John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath at 75: New Lyric Poem

Cover image of John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath


Great to remember it
and re-re-read it again
on the 75th anniversary,
i.e., The Grapes of Wrath.
Central to Steinbeck’s oeuvre.
One must keep it in mind
to remember and celebrate
this author who went on
to champion the working poor
the concerns of America
and become an international literary figure.
One should remember
their trip down the highway
in the old truck,
the people they encounter
and the bodies buried along the way.
There are the dreams of Casy
The Whole Shebang
The lessons of Ma Joad
The aspirations of Tom
Rose of Sharon’s child on the way
The night skies over the Mohave
The strike-breakers
and the poor farmers
on their way to farms with work
in the distant parts of the state.
There is also
The Flood
and the sad folks who
need, like so many more of us now,
to stay above the rising waters.

Ryder W. Miller About Ryder W. Miller

Ryder W. Miller writes short stories, poetry, and articles about American literature, San Francisco, California, and the natural history of places he enjoys exploring, including Mt. Rainier. He is the editor of From Narnia to a Space Odyssey and the co-author of San Francisco: A Natural History

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