National Poetry Month Playlist: Karen Skolfield’s Picks


To celebrate National Poetry Month, our Sundress editors are sharing some of their favorite poems, most influential poems, and poems that they are really digging right now. Put them all together, and you have the Sundress Poetry Playlist!

Today’s picks come from Stirring Poetry Editor, Karen Skolfield.


Elizabeth Bishop’s “The Fish”


Jack Gilbert’s “The Forgotten Dialect of the Heart”

Naomi Shihab Nye’s “Streets”


Philip Levine’s “They Feed They Lion”



Karen Skolfield‘s book Frost in the Low Areas (2013) won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry and the First Book Award from Zone 3 Press. She is a 2014 Massachusetts Cultural Council fellow and winner of the 2014 Split This Rock poetry prize and the 2012 Oboh Prize from Boxcar Poetry Review. Skolfield is the poetry editor for Amherst Live, a twice-yearly production of poetry, politics, and more, and she’s a contributing editor at Tupelo Quarterly. She teaches writing to engineers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she earned her Master of Fine Arts.