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. www.coppercanyonpress.org

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

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"Now and then a poet comes along whose work ranges across wide and diverse territories of form, attitude, and emotion—yet with the necessary intelligence that belies a deep, lifelong engagement with tradition—so that variance never seems mere experimentation or digression, but improvisation," wrote Midwest Quarterly contributor Matthew Miller. "Hayden Carruth is such an artist."

The National Book Award won by Carruth in 1996 . . .

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SUBJECT Social Commentaries, Money & Economics, Class

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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