Poem Sampler

Back to School Poems

School Supplies? Don't forget the poems!
By The Editors
Illustration of a school bus, students, and school supplies for back to school.

Students and teachers everywhere, from grade school to college, are dreading the first day of school. Need a pick-me-up poem for those first-day butterflies? Worried about the not getting picked for the team? Got a secret crush and need to slip him or her a surefire note? Need a novel way to interest beach-burned brains of middle-school students in science? You’ll find solace, comfort, answers, and poems to woo anybody in these back-to-school lists of poems. 



Ten Poems to Read When You Get Stuffed in Your Locker by Caitlin Kimball 

To those who have toured the inside of a gym locker, or eaten lunch in a locked bathroom stall. To those who can’t make the intramural team, or make small talk without flop sweat. Whether your days as a maladjusted sad-sack are blessedly over, or you’re still stumbling through them, take heart: these poems might cheer you up, or at least keep you company.

Ten Poems to Get You Through Science Class This Year by Karen Glenn 

Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, Astronomy, and Geology. Science is all around us, and inside us. And sometimes we have to take science classes as well. These poems that engage the scientific world through the power of language. 

Ten Poems to Send the Person You're Crushing On by Becca Klaver 

It's hard to know what to say to that special someone. It's good to lean on a poet sometimes, since they have a knack for these things. Check out these poems when you need an assist, and when you care enough to send the very best.




Ten Poems Students Love to Read Out Loud by Eileen Murphy

When someone reads a poem out loud, their voice helps to make that poem their own. These poems can demonstrate how voice and attitude can change how we understand poetry.


Ten Poems I Love to Teach by Eric Selinger

Some poems you love, and some you love to teach. What’s the difference? The teachable ones do half the work for you: the questions they raise and the pleasures they offer show that close reading is a pleasure, not a torture. 


Curious about poetry, but don't know where or how to begin? Check out Edward Hirsch's How to Read a Poem: A Primer.

Originally Published: August 31st, 2006
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  1. August 29, 2009
     Felipe Barreda

    The early morning glow of the dawn
    bathed the young youth in light
    looking beyond the pale glow
    of a ticking clock with sight.
    No more summer fun for the fawn.
    We make are march towards winter's
    Learning our times table and ABCs
    and what lives below the rolling seas.
    We make our march towards the dark
    towards the schoolhouse on the hill.
    Our teacher look grim and stark,
    as the rain beats down the window sill
    but like all things that come and go
    I see my life ahead of me.
    Onward I march beyond the snow,
    Towards summer break I march with

  2. September 2, 2009
     Bilal Muhammad

    editor, stat!

  3. September 2, 2009
     Lori George Alexander

    I would think whether or not one is starting school the above poems are nice to have around for any occasions. Poetry is nice all of the time of course but especially nice when alone when one is contemplating the universe and other such small things like that.

  4. March 20, 2010

    school is great and so is god but you gotta enjoy the little things

  5. May 7, 2010
     selena puglas

    i love all of these poems their so good!

  6. September 12, 2010
     Tracy & Joe TAylor

    Nice way to start school year.