“Blackberry Eating” by Galway Kinnell

With the onset of the BARK less than four weeks away, last night I dreamed of being camped with berries. Thus today for National Poetry Month this poem by 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 splurged well
in the silent, startled, icy, black language
of blackberry-eating in late September.

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Since 1996, 2River has been an online site of poetry and art, quarterly publishing THE 2RIVER VIEW and occasionally publishing individual authors in the 2River Chapbook Series.
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