Friday, June 4, 2010

Chicken Poetry

Chickens often inspire poets to capture them in words. One of my favorites is Robert Frost's poem about his favorite chicken, A Blue Ribbon at Amesbury, which is in my book and I've referenced here since March 26, 2008. The May 24 issue of the New Yorker includes a poem by Gary Whitehead, A Glossary of Chickens,

Like a good wordsmith, he's looking for words to describe the unique behaviors and characteristics of chickens, such as "the sweetness of hens but not roosters."

Thanks for a charming poem that caused me to reflect on the many aspects that make chickens so appealing, Gary.

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