February 8, 2005

Aunt Ida Pieces a Quilt

This poem, by Melvin Dixon, was somewhat strange to me. The women talking in the poem would often switch to other subjects, then back to what she was talking about in the first place. Through the introduction I read that the poem was about AIDS. I did not pick that up in the poem on my own. The poem is about a boy named Junie who died. This women was given all of his belongings and was convinced to make a quilt in honor of Junie. I believe that the women skipped around on topics because she is old. By the end of the poem, it seems as though the women wanted Junie to be there with her but knew that she needed to move on and take care of her family. I believe that the ending of the poem meant that she was going to knit something for the new baby that is on its way in the family. This poem was very hard to read and understand.

why does the women skip topics throughout the whole poem?

Posted by MaryBonner at February 8, 2005 6:00 PM

I believe that the older woman in the poem is Junie's grandson. I think that she skips throughout the poem because she is older and because I think that she doesn't want to remember to much about him so she doesn't want to get emotional. I noticed that my grandmother often jumps around in a conversation if it is something that brings up her emotions.

Posted by: Kayla Lukacs at February 8, 2005 8:41 PM