“though chimneys smoke and blue concedes / to bluer home-time dark”

Sandwich Marsh in Fall, by CR OliverA very apropos poem this week: Jacob Polley’s “October,” which you can read here. I love formalist poetry (you might have noticed), and I think this poem is just lovely. In the first stanza, the speaker describes the change of the seasons, the way the sky-blue of summer six o’clock becomes the midnight blue of autumn six o’clock, graciously giving way (my favorite image in the poem, which I’ve quoted in this post’s title).

It’s a poem about change and continuity, perfect for a fall day. I hope you’ll read it and tell me what you think!

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4 thoughts on ““though chimneys smoke and blue concedes / to bluer home-time dark”

  1. I love autumn and October as well. I felt the power and the continuity of the moon in this poem, that it’s the one constant when all else changes (or did I just state the obvious??).

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