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1) This book revived my interest in reading poetry2) It also brought me closer to an old friend. He used to be quite the chef, and I mailed him a poem I enjoyed. 3) There are tons of poems on berries, which inevitably remind me of berry picking, biking, and lazy summers with jam and toast.4) It features one of my all time favorite poems - Supermarket in California by Allen Ginsberg.5) All poems use food as a metaphor.What's not to love?
Great collection full of great poets! I read it and I'm still hungry for more...poetry!
Great, now I’m horny for blackberries.
One of the best poetry anthologies I’ve read. Organized carefully like a cookbook. Many different flavors of writing that when mixed make the perfect dish.
Years ago I read a self-indulgent love poem to wine, a sassy, elegant thing that I can only explain by saying it could have been written by Oscar Wilde. When I saw the title “Poems of Food & Drink” I thought back to that poem. I thought of when people actually say "food and drink,” usually in the context of sumptuous feasts, relished gluttony, and delight in simple pleasures. Then I skimmed through it and saw an earthy book with poems about blackberries and sections about harvests. So I expected...
It was okay. Many of the poems are well known. There are a few that I really like, but many more that left me feeling annoyed. There are so many poems here that have nothing to do with food or drink. Just because a poem has the word "table" in it does not mean it's about food. The Introduction by Young is rambling and awkward, in need of an editor.
A fun collection. When making my list of poems that stood out (I usually do this when reading anthologies), I came up with less than 10, which surprised me. I think this was because I wanted something in particular - if only Pablo Neruda had written a poem for every vegetable and fruit! I guess what I'm saying is, when it comes to food poetry, Neruda is so delicious, everyone else lacks flavour.Fun, nonetheless.A sample poem.FallThe wild cherries ripen, black and fat,Paradisal fruits that taste
A well-curated poetry collection on a worthy topic. Regardless of your taste -- both in poetry and food -- you'll discover several poems that will make you want to find more by their author.Favorites include: "The Gospel of Barbecue," by Honoree Jeffers, "My Days Are Numbered" by Rick Moranis, "A Drinking Song" by Yeats, "Vindaloo in Merthyr Tydfil" by Les Murray, "Hot" by Craig Arnold, "The Latin Deli: An Ars Poetica" by Judith Ortiz Cofer, "Mushrooms" by Sylvia Plath, and Rita Dove's "Grape Sh...
Some great stuff, esp. by Sylvia Plath:"Big as the ball of my thumb, and dumb as eyesEbon in the hedges, fatWith blue-red juices. These they squander on my fingers."Love the final poem from Li-Young Lee:There are days we liveas if death were nowherein the background; from joyto joy to joy; from wing to wing,from blossom to blossom toimpossible blossom, to sweet impossible blossom.And also a lot of mediocre stuff that was readily forgotten
Sometimes I am just in the mood to read poetry. To just take a peek at a sliver of life and see a fixed point in time read true with the echoes of the living universe. Yes. I Love poetry, and it kind of grows on you. With a food focused one it will make you hungry and the next time you eat blackberries during summer or a perfect peach or barbecue heat you will savor it longer after reading these finely written poems about food.
I like poetry. I like books about food. Turns out I like poetry books about food. Sometimes I felt like it didn’t completely flow, but overall I really enjoyed the way this collection was organized.
A thoughtful and generous gesture towards a poetry of ordinary wonder.
I may have to buy this book. It is loaded with gems having to do specifically with food, tables, cooking, etc. A few are perfect for when I do recipes to my blog.
I love the concept of this collection. Sadly, the content was not very good. Although, the well placed Billy Collins poem doesn't disappoint-- the inevitable guffaws.
The Hungry Ear is a collection of 158 poems about food and drink which are bound to excite your senses. My wonderful sister-in-law lent me this book and it did not disappoint!My five favorite pieces were:- Oysters by Seamus Heaney - O Cheese by Donald Hall- Coffee by Matthew Dickman - A Drinking Song by W.B. Yeats- After Apple-Picking by Robert Frost
Just what the title says: an anthology of poems on food and drink. Some were more fun than others.
I love poetry in general, but there were few poems in this book that I enjoyed.
