Posted: Friday, April 12, 2013, 9:01 am
This is the perfect antidote for our era of processed foods and artificial additives; a recipe for how to enjoy food's simple pleasures.
The parallels between food and poetry are plentiful and strong. Both help us understand our culture and our history. Both rely on tradition. Both fulfill a basic human need, and both are meant to be savored. Making those parallels even more explicit is the wonderful anthology, The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food & Drink. Edited by Kevin Young, this sumptuous collection offers a reflective and enlightening glimpse at the food and foodways we all share.
Arranged seasonally, The Hungry Ear presents an array of contemporary poets examining all aspects of the food we consume, from gathering to growing to cooking and cleaning. Their words serve as reminder of the primacy of food in our lives. While some works hearken back to a simpler time, others, like Joe Wenderoth's Letters to Wendy's, illustrate our very contemporary connections with food.
As interest in slow food grows and people increasingly identify themselves as locavores, Young's anthology serves as a reminder of our natural and abiding relationship with food. Accessible and relevant, The Hungry Ear is the perfect companion for food lovers and language lovers alike.