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New Faculty’s Poem Featured on The Writer’s Almanac

New Assistant Professor of Communication, had poem "Blackberry Pie," read by Garrison Keillor on the August edition of The Writer’s Almanac.

Jennifer Vernon, new Assistant Professor of Communication, had her poem "Blackberry Pie," from her book of poetry Rock Candy, read by Garrison Keillor on the August 25, 2009 edition of The Writer’s Almanac, a daily feature on A Juneau Afternoon on KTOO-FM public radio. Host Jeff Brown interviewed Vernon just prior to the broadcast.

Blackberry Pie

is kernels of juice
blue, mom makes it do
magic heat to vanilla ice cream
purple dream

there were many nice things,
the corduroy pinafore
the daily notes in lunch sack
of a smiley face and curly cue hair
your mama loves you, and do great
with a thermos of homemade soup

dad too, he rocked me on front porch
after seven yellow jacket stings
i howled through the valley
in baking soda paste
while he sang, in the big rock candy mountain...

but just like grandma vernon always said
don’t bother doing anything nice for your children
they’ll only remember the bad things, anyway
like when she tethered my dad
to the front yard tree
so he could play when she was at work

was that bad? a ruined childhood?
bless her heart
and pie too, is sometimes

“Blackberry Pie” by Jennifer Rae Vernon, from Rock Candy. © West End Press, 2009. Reprinted with permission.


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