Saturday, April 2, 2016

ARTSPEAK! 2016: Poem #2 "At the Vegetable Market"

Hello, and welcome to day 2 of my National Poetry Month poem-a-day-project ARTSPEAK! in which I respond to images found in the online collections at the National Gallery of Art.

Before we get to the poem, please don your leis and visit Joy Acey (in Hawaii!) to see how our Progressive Poem is progressing! There's quite an unexpected word in the line today. Enjoy!

Back to ARTSPEAK! This year's theme is "Plant. Grow Eat." It was inspired by the release of my latest book FRESH DELICIOUS: Poems from the Farmers' Market. Here's yesterday's poem:

I selected today's poem because many farmers' markets happen on Saturdays, so what better way to celebrate the first Saturday of National Poetry Month? And yes, this is a piece by the same artist as yesterday. We will be seeing more of Mr. Pissarro before the month is through!

What caught my eye in this poem was the little girl hidden behind the basket. I've been that little girl at the market with Mama. I know the rules. I decided to give my experience to the girl in the art.

At the Vegetable Market
- after Vegetable Market at Pontoise by Camille Pissarro

Mama says,
never go to the market

She says I can't say
I want I want
or Pleeeeeeeease.

no matter how blue
the blueberries
or how perfect
the potato.

But I don't care
about money,
and I am always hungry.

So I smile wider than
a watermelon rind
and my cheeks
turn round as tomatoes

when the lady with the basket
leans in close,

says, want a taste?

- Irene Latham

Listen to the poem on Soundcloud! (still having trouble embedding... grr)

1 comment:

  1. Isn't that always the way when you are a child - always hungry and not caring about the cost!
    Loved this and could see it so in my mind:
    "So I smile wider than
    a watermelon rind
    and my cheeks
    turn round as tomatoes"

    Thanks for sharing this today!


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