|I find this poem by Patricia Spears Jones very beautiful and potent. I love how Jones uses the pillow as a metaphor to reveal the tragedy of social inequality and the rage and despair that results from it. "A pillow" brings to mind another poem that uses metaphor very powerfully, "Yellowjackets" by Yusef Komunyakaa (posted below Jones' "A pillow"). |
Read both and compare the subtle methods each of these brilliant poets uses to illustrate, by focusing on the specific and the concrete, a deeper truth that transcends the specific and reaches into the vast arena of our humanity. Enjoy!
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