I was thrilled to come across the following poem by one of my hometown literary heroes, Margaret Walker. "My Mississippi Spring" begins
My heart warms under snow
flowers with forsythia
japonica blooms, flowering quince,
bridal wreath, blood root and violet;
You can read the poem in its entirety, plus an essay by Black Nature's editor, Camille T. Dungy, at the Poetry Foundation. (Her article is about the "resurrecting" quality of spring in the South.)
I hope your hearts warm under all the snow forecast this weekend. If I were a high-school teacher, I'd add this book to my classroom library pronto. While Black Nature was published for grown-ups, many teenagers would likely enjoy it, too.
The Poetry Friday roundup is at the blog Great Kid Books today.
Dungy, Camille T. (editor). Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry. University of Georgia Press, 2009. ISBN: 9780820334318
Cover image borrowed from Powell's Books