What are your favorite foods to smell, to taste, to eat? What ingredients are in them?
When do you eat your favorite foods?
How is poetry like food for our souls? What poems have fed your souls?
POETRY LESSON #4: Eating poetry
ACTIVITY: the poetry potluck!
Are recipes poems? Why or why not? When is food symbolic? One Psalm from the Hebrew Bible declares: “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” Taste and smell can be metaphoric. Think about the sacrament of the Eucharist/communion: hoc est corpus meus.
Food and drink in the Song of Solomon
a Jumbalaya poem
Write a poem with a bread metaphor or a wine metaphor, a poem about a memory of a taste or smell (remember Proust?), or imagine something you desire to taste or smell
Read poems about different kinds of touch: tender, violent, accidental, metaphoric (“touched my heart”) … between people … in the natural world, etc. (See packet, including “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke.)