The Aesthetic of Nature in Poetry: 6 Poems for Spring
April means three things: national poetry month, radiant nature, and beautiful poems inspired by it. If you know and love acclaimed naturalist writer Mary Oliver, check out these international poets who also reflect the power of nature through their words.
1. “The Stream” by Michael Cope
Cope’s powerful language reflects on the cyclical nature of life by playing with poignant imagery and fluidity.
2. “On Hammock Hill” by Mark Tredinnick
This uniquely structured poem mimics the narrator’s own path to discover the relationship between self and environment.
3. “Lands and oceans” by Julia Fiedorczuk
Translated by Bill Johnston
Fiedorczuk’s poem weaves together nature, humanity, and language to reveal a necessary harmony amid chaos.
4. “Emerald Dunes” by Ketty Nivyabandi
Translated by David Shook
This piece captures the physicality and labor of humankind and nature, which work together continuously to give life.
5. “Dusk” by Jeanne Bryner
Bryner’s poem provides the essence of dependence that land and man have for one another through touching glimpses into the lives of farmers.
6. “The Geese” by Askold Bazhanov
Translated by Naomi Caffee
This poem emphasizes transition and migration on a primitive level to all creatures.