KHC has exceeded our “Ten for Poetry” goal! Thank you to the generous support of Friends of the Humanities for making it happen.
Now, without further adieu, is the complete poem, “Remarks on Poetry and the Physical World,” by Mary Barnard.
After reading Ash Wednesday
she looked once at the baked beans
and fled. Luncheonless, poor girl,
she observed a kind of poetic Lent —
and I had thought I liked poetry
better than she did.
I do. But to me its most endearing
quality is its unsuitableness;
and, conversely, the chief wonder in heaven
(whither I also am sometimes transported)
is the kind of baggage I bring with me.
Surely there is no more exquisite jointure
in the anatomy of life than that at which
poetry dovetails with the inevitable meal
and Mrs. B. sits murmuring of avocados.
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