Poetry Friday: You Can’t Have It All

December 19th, 2008

This week’s poetry selection comes from Stenhouse author Jeff Anderson. Jeff’s books include Mechanically Inclined and Everyday Editing. Read why he picked this Barbara Ras poem and then click on the link to read the poem.

In 2000, I was taking a class with Naomi Shihab-Nye at a local university. She read this poem by Barbara Ras and asked us to write: you can’t have it all, but you can have this, following it with all the simple things in our life that we can have. These clear images like the “fig tree and its fat leaves like clown hands/ gloved with green” and “the rye bread with peanut butter and bananas your grandmother gave you while the rest of the family slept” connected so deeply with me, that I not only wrote, but came to appreciate the minor joys of my life in a different way that ripples through me till this day. Here’s the whole poem.


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  • 1. Mary Lee  |  December 20th, 2008 at 8:12 am

    Great poem! It makes me want to write!

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