Poem Sampler

New Year's Poems

Poetry to reflect on the past year and ring in the new.

by The Editors
New Year's Poems
Photo by Derek Keats

“Burning the Old Year” by Naomi Shihab Nye

New Year’s Day by Kim Addonizio

December 31st by Richard Hoffman

Snowfall” by Ravi Shankar

on new year’s eve by Evie Shockley

After the Gentle Poet Kobayashi Issa by Robert Hass

Mild is the Parting Year by Walter Savage Landor

1 January 1965” by Joseph Brodsky

New Year's Poem by Margaret Avison

To the New Year by W. S. Merwin

January Drought” by Conor O'Callaghan

“Year's End” by Richard Wilbur 

Grayed In” by Martha Collins

“Pavane for the New Year by Elder Olson

“New Year by Bei Dao

A Pumpkin at New Year’s by Sandra McPherson

To the Garbage Collectors in Bloomington, Indiana, the First Pickup of the New Year by Philip Appleman


Originally Published: December 13, 2012


On December 31, 2012 at 6:00am Rohit Sukhani wrote:
Let your New Year’s Eve Party be warm, friendly and
inviting. Let it wrap around your guests like warmth and

Have friends bring photos from past years and share.
Have each make a scrap book page with their photos.
Provide some scrap book materials.

One of my 'quotes about new year': It wouldn't be New
Year's if I didn't have regrets.

On December 31, 2013 at 7:00pm Peter Hehir wrote:
It was new years eve on facebook and status's were made, with
cocktails of fireworks and a vodka lemonade.
There were disaronno dreamers and smiles made of stars, as all
those who have left us just smoke the nights cigars. There's
memories and enemies we've made along the way, some will see
another year - and some another day. We've had festivals of
laughter, kaleidoscopes of tears, overwhelming moments -
overcoming fears. There's been jokes and poor punchlines never
heard before, we've opened every window and knocked on every
door. So raise your glasses higher and welcome in glee with a year
that will be bouncing like a stone across the sea.
It was new years day on facebook with resolutions made, and
revolutions plenty I forgot the lemonade;) by peter hehir 2012.

On January 1, 2014 at 2:35pm Mercedes Mulligan wrote:
Thanks for offering an eclectic group of New Year's poems.
I plan on using them with my students this coming week as I happily
return to school.


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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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