Anonymous Grocer 17/30: [Apart falling still is body]

Hello friend! 
 
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. 
 
This Sunday, we celebrate Day 17 with the ever wise and ethereal Ocean Vuong, whose latest poetry collection, Time is a Mother, was recently released on April 5th. 
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Peace and love,
Cam

Anonymous Grocer 16/30: [Things of family, the in place]

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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. 
 
Today’s episode gives space to the soul and spirit of Mary Oliver‘s “Wild Geese,” a poem that is sage, balm, bandage, courage, hug, friend — all at once. If there’s a poem out there that could save lives, this one is probably it. 
 
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Peace and love,
Cam

Anonymous Grocer 15/30: [Looked I. Stopped I.]

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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. 
 
Can you believe it? We’re already halfway through Poetry Month! I hope you’re enjoying our time together! Today, I present you with the research scientist-poet, Angelo Mao, whose poetry dissects the ethics of mouse labs, mythologizes the human/mouse divide, and interrogates these funded relationships of hierarchy, violence, guilt, and embodied metaphors.
 
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Do you have requests for poems or poets you’d like to see featured in future Anonymous Grocer episodes? I’d love to hear from you!
Peace and love,
Cam

Anonymous Grocer 14/30: [treees / manie so gathred]

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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. 
 
Today’s poem is an excerpt from Jos Charles’ book of poetic reckoning, feeldfeeld is modern poetry unlike anything I’ve read recently, as much about the sound of words as it is about spelling and the mechanics of written language, all those fraught and confounding glyphs that make up our lives and our perceptions. feeld is queer and linguistic and investigative and difficult in ways that invoke self-inquiries of readers themselves. What does it mean to hold a word in a palm or the mouth? To slash a line? How does it feel to manipulate a strand of words and create a language that is yours, yours for a time?
 
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Peace and love,
Cam

Anonymous Grocer 13/30: [Them & They as to referred be]

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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. 
 
Today, lucky number 13, we celebrate with a poem from the inimitable Terrance Hayes‘ series of “American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin.”
 
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Need a quick cheat sheet on the ingredients of a sonnet? I’ve got you! 
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Peace and love,
Cam

Anonymous Grocer 12/30: [It hear—you can closer come!]

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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. 
 
This week (this life?), I’ve been having a love affair with trees. I am so grateful for authors like Sumana Roy and Richard Powers and Robin Wall Kimmerer, who alchemize trees into unforgettable, breathful characters with personalities and narratives and lineages all their own. These trees they profile are not anthropomorphized cartoons, but beings wholly greening unto themselves. These are almighty beings with majestic and complex communication systems, with that highly enviable process of photosynthesis. Beings that seem to embody — epitomize — what it means to live a good, long life. 
 
So, in honor of trees and the trees we shall one day become, I bring you Octavio Paz‘s “A Tree Within.”  
 
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Cam

Anonymous Grocer 11/30: [Themselves than larger places go]

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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. 
 
Today, we tune in our poetry radios to Naomi Shihab Nye, a true force of goodness in this world. A global champion for young people’s literature and for the education and celebration of Arab American heritage, the poet currently serves as the April 2022 Guest Editor for Poets.org’s Poem-a-Day series. 
 
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Do you have requests for poems or poets you’d like to see featured in future Anonymous Grocer episodes? I’d love to hear from you!
Peace and love,
Cam

Anonymous Grocer 10/30: [Voice clearest the is hear cannot]

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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. 
 
Today’s episode features the hard-of-hearing, Ukrainian poet Ilya Kaminsky. As Russian invasions continue to menace through Ukraine, Kaminsky’s poem, ‘We Lived Happily During the War’ (which was published in 2013 during the first Maidan protests), has been shared widely once again as a symbol, a talisman of poetry’s tenacious power  to rally people in times of crisis. A subversive siren, calling on us to confront who we are, where do our responsibilities lie, when will we rise up, how will we act?
 
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Peace and love,
Cam

Anonymous Grocer 9/30: [Teeth, their in limbs]

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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. 
 
On this fine Day 9, I present you with the Korean-American poet, Jihyun Yun. After listening to today’s episode, I encourage you to pick up a copy of her collection, Some Are Always HungryThrough recipes, rationing, and animal dismemberment, Yun presents a reclamation of identity and womanhood. She uses food in all its mythical and visceral manifestations to expose and interrogate the inequalities and sacrifices, the leavings and desires that propel humans to protect one another and tear each other apart.
 
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Do you have requests for poems or poets you’d like to see featured in future Anonymous Grocer episodes? I’d love to hear from you!
Peace and love,
Cam

Anonymous Grocer 8/30: [Tongue my of shape]

Hello friend! 
 
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. 
 
We’ve arrived at Week 2 of Poetry Month – woohoo! If you’ve made it this far in the listening party, I thank you for being here! Today, we return to the poetry of yore with Rumi, a 13th-century Persian Sufi mystic and poet. (Here’s a fun fact: the beloved poet Mary Oliver would read from her Rumi collection every day!) 
 
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Do you have requests for poems or poets you’d like to see featured in future Anonymous Grocer episodes? I’d love to hear from you!
Peace and love,
Cam