In this episode, Bon Appétit Editor-in-Chief Dawn Davis reads “Sonnet 171” by Edna St. Vincent Millay. Davis joined Bon Appétit in November 2020 following a long career in book publishing. Through her visionary work at Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins, Davis oversaw the publication of numerous influential best sellers — from “The Pursuit of Happyness” by Chris Gardner to “The Known World” by Edward P. Jones.
Edna St. Vincent Millay was an American poet born in 1892. She became wildly popular during her lifetime — known for her passionate readings and bold social views — and achieved a special mastery over the sonnet.
“Sonnet 171” by Edna St. Vincent Millay appears in the volume Collected Poems, published by Harper Perennial Modern Classics.
In honor of Mother’s Day, Bon Appétit asked best-selling author and poet Kwame Alexander to call upon a dozen fellow writers for a verse on how their lives — and their cooking — now mirror their mothers’. Alexander then assembled lines from each poet into one crowdsourced community poem, featuring the voices of Lorna Goodison, Erika Sánchez, Van G. Garrett, Georgia Heard, Reuben Jackson, Deanna Nikaido and many more. Click here to read “The Ceremony of Giving.”
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