Taste Part 1: Food as Metaphor
First we'll start with a feast of words:
How to Eat a Poem by Eve Merriam
Eating Poetry by Mark Strand.
I love reading these poems back-to-back because while they are dramatically different, they both use eating as a metaphor for reading poetry. The Merriam poem is very visual and almost literal in its description of eating poetry, while the Strand poem is a bit more abstract, but fascinating nonetheless. In the latter, we see the contrast between the visceral relationship the speaker has with the poems and the librarian's reaction as she tries to maintain order. I read this poem almost as a manifesto for enjoyment of poetry and not letting conventions and rules get in the way.
What do you think about these poems? Did one of them speak to you more than the other?
Writing Exercise: Write a short piece (prose or poetry, either is fine) using one of the following titles:
- How to Eat a _______________
- Eating ____________________
- Recipe for _________________