Poems by Vermont Poet LAUREATES

From Robert Frost's "Birches"

From Robert Frost's "Birches"

From Robert Frost's "Birches"

I would like to go by climbing 

a birch tree, and climb black branches 

up a snow-white trunk 

toward heaven



Robert Frost was the first Poet Laureate of Vermont and winner of four Pulitzer

Prizes. He lived in both Shaftsbury and Ripton, Vermont. He died in 1963.

From Chard deNiord

From Robert Frost's "Birches"

From Robert Frost's "Birches"

Bless this time it takes to bless.

Bless this rail across the earth.

Bless this train that passes by.



Chard deNiord was the eighth Poet Laureate of Vermont. He is the author of six books of poetry and two books of interviews with American poets. His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, the Pushcart Prize and numerous eminent literary journals. He co- founded the New England College MFA Program and has taught at Providence College since 1998. He lives in Westminster West, Vermont.

From Louise Gluck's "Celestial Music"

From Louise Gluck's "Celestial Music"

From Louise Gluck's "Celestial Music"

The love of form 

is a love of endings



Louise Gluck was the second Poet Laureate of Vermont and 12 th U.S. Poet. She is the winner of Bollingen Prize from Yale University, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and   National Book Critics Circle Award

From Ruth Stone's "Speculation"

From Louise Gluck's "Celestial Music"

From Louise Gluck's "Celestial Music"

I lie so still that the earth around me

Shakes with the weight of day 



Ruth Stone (2015-2011) was the sixth Poet Laureate of Vermont. She received the National Book Award in 2002 and a Whitng Award in 1986. Her house has become an historical landmark in Goshen, Vermont and is now being turned into a writers and artists retreat under the auspices of the Ruth Stone Foundation.