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April is the Coolest Month – Just Poets Favorite Poem for April 19

As part of National Poetry Month, Just Poets members will share their favorite poems along with a brief note about why the poem is their favorite poem. Today’s poem is selected by Dwain Wilder.

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Wallace Stevens

The Snow Man

One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;

And have been cold a long time
To behold the junipers shagged with ice,
The spruces rough in the distant glitter

Of the January sun; and not to think
Of any misery in the sound of the wind,
In the sound of a few leaves,

Which is the sound of the land
Full of the same wind
That is blowing in the same bare place

For the listener, who listens in the snow,
And, nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.

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Just Poets Member Statement:

The sparse brevity establishes  a voice, a world, then shows how, by considering its details, the poem’s voice, one transcends both it and oneself.

– Dwain Wilder

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“The Snow Man” appears in Harmonium, which is available by clicking here.

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