Notes on Poverty

By Hayden Carruth 1921–2008 Hayden Carruth
Was I so poor
      in those damned days
that I went in the dark
      in torn shoes
and furtiveness
      to steal fat ears
of cattle corn
      from the good cows
and pound them
      like hard maize
on my worn Aztec
      stone? I was.

“Notes on Poverty” from Scrambled Eggs and Whiskey: Poems, 1991-1995 by Hayden Carruth, published by Copper Canyon Press in 1996.

Source: Scrambled Eggs and Whiskey: Poems 1991-1995 (Copper Canyon Press, 1996)


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Poet Hayden Carruth 1921–2008

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Social Commentaries, Money & Economics, Class

Poetic Terms Free Verse