A Good Read:
The Hungry Ear
Poems of Food & Drink
Edited by Kevin Young
In the Hungry Ear, Young has created an anthology of 158 poems about food and drink. On the cover it reads, “When read aloud, the best poems provide a particular joy for the mouth. Poems about food make these satisfactions explicit and complete”. Perhaps that is the magic of this = that food, while oft enjoyed on its own, becomes a meal when shared with others. And while curling up with a bit of Naomi Shihab Nye or Ted Koosier is soothing, when read aloud, it can become a sharing. Yes, the relationship begins to cultivate and the memory is stamped somewhere for more than one of us to remember.
The best thing about a book of poetry, and this one is no exception, is that you can turn to the next poem in a brief spurt of minutes. Kevin Young offers a robust menu for a variety of tastes spanning from the stark reality of Billy Collins to a Meditation at Lagunitas by Robert Hass. Curl up, read aloud and best yet, pass the book around a dinner table in order to embrace that delivery does matter.
Good Food and Poetry Blogs:
Hands down, one of my favorite blogs in the world is Eat this Poem. Nicole elegantly combines these two loves of mine into a recipe for total fulfillment. Just take a look at this lovely combination of Pablo Neruda (swoon) with a crusty bread recipe meant to sop up soup and tears. Ode to Bread is just one example of Nicole’s eloquence with both photography and writing.
And once each day, I received a quiet post from poetrying. It’s always welcome and a bit mysterious. No “About” section. Comments are closed.
In Other Poetry News:
Hellogiggles found 5 videos from one or more poetry slams that capture amazing tales of quirks and schisms in real life. My personal favorite of this group is Neil Hilborne’s poem “OCD”. The sad tale of a relationship unraveling leaves me with hope and Lily Myer’s Shrinking Woman is a tail that ought to be heard by women everywhere.
How are you incorporating poetry into your weekend?