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 day.
It is so bittersweet to write this final Grocer gram, but I send you my greatest gratitude for coming along the journey with me, for listening, and for getting in the poetry spirit with me each day this month.
What a way to welcome spring, with the wisdom of Frank O’Hara, Lauren K. Alleyne, Joy Harjo, Sarah Howe, Christina Rossetti, Ai, CA Conrad, Rumi, Jihyun Yun, Ilya Kaminsky, Naomi Shihab Nye, Octavio Paz, Terrance Hayes, Jos Charles, Angelo Mao, Mary Oliver, Ocean Vuong, Lewis Carroll, Anne Carson, Sherwin Bitsui, Kazim Ali, Chika Sagawa, Kathy Jitñil-Kijiner, Czesław Miłosz, Renee Gladman, Emma Lazarus, Gertrude Stein, Oliver de la Paz, and Alice Oswald to provide us with beacons on even the foggiest of days.
For our last day, I’m shaking things up a bit. To honor each of the poems we’ve experienced this month, I’ve collaged one line from each featured poem to create a collective jubilee. It gives me such pleasure to witness the brushing of great poetic shoulders in one epic piece. Can you match which line belongs to which poet? (*Surprise, the audio is actually not read backwards this time…thought that would be too much of a shake-up!)
If you ever need a backwards poetry pick-me-up, you can return to our adventures this April here on my writerly web corner: https://ccfinch.com/category/anonymous-grocer/. And of course, please feel free to share Anonymous Grocer with anyone in your world who might enjoy it.
I’m already looking forward to next April 🙂
Peace and love and GO POETRY!