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The Poetry of Gratitude

November 26, 2018 - 8:35am -- Dodie
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Take time during the holiday season to practice gratitude and remembrance with this roundup of poems from the Academy of American Academy of Poets celebrating community, kindness, home, and, of course, food. We’ve included a few excerpts from titles we hold at the library.

América” by Richard Blanco, in City of a Hundred Fires

Although Tía Miriam boasted she discovered
at least half-a-dozen uses for peanut butter—
topping for guava shells in syrup,
butter substitute for Cuban toast,
hair conditioner and relaxer—
Mamá never knew what to make
of the monthly five-pound jars
handed out by the immigration department
until my friend, Jeff, mentioned jelly...

To the Fig Tree on 9th and Christian” by Ross Gay, in Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

…when I ask about
the tree they
flutter in the air and
she says take
as much as
you can
help me
so I load my
pockets and mouth
and she points
to the step-ladder against
the wall...

Perhaps the World Ends Here” by Joy Harjo, in Poetry of the American West: a Columbia Anthology

The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live.

The gifts of earth are brought and prepared, set on the table. So it has been since creation, and it will go on...

New to poetry and want to learn more? Check out A Primer for Poets and Readers of Poetry by Gregory Orr, or What is Poetry? (just kidding, I know you know): Interviews from the Poetry Project Newsletter, 1983-2009

Looking for more poetry? Just take a stroll through the 811’s (Poetry) to discover poems in many formats, covering every theme imaginable!