Favorites:Ode to Gumbo (Kevin Young) (p 125)Ode to Salt (Pablo Neruda) (p 198)Meditation on a Grapefruit (Craig Arnold) (p 281)
A favorite dining companion.
When someone says you’ll “eat your words,” I don’t think they had poetry in mind. Yet in the new anthology The Hungry Ear, compiled and edited by Kevin Young, we are invited to gnaw on more than 100 morsels in poetic form.When it comes down to it, there is perhaps no better metaphor for poetry’s place in our lives than food—it is soul food, comfort food, the thing that reminds of us home and memory and love and longing. It is at once delicate and messy, an idea manifested in the mess of a meal o...
I read this one as a companion to the Everyman's Pocket Poems Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Poems About Food and Drink, and while that one was good, with a mix of classic and contemporary, The Hungry Ear was even better, in my mind. First, it was a larger collection, and second, the poems were better arranged thematically.Young does an excellent job introducing the subject, and then placing the poems in a seasonal, meaningful context. The poem he chose to introduce the entire work was also one of my...
All anthologies of poetry contain better poems, worse poems and lots of poems in between; the differences are usually better explained by the variety of readers than by the variety of verse. Professor Kevin Young of Emory University gathered 158 poems which are, in some way, connected with food, eating or drinking. I would have chosen differently and so would you. He strangely omits anything from Ogden Nash's wonderful collection "Food." He should have included the character Maya's wine speech t...
A fun collection of mostly accessible poems to sample and savor.
Recommended by NPR. While I did not read every single poem in this collection, what I did read I liked a lot. The book's wonderful introduction by poet Kevin Young is a thoughtful summary on the place of food in our lives: birth, death, learning, listening, sharing, in good times and in bad times, etc. The poems themselves are arranged by the seasons and are contributed by famous poets such as Louise Gluck, Mary Oliver, Wendell Berry, and others who are not quite so famous yet have a great voice...
This book made me hungry! Hungry to eat, hungry to read, hungry to write. Kevin Young has put together a wide-ranging, eclectic collection with something for all tastes. His ordering is brilliant, and I could find no slant or bias in style in terms of the poems he picked. They range all over in time, in style, in poet, in place. The common denominator is food, and food is lyrically described, made into metaphor, used as a launching pad into story and memory. I loved nearly every poem, and there
As far as poetry goes I usually don't pick it up and probably due to the fact over the years it has been elevated to something rather esoteric. But I rather loved this collection because it made poetry so accessible because it was dedicated to a subject that everyone understands and has a relationship with: food and drink. I think this would make a great introductory collection of poetry to anyone's home library. Because the poetry is varied it allows for so many possible instances of someone ac...
First off, I find the cover photo incredibly appealing. Then, the author's Dedication and Introduction drew my in even further. I hadn't even gotten to the poems. This is one of my first forays into poetry, which is why I chose an anthology. You're not "stuck" with one author, but rather get to sample a wide range of folks. And what a range! I can think of only one or two poems that didn't speak to me on some level. These poems were worth relishing, and I took my time with the book. I'd highly r...
i think that I will never readanything quite like poetry. a food and drink anthologythat comforts my soul and appeases me.I put down my ploughshares,give thanks for the mealand the way that a pinotcan make me feel.Ok, so Joyce Kilmer I am not... But this book, edited by the great American contempary poet, Kevin Young, will surely delight. For certainly, everything you enjoy or experience one time or another: happiness, love, family, death, sex, trouble can be associated with food or spirits. Thi...
"If it doesn't rhyme - it's a crime". I know "smart" readers enjoy poetry - can not tell you how many of my most-esteemed friends rave about it and a character quoting poetry is THE archetype for intelligence but I just. don't. get. it. I'm sure this is a fine collection with many a "savory" verse, but it left me insatiate. And if I don't like poems about food - pretty sure it's not for me. (Think I just reviewed myself, not book!)
So, it turns out that I like poetry...especially if it is about food. I particularly liked the poems about blackberries and strawberries, and I couldn't help but smile at the ones about bacon. I did not particularly enjoy the poems about seafood, or alcohol, but that may be due to a lack, on my part, of appreciation for the inspiration for these poems.I'm quite surprised to find that I rather enjoyed this book, it was a very interesting collection.