This week I’m working on a new(ish) poem by Tami Haaland, who is the poet laureate of Montana (nifty!): “A Colander of Barley.” As I’m sure you’ve come to expect if you’re a regular reader of my Tuesday posts, it’s a short poem. In a single sentence, Ms. Haaland gives a beautifully concrete, sensory description of barley in a colander, linking it back to the grain in the field, in the truck. It’s a perfect poem for the late summer harvest season. Reading it made me want to bite into a tomato and savor these last sunny, hot days.
You can read “A Colander of Barley” on The Poetry Foundation’s website.