Poetry at the Post: The Last Days of Summer and Peaches!

From Blossoms
BY LI-YOUNG LEE
From blossoms comes
this brown paper bag of peaches

Riverbank of Peach Blossoms by Shitao, 1642–1707, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Riverbank of Peach Blossoms by Shitao, 1642–1707, Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Li-Young Lee’s poem is a luscious poem. It moves from the “bite into/ the round jubilance of peach” to joy and death then circles back to the beginning, or the blossoms of the peach.  Check it out here. 

Caravaggio's Boy with a Basket of Fruit (1592
Caravaggio’s Boy with a Basket of Fruit (1592

Here’s another “peach” poem:

Peach Farm
BY DEAN YOUNG
I’m thinking it’s time to go back
to the peach farm or rather
the peach farm seems to be wanting me back

Claude Monet, A jar of peaches
Claude Monet, A jar of peaches

Actually, I could go on and on with “peach” poems and “peach” art. The peach seems to be inspirational. But, instead, I’ll end with this photo of a peach-bourbon (yep, some bourbon for a bit of a kick!) pie baked yesterday by Baker John at the Casa 300 Bakery & Literary Salon  in Mano Prieto, a few miles north of Marfa, TX.

photo courtesy of John M. Jennings
photo courtesy of John M. Jennings

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