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Quoth the lovely [info]phylomath: "I wish I knew more great poems about food." 

Herewith, one of my favorite food poems:

by Sylvia Plath

Nobody in the lane, and nothing, nothing but blackberries,
Blackberries on either side, though on the right mainly,
A blackberry alley, going down in hooks, and a sea
Somewhere at the end of it, heaving. Blackberries
Big as the ball of my thumb, and dumb as eyes
Ebon in the hedges, fat
With blue-red juices. These they squander on my fingers.
I had not asked for such a blood sisterhood; they must love me.
They accommodate themselves to my milkbottle, flattening their sides.

Overhead go the choughs in black, cacophonous flocks —
Bits of burnt paper wheeling in a blown sky.
Theirs is the only voice, protesting, protesting.
I do not think the sea will appear at all.
The high, green meadows are glowing, as if lit from within.
I come to one bush of berries so ripe it is a bush of flies,
Hanging their bluegreen bellies and their wing panes in a Chinese screen.
The honey-feast of the berries has stunned them; they believe in heaven.
One more hook, and the berries and bushes end.

The only thing to come now is the sea.
From between two hills a sudden wind funnels at me,
Slapping its phantom laundry in my face.
These hills are too green and sweet to have tasted salt.
I follow the sheep path between them. A last hook brings me
To the hills' northern face, and the face is orange rock
That looks out on nothing, nothing but a great space
Of white and pewter lights, and a din like silversmiths
Beating and beating at an intractable metal.

Date: 2006-10-17 04:49 pm (UTC)
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You're making me miss Oregon =P

Date: 2006-10-17 05:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've never read this Plath poem---it's great. It reminds me of picking blackberries in Goulder's Green, a park in London. I miss the place.

Date: 2006-10-17 07:11 pm (UTC)
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She never eats the blackberries.

Date: 2006-10-17 08:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah, but she's collecting them in her milkbottle. Will she eat them later?

Date: 2006-10-26 05:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
No Tuesday this week?


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