elizabeth alexander butter
They are dervishes because they are dying, one last sting, a warm place to squeeze a drop of venom or of honey.
Used with the permission of Graywolf Press. more than anyone.
Mumbo and Jumbo's children despite Growing up My mother loves butter more than I do,more than anyone. in a white bowl to be creamed with white than gravy staining white rice yellow, with warm Alaga syrup.
From Crave Radiance: New and Selected Poems 1990–2010 (Graywolf Press, 2010) Copyright © 2017 by Elizabeth Alexander.
We are sugar, butter disappearing into
Butter by Elizabeth Alexander.
with my brother, having watched the tiger
She pulls chunks offthe stick and eats it plain explaining. and butter, butter and cheese on green noodles, We are, our parent’s efforts, glowing from the inside. the good old days I am grinning greasy My mother loves butter more than I do, more than anyone. She pulls chunks off cream spun around into butter! historical revision, despite Growing upwe ate turkey cutlets sauteed in lemonand butter, butter and cheese on green noodles,butter melting in small pools in the heartsof Yorkshire puddings, butter betterthan gravy staining white rice yellow,butter glazing corn in slipping squares,butter the lava in white volcanoesof hominy grits, butter softeningin a white bowl to be creamed with whitesugar, butter disappearing intowhipped potatoes, with pineapple,butter melted and curdy to pourover pancakes, butter licked off the platewith warm Alaga syrup. © Academy of American Poets, 75 Maiden Lane, Suite 901, New York, NY 10038. Copyright © 2008 - 2020 . Elizabeth Alexander was born in 1962 in Harlem, New York, and grew up in Washington, D.C. She currently serves as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Elizabeth Alexander was born in Harlem, New York, but grew up in Washington, DC, the daughter of former United States Secretary of the Army and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission chairman, Clifford Alexander Jr. She holds degrees from Yale, Boston University, and the University of … Growing up. Elizabeth Alexander was born in Harlem, New York, but grew up in Washington, DC, the daughter of former United States Secretary of the Army and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission chairman, Clifford Alexander Jr. She holds degrees from Yale, Boston University, and the University of Pennsylvania,... cream spun around into butter! Feast on this smorgasbord of poems about eating and cooking, exploring our relationships with food. of hominy grits, butter softening Then she stood up, walked outside, and lay down in the snow. She is silent, light as an empty hive, and she is breathing. a nurse across the face. After the stroke we thought would be her last my grandmother came back, reared back and slapped. She pulls chunks offthe stick and eats it plain, explainingcream spun around into butter! out, one hundred megawatts of butter. All Rights Reserved.
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