Ten Fruits Ruined by Poetry
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Where would poetry be without fruit? It would be, like Paradise, lost, but poetry has done fruit no favors in reverse. It’s summertime and I for one would like to eat a berry or a stone fruit without unwittingly referencing some mid-century verse*. The below fruits, alas, are all off the table:
4) Bananas, ruined by Allen Ginsberg
6) Blackberries, ruined by Robert Hass
7) Pears, ruined by Stanley Kunitz
8) Watermelons, ruined by Charles Simic
9) Oranges, ruined by Gerald Stern
10) Cherries, ruined by Lucien Stryk
*A disturbing number of these fruit poems appear in the A. Poulin, Jr. Contemporary American Poetry anthology, and as you can see, white male poets are the worst offenders.