design posters of poems that a small committee selects each year. Over these years, students have designed more than 200 poetry posters by American/U.S. poets as well as translations of poems from Arabic, Hebrew, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Hungarian, and Welsh.

Spring for Poetry in Takoma Park has become part of the cityscape. Below is an archive of most of the Spring for Poetry posters going back several years. They are arranged by year and alphabetically by author. You may also find the poem you are looking for on this comprehensive list by author (but note that this document is a work in progress, and links to works from earlier years may not yet be updated).

Poems from 2017

Carla Baez, I Seek Women
David Bottoms, Under the Vulture Tree
John Clare, I Am
Wanda Coleman, They Will Not Be Poets
Bob Dylan, from A Hard Rain’s A’Gonna Fall
Robert Frost, Neither Out Far, Nor In Deep
Barbara Goldberg, Teeth
Joy Harjo, Ah, Ah
Nazim Hikmet, Angina Pectoris
Kabir, Brother, I’ve Seen Some
Rachel Korn, A New Dress & Everything Forlorn
Marta Kornblith, The Books of the Dead
Merrill Leffler, Take Hold
Shirley Goek-Lin Lim, Learning to Love America
Elaine Maggerell, The Joy of Cooking
Campbell McGrath, Releasing the Sherpas
Jeane Nordhaus, Memo from the Border
Memo from the Broken World

Simon Ortiz, Blind Curse
Jack Pretlutsky, Be Glad Your Nose is on Your Face
Ravi Shankar, Buzzards
Wislawa Szymborska, Seen from Above
John Yau, Confessions of a Recycled Shopping Bag

Poems from 2016

Elizabeth Bishop, View of the Capitol from the Library of Congress
Bertolt Brecht, The Burning of Books
Tirso Canales, City of San Salvador
Rosa Chavez, We, Stones, Were Branded by Hot Iron
Billy Collins, Liu Yung
Emily Dickinson, Wild Nights & This Is My Letter
Louise Glück, The Evening Star
Ray Gonzalez, They Call the Mountain Carlos
Judah Halevi, My Heart Is in the East
Fady Joudah, Mimesis
Robert King, Embedding the Cancer Port
David Livewell, Custodians
Claude McKay, Harlem Shadows
Gabriela Mistral, Richess & Riguera
Susan Okie, Slippery
Abd al-Rahman, A Palm Tree
Elena Shvarts, Night Bath
Brian Swann, Peel
Ruth Whitman, A Spider on My Poem
Liu Yung, On a High Tower

Poems from 2015

Eugenio De Andrade, Urgently
Anonymous, The Lover in Winter Plaineth for the Spring
W.H. Auden, Musée des Beaux Arts
Ellen Bass, Reincarnation
Pied Bonnet, A Matter of Statistics
Grace Cavalieri, Tomato Pies
Toi Derricott, Black Boys Play the Classics
Mykhailo Draj-Khmara, Swans
Eytan Eytan, The Wind Grinds
George Gordon (Lord Byron), We’ll Go No More A-Roving
George Gospodinov, My Mother Reads Poetry
Hafez, The Faithful Lover
Thomas Hardy, The Man he Killed
Robert Hedin, This Morning I Could Do a Thousand Things
Mary Oliver, That Summer Day
Kay Ryan, Sharks Teeth & Flamingo
Ntozake Shange, i live in music
Louis Simpson, Frogs
Ann Slayton, Ghost Dancers
Mark Strand, The End
Jane Yolen, Earth Day
Adam Zagajewiski, Try to Praise the Mutilated World

