La La La Love Poems

I always like to end the poetry unit of my creative writing workshops with a week on the modern love poem. It's fun and it's an excuse to give some of my favorite poems air time. This semester it also happens to coincide with Valentine's Day and so I'm pulling out all the stops: conversation hearts that look and taste like chalk, valentines with strange and inexplicable sayings (hot stuff!), and, of course, some heartbreaking verse. In the event that you are on the lookout for some poems that will gut you and leave you asking for more, you can do worse than Danez Smith's "last summer of innocence," Chase Twitchell's "Sad Song," or Matthew Zapruder's "Poem for Vows"--all conveniently available online as recordings in the poets' own voices. Ah, love.