Poems

We're pleased to publish the work of local poets, showing us moments of life in Central New York.

Most take only a minute to read.

Now...

Pondering the coronavirus pandemic through poetry.

Poem and photo by Marea Needle

Cozy

A poet appreciates the opportunities of quarantine.

Poem by Beth Totten
Photo by Sue Smith Romero

Gone Viral

A Mohawk Valley poet reflects upon the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

Poem by Richard M. Barrett

Foundations

A poet contemplates the intersection of heritage and nature.

Poem by Beth Totten
Photo by Jake Totten

A Visit to St. Joseph's

A trip to the Saint Marianne Cope Shrine and Museum in Syracuse inspired this poem.

Poem by Maryann Vanderpool-Imundo
Photo by Sue Smith Romero

At the used bookstore on Route 12

Berry Hill Book Shop in Deansboro is the setting for this poetically romantic encounter.

Poem by Terry Rainey, a poet of Clinton, NY

At the Art Museum

Munson Williams Proctor Institute in Utica holds treasures of inspiration.

Poem and photo by Sue Smith Romero, a poet of Sherrill, NY

Maple Weekend

Savoring the sweetness of spring in Central New York.

Poem by Terry Rainey
Photo by Sue Smith Romero

Diamonds, Mine!

There is wonder in obvious gems if we dare to notice.

Poem and photo by Richard M. Barrett, a poet of Mohawk, NY

All in a Name

A poetic picture of Utica's resilience.

Poem by Richard M. Barrett, a poet of Mohawk, NY
Photo by Sue Smith Romero

A Loose Thread

If you sew or write or create anything at all, you'll understand this poem about the need to bring something new into the world.

Poem by Cathrine Reynolds, a poet of Clinton, NY

Taking in the Hours

A glimpse of the Erie Canal at Little Falls through a poet’s eyes.

Poem by Marea Needle
Photo by Sue Smith Romero

After School

A touching memory of childhood joy on the ice.

Poem and photo by Richard M. Barrett, a poet of Mohawk, NY

Receiver of Taxes

A dreaded visit is met with warm hospitality.

Poem by Terry Rainey, a poet of Clinton, NY
Photo by Zach Lewis, also of Clinton

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