The other night, I had a thought -- and here it is in all its glory: I must be feeling better. What makes me think that? Well, I am still cranky and unpleasant to be around, and tired and etc. but -- and it is a big but -- i am noticing food related things everywhere. You can tell that by the binge blogging, perhaps.
Today, I am writing because I was reading a wonderful collection of the poetry of Rita Dove, who will be in Chicago in June, and discovered a lot of references to food. I was thrilled. The food references situated the poems, both in daily life and in particular (sub)cultures and regions of the world. They pointed to politics and to intellectual life, to history and to the future. Food, it seemed as I read, was and is everywhere -- even in the poetry of the second African American Poet Laureate of the US.
Here are a few from Rita Dove that will have to stand for all I mean here today:
Chocolate is, perhaps an obvious ones to include here.
On the other hand, a poem entitled Adolescene II might not be so obvious (but yes, you will find food-related reflections here). Licorice?
The interweaving of life cycle, political change, and food is astonishing -- and the ways the daily quality of food moves us through a life filled with both oppression and joy and . . .
So: read some Rita Dove. Have at it!