Word lovers are a generous and appreciative lot. Witness this by Doug Borsom, reporting on the Thanksgiving segment on NPR’s “Morning Edition” about a new poetry anthology, The Hungry Ear. “The poems in the collection are about food and its role in our social connections,” he explains. “Snippets of some of the poems were read by the anthologist, poet Kevin Young. These included poems by William Carlos Williams (the unavoidable ‘This is Just to Say’), Howard Nemerov, and Seamus Heaney. In the anchor position and deservedly getting the most air time was all of Joy Harjo‘s ‘Perhaps the World Ends Here.’ Young calls the poem beautiful, which sounds right to me.”
Dick Cummins followed up with this: “Imagine our surprise, watching the News Hour, when who to our wondering eye should appear? … but Joy Harjo! She read (beautifully too) a poem about how the world begins (and ends?) at the kitchen table—enhanced through a fine multimedia piece.”
As we prepare to gather family and friends around holiday tables again, it seems a propitious time to share Joy’s wisdom as we wish all of you the special elations of the season.
Perhaps the World Ends Here
By Joy Harjo
“Perhaps the World Ends Here” from The Woman Who Fell From the Sky by Joy Harjo. Copyright © 1994 by Joy Harjo.