Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is a time to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. In its honor, we will share favorite poems from our faculty and students throughout the month.
Anecdote of the Jar by Wallace Stevens | favored by Dr. John Garrison
I placed a jar in Tennessee,
And round it was, upon a hill.
It made the slovenly wilderness
Surround that hill.
The wilderness rose up to it,
And sprawled around, no longer wild.
The jar was round upon the ground
And tall and of a port in air.
It took dominion every where.
The jar was gray and bare.
It did not give of bird or bush,
Like nothing else in Tennessee.