Friday, January 13, 2017

from “After Dinner Was Over” by Katie Peterson

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January 13, 2017

from "After Dinner Was Over"

Katie Peterson

About This Poem


"I wake up every morning feeling like we are in the middle of a national misunderstanding. Before the election happened, earlier in the summer, I'd started writing about conversations that break down, or become arguments. These short poems from 'After Dinner Was Over' were written after a dinner party on a beautiful night frayed into discord. I wrote 'Anger' on the cover of the notebook I drafted them in, but the current title echoes the Catholic Eucharistic prayer: 'When supper was ended, he took the cup. Again he gave you thanks and praise, gave the cup to his disciples and said…' There are so many subjects we cannot talk about without hurting each other or feeling threatened and still we have to live together."
—Katie Peterson


Katie Peterson is the author of The Accounts (University of Chicago Press, 2013). She teaches at the University of California at Davis and lives in Albany, California.




Poetry by Peterson


The Accounts

(University of Chicago Press, 2013)

"That Evening at Dinner" by David Ferry


"After Dinner" by Lisa Pegram


"Exquisite Politics" by Denise Duhamel




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