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The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink Hardcover – October 16, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1608195510 ISBN-10: 1608195511 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; First Edition edition (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608195511
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608195510
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Poets have extolled culinary indulgence since at least Anacreon and Sappho, but poet and editor Young (Ardency, 2011) includes in this anthology poems that interpret food and drink in a myriad of imaginative ways. From Pablo Neruda’s condimental odes (“Ode to Salt” and “Ode to an Onion”) to Langston Hughes’ “I, Too, Sing America,” sustenance and libations play shifting and diverse roles throughout. Though gastronomic wordplay seems too easy to describe the smorgasbord of stylistic samplings in this melodious cornucopia, perhaps the “horn of plenty” is an appropriate figure for the anthology, as Young brings to the table a refreshingly flavorful selection of poets. It’s fascinating to read Natasha Trethewey (“Invocation, 1926”) and Charles Simic (“Watermelons”), Gary Soto (“The Plum’s Heart”), Martín Espada (“Coca-Cola and Coco Frío”), and works by poets of the past and to see how the poems diverge and converge. This is perhaps the great strength of any thematic anthology, work presented not in arbitrary or alphabetical order, but grouped by common subjects, such as Young’s food-for-thought categories, “Meat & Potatoes,” “Forbidden Fruit,” and “Giving Thanks.” --Diego Báez

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"The good news about The Hungry Ear...isn't that it sidesteps bad poetry (it doesn't), but that it also delivers such a groaning board of things to love, from Seamus Heaney on oysters and Lucille Clifton on collard greens to Theodore Roethke on root cellars and Jane Kenyon on shopping at an IGA...This volume is easily the best bathroom book of 2012, no small praise. (There should be a National Book Award in this category.) It's surprising that no one has thought to do an anthology like this before...What a great meal."--Dwight Garner, The New York Times
 
"Here is gustatory poetry for all seasons...The taste of milk, the taste of apples, the taste of wine, bread, cheese, the company of loved ones, the prescence of friends, all here, tripping off the tongues of some of the country's, and world's, most gifted poets."--Alan Cheuse, NPR.org
 
"The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink...gathers captivating odes like William Matthew's 'Onions,' Elizabeth Alexander's 'Butter' and Jimmy Santiago Baca's 'Green Chile.' Appetite enhancers for the soul, they'll make the food lovers in your life love food even more intensely."--Jeff Gordinier, The New York Times
 
"This anthology is a feast!"--Karla Huston, Library Journal (starred review)
 
"Though gastronomic wordplay seems too easy to describe the smorgasbord of stylistic samplings in this melodious cornucopia, perhaps the 'horn of plenty' is an appropriate figure for the anthology, as Young brings to the table a refreshingly flavorful selection of poets."--Diego Baez, Booklist

More About the Author

Kevin Young is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Dear Darkness, named one of the Best Books of 2008 by National Public Radio's All Things Considered, and winner of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Award in poetry. His book Jelly Roll: A Blues was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and won the Paterson Poetry Prize. He is the editor of four other volumes, including Blues Poems, Jazz Poems, and the Library of America's John Berryman: Selected Poems. The curator of literary collections and the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library and Atticus Haygood Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University, Young lives in Boston and Atlanta.

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I am very happy to highly recommend this anthology.
rioroach
When it came in, I skimmed through it, and I liked the snippets I read so much, as well as the variety of poets, that I ordered a other copy for myself.
twm
Heard about this book on NPR and decided it was a must have Christmas present for my daughter.
Violet J. Olly

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By rioroach on December 14, 2012
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Driving home after working the graveyard shift a couple of weeks back I turned on the radio to NPR and as perfect timing would have it Kevin Young was reading a poem called "Butter" from his anthology " The Hungry Ear - Poems of Food & Drink". As a vegan I am not ashamed to admit that my mouth was watering the rest of the way home. Knowing very little about poetry I had never heard of Mr. Young. I had only recently started downloading several books of poetry and haiku to my Kindle in the hopes that reading them would help me reduce stress. After listening to the entertaining and educational piece on NPR, as soon as I got home I downloaded this wonderful anthology to my Kindle. Let me just say that we should all be very grateful that Kevin Young is not only skilled at choosing poems (and quotes) that run the gambit from funny to sad to insightful to quirky to profoundly moving but, possessing a poets soul himself, wrote an emotionally stirring introduction that is poetic in and of itself. It gave me a previously undiscovered perspective on the importance of "The Table" in family and friend relationships. I guess I should also thank Mr. Young for helping me take care of a large chunk of my holiday shopping. I come from a large family where gathering for meals is integral and this book will certainly be appreciated by all who receive it (I've bought eight so far). I have only one complaint: Kevin Young has written several books of poetry as well as edited other anthologies but ... ONLY this one is in ebook format. Mr. Young, PLEASE, I'm begging you. I would love to have all your works on my Kindle. I hope you and your publisher will consider this. I am very happy to highly recommend this anthology.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Michael Albert on January 25, 2014
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Most of the other review are spot on, but I want to add my voice to the chorus of praise. Five or ten years ago, I needed an anthology of "food poems" because I wanted to see the 'lay of the land' before I embarked on writing some myself. There were slim pickings. Sections of other anthologies (particularly, What Cheer? from 1945) had strong sections dedicated to "food poems"; but otherwise, the strongest contemporary anthology I found was one dedicated to issues of eating disorders which wasn't exactly what I was looking for. The Hungry Ear, however, is a genuine celebration of our second greatest appetite. Arranged by seasons, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and supper; appetizers, main course, dessert; seasonal harvests and drinks for all occasions, Kevin Young has gathered a praiseworthy, 300-page collection of "food poems." But what kind of poets would only focus on the virtues and vices of the food in question? The poets, at their best, see in our connection to food a connection with our ancestors and with our planet. They draw us to food's special ability to enhance a celebration, and to alleviate a loss. They celebrate food's ability to evoke memories as well. And I'm glad the editor has included "food poems" by many of my favorite poets from the second half, yea the last quarter, of the 20th century, as well as a few that are completely new to me. It's a reminder of food's magical ability to cement and strengthen relationships. And, Kevin Young's fingerprint again, the anthology begins and ends with poems about blackberries. (It's amazing how many disparate poets have poems about blackberries--and crows.) How can you be more attuned to the zeitgeist than that?
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By Nancy Lambert on March 9, 2014
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There is lots of solid material in this select anthology of poems on food and drink. The range is from older poems to contemporary.
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By Adam Matthews on December 7, 2013
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A lovely book. Good food gives me a poetic feeling, so culinary poetry is quite fitting. I would highly recommend!
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By King Nguyen on November 3, 2013
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Nice food poems. If you're looking for "food" poems, this one has a lot for you to pick and choose from.
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Great and entertaining. I will order it again for others. My brother and his wife loved it. They did not know who it was from until I told him. How does one fix this?
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By Violet J. Olly on February 16, 2013
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Heard about this book on NPR and decided it was a must have Christmas present for my daughter. (She's a gourmet cook and poet.) Both her passions in one book! She loved it!
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By lucretia on January 14, 2013
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I accidentally bought a Kindle edition of this; was surprised to see it ready to download on my Kindle. I had meant to buy it as a Christmas gift for my English major/foodie sister. But i'm glad I have it. The poems are by first rate poets and are a delight to read.
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