Poems from 2014

Beth Baker, The Ladies of Sherman Avenue
Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones), Ka’Ba & Monday in B-Flat
Anne Alexander Bingham, It Is Enough
William Blake, The Tyger
Todd Boss, My Dog Has No Nose
Bertoldt Brecht, To Eat of Meat Joyously
Lucille Clifton, My mama moved among the days & Oh antic god
e.e. cummings, i carry your heart with me
Natalie Diaz, Reservation Grass
Robert Frost, Design & Never Again Would Birds Song Be the Same
Amy Gerstler, In Perpetual Spring
Jack Gilbert, Horses at Midnight Without a Moon
George Gordon (Lord Byron), Man is a Carnivorous Production
Seamus Heaney, Oysters
Juana de Ibarbouro, Woman
Etheridge Knight, To Dinah Washington
Ted Kooser, The Wild Plums in Blossom
Philip Larkin, The Card-Players
Lou Lipsitz, The Igloo
Bernadette Mayer, Sardines
W.S. Merwin, The Night Plums
Marianne Moore, A Jelly-fish & Oh to Be a Dragon & Poetry
Lisel Mueller, Things
Harold Norse, The Business of Poetry
Rainer Marie-Rilke, The Panther
Theodore Roethke, In a Dark Time
Rumi, Three by Rumi
Charles Simic, In the Library
Christian Wiman, Let Us Remember
Valarie Worth, Rocks
Choi Young-Mi, In a Subway

Poems from 2013

Eugene de Andrade, Words
Dick Allen, You May Leave a Memory
Nancy Arbuthnot, Diamond Lullaby
Rose Auslander, My Nightingale
Virginia Bell, The Things We Find
Hilaire Belloc, Said the Toad
Mario Bendetti, Pastime/Pasatiempo
Elizabeth Bishop, Sandpiper
Kwesi Brew, Ancestral Voices
Gwendolyn Brooks, The Crazy Woman
Brenda Cardenas, Zacuanpapalotls
Helen Chasin, The Word Plum
Sandra Cisneros Heart, My Lovely Hobo
Emily Dickinson, Fame is a fickle food
Zinaida Gippius, Spiders
Barbara Guest, On the Way to Dumbarton Oaks
John Haines, The Cauliflower
Robert Hayden, Frederick Douglas
Robert Herrick, Cherry-ripe
Gerald Manley Hopkins, Pied Beauty
Joan Larkin, Want
J. Patrick Lewis, The Frog
Frank Matuk, Long Before and Shortly After
Ogdan Nash, The Eel
Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Two Egg Florida
Naomi Shihab Nye, Making a Fist
Thomas Love Peacock, Fish Feast
Carl Sandburg, Nocturn Cabbage
May Sarton, All Souls
May Sarton, The Fig
Charles Simic, Watermelons
Stevie Smith, The Heavenly City
Ellen Bryant Voight, Cow
David Wagoner, Lost
E. B. White, Spider
Charles Wright, Outtakes Sestets
William Butler Yeats, Crazy Jane Talks with the Bishop
Yevgeny Yevtushenk, Memento
Al Young, Aunt

Poems from 2012

Adonis, A Tree
Claribel Alegria, Time of Love
Sherman Alexie, Evolution
Aztec Poem, Face and Heart / In Ixtli in Yollotl
Billy Collins, Introduction to Poetry
Sor Juanna Inès de las Cruz, Feast of the Assumption / Maitines de la Asunciòn
Countee Cullen, Yet Do I Marvel
Edward Hirsch, Fast Break
Juana de Ibarbourou, The Waves / Las Olas
Alice Jones, The Foot
Jordan Jones, The Zen Baker
Jackie Kay, Egusi Soup
Yusef Komunyakaa, Facing It
Giacomo Leopardi, The Calm after the Storm
Claude McKay, The Tropics in New York
W.S. Merwin, The Animals & Utterance
Czeslow Milosz, A Confession & Gift
Frank O’Hara, Why I Am Not a Painter
Elise Paschen, Birth Day; From The Wishing Bone Cycle, Cree Indian Song
Rainer Maria Rilke, A Woman Going Blind
Rumi, Where Everything Is Music
Derek Walcott, Sea Canes
William Carlos Williams, Danse Russe
William Wordsworth, Daffodils