Welcome back to Anonymous Grocer, a 30-day audio adventure in backwards poetry. Each day: a new poem, a new collection of words in unfamiliar and spiraling patterns, a new audio message to ease you into your night.
Well, folks — if you know me and you know that I have an affinity for a certain green giant, then you knew this day was a-coming. Tonight (because everyone needs a little night poetry now and then) celebrates Emma Lazarus, the Jewish-American poet who composed the instantly recognizable sonnet “The New Colossus,” to help fundraise money for the building of the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal (one of the country’s original Kickstarters!) Lazarus was extremely active as an aid worker for Jewish refugees (fleeing anti-Jewish pogroms in Russia and Romania) at Wards Island, and her poem “The New Colossus” (1883) is said to have been inspired by the people she met on Wards Island and the stories of their lives.
Discover more about this poet here.
Peace and love,