Yam

Yam

By Bruce Guernsey Bruce Guernsey
The potato that ate all its carrots,
can see in the dark like a mole,

its eyes the scars
from centuries of shovels, tines.

May spelled backwards
because it hates the light,

pawing its way, padding along,
there in the catacombs.

Poem copyright ©2008 by Bruce Guernsey. Reprinted from New England Primer by Bruce Guernsey, Cherry Grove Collections, 2008, by permission of Bruce Guernsey and the publisher.

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Poet Bruce Guernsey

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Home Life, Activities, Gardening, Eating & Drinking

Holidays Thanksgiving

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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Poet, teacher, and editor, Bruce Guernsey graduated from Colgate University 1966. He later earned MAs from the University of Virginia and The John Hopkins University and a PhD from the University of New Hampshire.
 
Bruce Guernsey’s quiet, observant poems draw vividly upon the nature of his surroundings in the Northeast—and later Midwest—United States. In an interview with poet Diane Lockward, Guernsey notes how the move from . . .

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SUBJECT Home Life, Activities, Gardening, Eating & Drinking

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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