"The Mango of Poetry" (Lorna Goodison)

“...I’m still not sure what poetry is. But now I think of a ripe mango yellow ochre niceness, sweet flesh of St. Julian, and all I want to do is eat one from the tree planted by my father three years before the sickness made him fall prematurely…”

“...I’m still not sure what poetry is.

But now I think of a ripe mango
yellow ochre niceness,
sweet flesh of St. Julian,
and all I want to do
is eat one from the tree
planted by my father
three years before the sickness
made him fall prematurely…”

Jamaica / 1999

Originally published in her collection, Turn Thanks, “The Mango of Poetry” compares the art of poetry to the pleasure of peeling and eating a ripe mango. By comparing poetry to a tree that bears therapeutic fruit, Goodison asserts poetry as something that soothes, comforts and brings simple pleasure.

Born 1947 in Jamaica, Lorna Goodison has published 12 books of poetry. She is also a painter. Much of her poetry and prose deals with the power of art and with Jamaican culture and history. 

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