Halloween still remains my favorite holiday, no matter how old I get. I wanted to start the day off by posting some links to some autumn/Halloween-themed verse.
Here’s a link to the poem “To Autumn” by John Keats, one of the most anthologized poems in the English language.
Here is a poem entitled “Country Fair” by Charles Simic, a poet who tends to stack weird, bizarre images on top of each other, sometimes as a way to address the human condition or the atrocities of war. Here’s another poem by Simic, “Late Septemer,” and another poem in which Simic personifies death.
Mark Strand is a poet a little similar to Simic, in the deep image, surrealist sense at least. His early poems are filled with bizarre, unsettling images. Here’s one of his poems.
And of course there’s always the work of Edgar Allan Poe, “The Raven” one of his most famous works and a perfect read for this holiday.