“I think the reason I am important is that I know everything.”
On The Road Poetry Program 2013 has chosen the book “The Voice of the Poet – Five American Women” as a poetry guide for the first quarter of the year. Reading poetry speaks to the heart. Listening to poetry sings to the soul. “Five American Women” is an extraordinary audio book that highlights the poetry of Gertrude Stein, HD, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Louise Bogan and Muriel Rukeyser.
Tender Buttons [Milk]
by Gertrude Stein
A white egg and a colored pan and a cabbage
showing settlement, a constant increase.
A cold in a nose, a single cold nose makes an excuse.
Two are more necessary.
All the goods are stolen, all the blisters are in the cup.
Cooking, cooking is the recognition between sudden
and nearly sudden very little and all large holes.
A real pint, one that is open and closed and in the
middle is so bad.
Tender colds, seen eye holders, all work, the best of
change, the meaning, the dark red, all this and
bitten, really bitten.
Guessing again and golfing again and the best men,
the very best men
Note: Tender Buttons is a collection of Gertrude Stein’s poetry that spoke about everyday objects and uncomplicated events such as shopping eating, talking. She brought together the ordinary experiences with extraordinary new grammar.