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Poetry Sunday: “Perhaps the World Ends Here,” by Joy Harjo

By Rebecca Foust
I looked hard to find a poem for Thanksgiving that could honor a long-cherished American tradition without glossing over the darker elements of the colonial relationship between our pilgrim ancestors and Native Americans. This poem, opening with a shared meal around a kitchen table, and written by a member of the Creek Nation strikes a good balance.
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Poetry Sunday: “Recuerdo,” by Edna St. Vincent Millay

By Rebecca Foust
Sometimes, all a poem does or aspires to do is capture a moment. The moment can be large or small, one of emotion, inspiration, revelation, or just any ordinary experience that means something to the poet. In “Recuerdo,” it is a night of pleasure and (I assume) passion between two young lovers.
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Poetry Sunday: “Kettle,” by Phillis Levin

By Rebecca Foust
“Kettle” is a brief lyric capturing a specific moment in time—that second when the water boils and is about to be poured into a teapot. The first couplet takes place in the present and comes as a vivid image, doing what poetry does best: makes us see an everyday occurrence with fresh eyes.
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