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Galway Kinnell - Blackberry Eating

I love to go out in late September
among the fat, overripe, icy, black blackberries
to eat blackberries for breakfast,
the stalks very prickly, a penalty
they earn for knowing the black art
of blackberry-making; and as I stand among them
lifting the stalks to my mouth, the ripest berries
fall almost unbidden to my tongue,
as words sometimes do, certain peculiar words
like strengths or squinched,
many-lettered, one-syllabled lumps,
which I squeeze, squinch open, and splurge well
in the silent, startled, icy, black language
of blackberry -- eating in late September.

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Poet: Galway Kinnell
Poem: Blackberry Eating
Volume: Mortal Acts, Mortal Words
Year: Published/Written in 1980

Comment 7 of 7, added on February 17th, 2010 at 3:42 PM.

Go mrs. Stackhouse's class

Masterchief from United States
Comment 6 of 7, added on February 17th, 2010 at 1:44 PM.
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i like the poem i'm in english reading it but i swear it sounds like a sex story

chris from United States
Comment 5 of 7, added on February 17th, 2010 at 1:44 PM.
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i like the poem i'm in english reading it but i swear it sounds like a sex story

chris from United States

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