Gertrude Stein

“I think the reason I am important is that I know everything.”

Gertrude Stein 

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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.

14 Replies to “Gertrude Stein”

    1. My dear friend!!! You honour me with your nominatation. I am enjoying following your blog – with every post you give back to our community. I am so glad that we connected.


    1. You always make my day, even when it is almost at the close ! It is 10:30 p.m. in Vancouver, Canada! May your day be bright with sunshine!


      1. I would too!! Gertrude Stein lived most of her life in Paris. She said: “America is my country and Paris is my hometown.”


  1. Yet another great post from you! The first quote made my laugh, 🙂 I “borrowed” it for my favourite quotes collection… if you don’t min.
    Gertrude Stein was indeed a remarkable woman, now I look forward to get more familiar with the other ones.
    All the best,
    take care.


    1. I agree – Gertrude Stein lived her life with flair. She did not believe in mediocrity! Oh – I know that you will love the rest! They were women ahead of their time. They took risks and defied convention; they believed they were meant to live great lives.


    1. Life just keeps on getting better and better! Spring is around the corner – and the early rises are starting to awake!


  2. I confess, I don’t know exactly what she is really trying to say. Will have to think on this.


    1. I am in the same “boat.” Gertrude Stein was never easy to understand, but it is fun trying to figure it all out!


  3. Never read any of her poems before, thanks for highlighting her work, much appreciated.
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    1. You are going to love these 5 women. They are truly extraordinary. They evoke the spectrum of emotions!!! Thanks for joining the dialogue – much appreciated.


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