7 Poems For The New Year To Help You Ring In 2017

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As 2016 comes to a close, you're probably getting ready to start celebrating the new year. Let's face it: even though the calendar can feel somewhat artificial, there's something totally refreshing about being able to turn a page and hope for the best. Yes, that's right: the new year is the perfect time to be optimistic — and contemplative. No matter what happened in the last twelve months, now you've got the opportunity to change. Personally, I love resolutions, all their tidy hopefulness. And what better way to explore the feelings associated with progression and ambition than... poems?

By ringing in the new year with poetry, you're setting yourself up for a truly reflective 2017. At this time, it's important to look not only forward but backward. These poems will encourage you to consider all that's behind you and enable you to face the future with a wiser and better-reasoned frame of mind. They'll also let you celebrate this moment, which is pretty much like a big, fat birthday for all of us.

Whether you read them while you prep for a NYE to remember or as you nurse the first hangover of 2017, these 7 poems will help you kick the year off right.

'December 31st' by Richard Hoffmann

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'Burning the Old Year' by Naomi Shihab Nye

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'A Pumpkin At New Year's' by Sandra McPherson

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'To the Garbage Collectors in Bloomington, Indiana, the First Pickup of the New Year' by Philip Appelman

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'Year's End' by Richard Wilbur

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'Grayed In' by Martha Collins

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'January Drought' by Conor O'Callaghan

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