Flight Lines

Some of our favorite poems about aviation.

"Wegbereiter Ikarus," print, woodblock on paper, by Wilhelm Geissler, 1966. (Courtesy NASM)

To mark National Poetry Month in April 2009, we offered a daily selection of aviation-related verse. The featured poems were taken from the following books:

April 1, 2009
"An Emblem of Byzantium" is from Sources by Devin Johnston.

April 2, 2009
"An Airstrip in Essex 1960" is from Old and New Poems by Donald Hall.

April 3, 2009
"The Race" is from Strike Sparks: Selected Poems, 1980-2002 by Sharon Olds.

April 6, 2009
"Sonic Boom" is from Telephone Poles and Other Poems by John Updike.

April 7, 2009
"Our Ground Time Here Will Be Brief" is from Selected Poems: 1960-1990 by Maxine Kumin.

April 8, 2009
"A History of Air Travel" by Anna Leahy was included in the anthology On the Wing: American Poems of Air and Space, edited by Karen Yelena Olsen. It originally appeared in the Fall 1995/Winter 1996 issue of Seattle Review.

April 9, 2009
"Skywriting" is from Skywriting and Other Poems, by Charles Tomlinson.

April 10, 2009
"Osage County Museum, Pawhuska, Oklahoma," is from One Age in a Dream by Diane Glancy.

April 13, 2009
"Persistence of 1937" is from Old and New Poems by Donald Hall.

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