Tuesday Poem: ‘Blackberry Eating’ by Galway Kinnell

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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2 thoughts on “Tuesday Poem: ‘Blackberry Eating’ by Galway Kinnell

  1. Thank you for this Sarah! I have also been introduced to Kinnell’s poem via teaching stage one creative writing – such a scrunchy tasty poem – great to hear him read it and to know he changed things! And Robert Hass’ poem – wonderful wonderful wonderful. Just popping by to thank you for your support of Tuesday Poem these past two years – on this our second birthday! I know you’ll be busier with your PHD to finish and your gorgeous baby to bring up, but we hope we keep finding your TP posts here – all those great poets you bring to us, and poems from you, too. Good luck with the PHD. Mary & Claire

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