Blackberry Eating by Galway Kinnell is another poem that I’ve discovered while tutoring stage one creative writing at Massey. Kinnell is an award winning American poet whose work is intimate and resonant. Oddly, I seem to drawn to poems about blackberries, my favourite poem being Meditation at Lagunitas by Robert Hass with its final killer line, “saying blackberry, blackberry, blackberry.” Both poems, though, are about language, as I’d guess a lot of poems are, which is probably while I like them.
What I found interesting was, after reading Blackberry Eating in the student readings, I went to see if I could find an audio version online in order to listen to Kinnell read the poem. The version I found is different to the printed version (he has added the words “or broughamed”), so at some point there have been multiple versions of the poem. Anyway, have a listen.
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