10 Poems About Summer That You Can Read Online Right Now

Despite the cold weather in the Northeast, summer is just around the corner, and as the sunny days have finally begun to roll in, I've used the sunshine as an opportunity to read great poetry about summer. And seriously, is there a better way to get in the warm weather mood than with some phenomenal literature?

I don't know about you, but I have been craving some sunshine and some pool time. Who doesn't love those long summer evenings — the ones where you sit out on the porch and chat with your pals until it's practically morning? Or how about those weekend rooftop parties, spent sipping on some cold cocktails with friends? Summer is filled with possibilities to meet new people and experience new things.

Below, I've compiled 10 fantastic poems that capture the spirit of summer. So before you turn in your final exams, pull out your tank tops, and pack up your beach bags, kickstart your summer by diving into some great poetry. These poems are perfect to read as you lay out on your towel, soaking up all that summer sun:

1. "Bleeker Street, Summer" by Derek Walcott

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2. "Summer" by Robin Coste Lewis

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3. "Knoxville, Tennessee" by Nikki Giovanni


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4. "Four Poems" by Sarah Jean Alexander

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5. "Summer Song" by William Carlos Williams

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6. "Last August Hours Before the Year 2000" by Naomi Shihab Nye

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7. "Firefly" by Jacqueline Woodson


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8. "Photo of a Girl on a Beach" by Carmen Giminéz Smith

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9. "The Summer Day" by Mary Oliver


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10. "Summer Romance" by Ocean Vuong

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