"The periodic pleasure
Of small happenings
Is upon us—"
Meena Alexander, “Darling Coffee”
Coffee and poetry share a sweet affinity. Like poetry, coffee is international. Like poetry, the pleasure of coffee can be found in the creative process as well as in the results. Like poetry, coffee can be a solitary delight, or savored with your dear ones. Like poetry, coffee is a comfort, whether someone gives it to you in one of our cafes, or you’ve made it with your own two hands.
Suffice it to say, we think coffee and poetry are best taken together—a “conjugation of joy,” as Alexander might put it. In honor of Poetry Society of America to make your coffee ritual that much more joyful: Blue Bottle At Home subscribers will receive one of our favorite poems in an upcoming coffee delivery., we’ve conspired with the
Not a subscriber? Try our coffee subscription trial (at no charge), or visit the Poetry Society of America's website and get inspired for your next cup of coffee. Below, you'll find one of those favorites we mentioned. Enjoy.
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Black coffee at sidewalk cafes
With chairs and tables like gaudy insects.
It is a precious sip we intercept
Filled with the same strength as Yes and No.
It is fetched out of gloomy kitchens
And looks into the sun without blinking.
In daylight a dot of wholesome black
Quickly drained by the wan patron...
Like those black drops of profundity
Sometimes absorbed by the soul
That give us a healthy push: Go!
The courage to open our eyes.
Translated from the Swedish by May Swenson and Leif Sjöberg
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"Espresso," translated by May Swenson and Leif Sjöberg, from Windows and Stones: Selected Poems by Tomas Tranströmer. Copyright © 1971 by University of Pittsburgh Press. Reprinted by permission of University of Pittsburgh Press.